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The 2023 RWAust Conference

Here, finally is the report on the recent Romance Writers of Australia conference in Sydney. I already wrote about it once on the Word Wench Blog, so click here to catch up with that post. I’ll try not to repeat myself too much.  (That’s ErinMoiraO’Hara, good fairy  at the “Glitter” cocktail party)

Having not been to any in-person conference since CoVid first hit, it was both exciting and a little confronting to catch up with so many people at once. Some of the events were really crowded — and noisy. When a bunch of writers get together there is a LOT to talk about.  And it was so good to catch up with friends I hadn’t seen for three or more years.

On the first night in, I had dinner with my friend, Sharon, who was heading to NZ the next day for her work. I first met Sharon when she enrolled in a one-day workshop with me at the NSW Writers Centre, and helped me get back to my hotel. We’ve stayed in touch ever since.

Then on Friday, my friend, historical author Isolde Martyn took me out to lunch at one of her favourite restaurants — The Little Snail. This was my entrée. (Here an entrée is the starter course. I was quite confused when I first ate out in the USA and found that entrée was what people called the main course.) It was the only snail dish on the menu, and I decided that since I eat all kinds of shellfish, why not snails? And they were delicious.

I first met Isolde in the USA at a Romance Writers of America conference in Washington DC, where we were both RITA finalists for Best First Book. She won, and we’ve been friends ever since. (I’m the one with the green top.)

Then on Friday night there was the cocktail party. Our cocktail parties are always costume parties, and this year the theme was “Glitter” and wow, you have no idea how much glitter was in evidence. I particularly loved these glittery boots.

But so many people had glittery outfits. I made do with a beaded top I already had—which I’d been given some years ago — and made a silly OTT turban, with a black feather boa, a strip of silver sequined fabric and a purple and diamanté feather headdress I’d worn for a 1920’s theme, several conferences ago.  (I have a fondnesss for turban-type headdresses.) Here I am in my hotel room before the party started.

And here are some more photos of what people were wearing. (Sorry about the wonky arrangement — I can’t seem to get the layout to do what I want.)

Actually I was stunned at how many people had “proper” glittery outfits. Clearly my wardrobe is lacking. The gray beaded top is the only glittery garment I own — though I do have some sparkly scarves.

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Loranne
Loranne
10 months ago

Looks like a great time was had by all! You need to find some more sparkly clothes!!
Thanks for sharing!

Anne Gracie
Anne Gracie
10 months ago
Reply to  Loranne

Thanks, Loranne. But I’m not really a sparkly dresser, so I won’t be shopping for sparkles any time soon. In fact that grey sparkly top I wore is now a bit too big for me so I might need to pass it on.

Sharlene Wegner
Sharlene Wegner
10 months ago

You look plenty sparkly! Great outfit! Looks like you had a fun time!

Anne Gracie
Anne Gracie
10 months ago

Thanks, Sharlene. Yes our conferences are a good balance of fun and education.

Margot
Margot
10 months ago

Fantastic outfits. Looks like so much fun to dress up for a night with other authors. Probably great conversations all around the room. Thanks for sharing all these photos.

Anne Gracie
Anne Gracie
10 months ago
Reply to  Margot

Margot, it was lovely. I hadn’t seen most people for several years so it was fab catching up.

Lynne
Lynne
10 months ago

Certainly a happy bunch of vegemites. Love the bling and boas. Do you need more bling? Or just more feathers?

Anne Gracie
Anne Gracie
10 months ago
Reply to  Lynne

LOL I have plenty of both bling and feathers, thanks, Lynne.