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friday 16 August 2024


7.00am Registration Open

OPTIONAL WORKSHOPS

HINDMARSH ROOM BALLROOM 5MOSELEY ROOMS
8.30am Romancing Academia
Curated by Amy T Matthews
Become a Marketing Boss
Elana Johnson
Rock Your Writing Career
Cathy Yardley

COLLEY 1 - 2
9.00am Pitching Opens
10.00am Morning Tea
10.30am
Romancing Academia
Curated by Amy T Matthews
Become a Marketing Boss
Elana Johnson
Rock Your Writing Career
Cathy Yardley
12.00pm
Lunch
12.45pm
Romancing Academia
Curated by Amy T Matthews
Become a Marketing Boss
Elana Johnson
Rock Your Writing Career
Cathy Yardley

2.15pm
End of Workshops

BALLROOM 1 - 4 
3.00pm Author Signing
More Information

GRAND BAR, STAMFORD GRAND
6.30pm Newbies welcome

                                                                     GRAND BAR, STAMFORD GRAND                                                                
7.00pm Trope Actually Cocktail party





saturday 17 August 2024



SATURDAY 17 AUGUST 2024
7.00am Registration Open

MOSELEY 1 - 3 COLLEY 1 - 2
9.00am Writers Room Opens
Pitching Opens

PLENARY SESSION

BALLROOM 1 - 5
8.00am Opening & Welcome to Country
8.20am It's Never Too Late to Reach Your Dream
BJ Daniels
8.50am 50 Years of Mills & Boon Panel
Panel Guests to be announced
9.50am Mini Break
10.00am Anthology Launch and First Sale Ribbons
10.30am What’s Hot and What’s Not! 
Kimberly Brower, Kate Cuthbert, Anthea Bariamis, and Rachael Donovan | Facilitator: Jem Gowen
11.30am Morning Tea

CONCURRENT SESSIONS
12.00pm BALLROOM 1 BALLROOM 2 BALLROOM 3 BALLROOM 4 BALLROOM 5

Partners-in-Prose
Christina Lauren
sponsored by Hachette 
Sizzling Direct Sales
Pt 1
Morgana Best
Sex Ed Uncensored
Mim Kempson
Success with Series
Anne Gracie

Sponsor Session
1.30pm
Lunch

CONCURRENT SESSIONS
2.15pm BALLROOM 1 BALLROOM 2 BALLROOM 3 BALLROOM 4 BALLROOM 5
Suspenseful Seduction
BJ Daniels

Sizzling Direct Sales
Pt 2

Morgana Best

Social Media
Strategy Unlocked
Jennifer St George 

Novella-licious
Megan Mayfair

Ten things a publisher
wants you to know
(and a couple of things they don’t) 
Jo Mackay
3.45pm
Afternoon Tea

CONCURRENT SESSIONS
4.00pm BALLROOM 1 BALLROOM 2 BALLROOM 3 BALLROOM 4 BALLROOM 5

How to be a Tiktok Superstar
Panel with Kat T Masen,
AK Mulford and Lauren Jackson

Your Literary Legacy
Fiona Shilton

Your Page, Their Heart
Kate Cuthbert

Writing Category Romance 101
Ally Blake & Clare Connelly
sponsored by HQ

Sponsor Session
5.00pm
End of Workshops

BALLROOM 1 - 5
7.00pm Awards Gala Dinner





sunday 18 August 2024



SUNDAY 18 AUGUST 2024
7.30am Registration Open

MOSELEY 1 - 3
9.00am Writers Room Opens

COLLEY 1 - 2
11.15am Pitching Opens

PLENARY SESSION

BALLROOM 2 - 5
8.30am Annual General Meeting
9.00am I Don't Just Write Kissing Books
Elana Johnson
9.30am Bestsellers Spill the Tea
Elana Johnson, Cathy Yardley, Christina Lauren interviewed by Amy Andrews
10.30am Morning Tea

CONCURRENT SESSIONS
11.00am      BALLROOM 1     BALLROOM 2 BALLROOM 3 BALLROOM 4 BALLROOM 5

Indie Evolution
Anna Hackett

Writing Between the Sheets
Amy Andrews

Representation or
appropriation? 
Panel with Jack Bridges
and Anita Heiss
Chaired by Alexandra Almond

   Show Me The Money   
Tanya Nellestein

    Sponsor Session    
12.30pm
Lunch

CONCURRENT SESSIONS
1.15pm BALLROOM 1 BALLROOM 2 BALLROOM 3 BALLROOM 4 BALLROOM 5

Your Blurb Blueprint
Elana Johnson
Trope-tastic
Shannon Curtis
Scriptwriting Kickstart
Kaneana May

Sign and Shine
Nicole Flockton

Creating Canva Magic
2.15pm
Movement between rooms

CONCURRENT SESSIONS
2.20pm BALLROOM 1 BALLROOM 2 BALLROOM 3 BALLROOM 4 BALLROOM 5

Cozy Mystery
Sub-rights Secrets
Kimberly Brower 

Fortune and Fiction
Catherine Evans
Trove of Treasures
Cheryl Adnams 
Sponsor Session
3.20pm
Afternoon Tea

PLENARY SESSION

BALLROOM 2 - 4
4.00pm Raffle Draw & Silent Auction Announcement
4.10pm Launch of 2025 Conference 
4.15pm Tropes, HEAs, and female joy: How to achieve longevity in your romance career
Christina Lauren
5.00pm Close of conference 





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