A big announcement…

I got some seriously exciting news a month or so ago that I’ve been bursting to tell you about…and now I can…


I’ll be presenting a workshop at this years Romance Writers of Australia Conference- Love Gone Wild.

This is huge for me – and will represent the achievement of a bucket list type goal.

My workshop is on how you can use basic astrology to help develop your characters and create the conflict that all storylines need. I wrote a bit about how I do it here, but will be talking a whole lot more about it at the Pullman Hotel in Brisbane in August.

It’s a workshop that’s aimed at anyone with an interest in understanding what makes people tick – and how this can be used to identify the deeper motivations and deal-breakers of the characters that come to life on our keyboard. You don’t need to have an understanding of astrology at all – although you might learn something about yourself if you know your own sign.

Doing presentations like this is one of the things that I pinpointed when I sat down to do my marketing strategy and document my longer-term business goals. I committed to do something this year that would align with this goal – and so I have.

Am I scared? Absolutely. Excited? Absolutely.

I’ve spoken in front of large groups of people before in a corporate environment, but this is different. For a start, this is a subject – and a group – that I care about. I certainly can’t say that about any of the work presentations or training sessions I’ve done in the past. Hopefully none of my bosses – past or present – are reading this.

Seriously though, of course I care about my job, but anything that happens in the partition world is towards the achievement of someone else’s business goals and, as a result, I was detached (to a certain level) from it. This, though, integrates the two subjects I’m most passionate about – astrology and story-telling. And yes, I’m aware that in some circles astrology is story-telling.

The organising committee have shown a lot of faith in me – and having a subject like astrology in the workshop schedule is a departure of sorts from the usual topics offered. I won’t let them down.

Will I see you at this years Romance Australia Conference – Love Gone Wild – in Brisbane? Registrations are now open.

7 Replies to “A big announcement…”

  1. This is really exciting! I’m thinking of going but will wait and see re costs etc… That or Brisbane Writers’ Festival. Although I did tell a few people at ARCC that I might go to RWA – despite not being a romance writer…

    I think you’ll do a great job and it will be great for your profile etc…

  2. CONGRATULATIONS!! Fulfilling a dream is always exciting. I wish you the best…pays to know all that is going on in your chart and when to make the right moves and decisions. I always trust astrology, it works!!

  3. This is so exciting Jo! Good on you for having the courage to step outside your comfort zone and take on some public speaking. You sound very well informed on the subject of astrology and I think it’s great that you’ve united this with writing. Looking forward to seeing how it all goes! Hoping I can get to RWA this year. Fingers crossed!

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