Welcome to RWNZ


Welcome to Romance Writers of New Zealand Inc.  We are a non-profit, volunteer-run organisation active since September 1990. Our aims are to:

  • Promote excellence in writing;
  • Support members to become published authors and establish careers in romance writing;
  • Promote excellence in the genre of romantic fiction;
  • Promote mutual support and networking opportunities among members;
  • Promote a positive and professional image of romance authors and their works.
  • Provide and facilitate education for members

RWNZ has more than 330 members, including best-selling authors and rising stars. We welcome writers at all stages in their writing career, from beginner to multi-published. New members are very welcome to join. Learn about membership benefits and how to join here.


Conference 2017: Love in the Digital Age

Where: Novotel Lakeside Rotorua
Friday 18th to Sunday 20th August 2017

More details to come:

Full Day Friday Workshop and Weekend Speaker is KRISTEN LAMB

Kristen Lamb is the author of the top resource for author branding in the digital age, Rise of the Machines—Human Authors in a Digital World. She’s also the #1 best-selling books We Are Not Alone—The Writer’s Guide to Social Media and Are You There, Blog? It’s Me, Writer.

Kristen has guided writers of all levels, from unpublished green peas to NY Times best-selling big fish, on how to use social media to create a solid platform and brand. Most importantly, Kristen helps authors of all levels connect to their READERS and then maintain a relationship that grows into a long-term fan base. She is the C.E.O. of WANA International and the founder of WANATribe, the social network for writers.

Saturday Craft Plenary Speaker is CHRISTIE CRAIG (also C. C. HUNTER)

Christie Craig, an Alabama native, is a NY Times bestselling author, multi-published writer, multi-published photo journalist, motivational speaker, and writing teacher. She has shared an audio file of her workshop at RWA NY that Bron attended and loved, called The Christie Craig – Polish Me Pretty – 5 Tips to take your Writing to the next level. Go and have a listen…

Her romance fiction is widely acclaimed for combining witty humor and heart-felt emotions with a suspenseful, sexy tone. She currently hangs her hat in Texas and writes for Grand Central/Forever. Her backlist titles are available wherever e-books are sold. Check out her website  and her Blog 

Craig also writes the New York Times and USA Today best-selling young adult paranormal romance series, Shadow Falls, published by St. Martin’s Press/Griffin under her pen name C.C. Hunter. You can learn more about C.C.’s books at her website,

In addition, Craig writes romance-flavored non-fiction with Faye Hughes, including The Everything Guide To Writing A Romance Novel and Wild, Wicked and Wanton: 101 Ways to Love Like You Are in a Romance Novel, a humorous self-help relationship book. You can learn more about Christie’s books with Faye at

Weekend Speaker is KYLIE SCOTT

Kylie is a New York Times and USA Today best-selling author of gritty contemporary romance. She was voted Australian Romance Writer of the year, 2013 & 2014, by the Australian Romance Writer’s Association and her books have been translated into eleven different languages. She is a long time fan of romance, rock music, and B-grade horror films. Based in Queensland, Australia with her two children and husband, she reads, writes and never dithers around on the internet.

You can learn more about Kylie 

Weekend Speaker is ANNE GRACIE

Anne Gracie writes fun, heartwarming regency-era romances for Berkley, USA. She’s a national bestselling author in the USA, a five time RITA finalist and her books have won a number of awards, both in the USA and Australia. Her books have been translated into 17 languages. In 2016 she was voted “Favorite Australian Romance Author”.

Visit Anne’s website at

Agent is Victoria Cappello from the BENT AGENCY in NY

Victoria was born and raised in Queens, New York and graduated from the City University of New York, Queens College. Before joining the Bent Agency, she completed internships at Serendipity Literary and the Carol Mann Agency. She now lives on Long Island and in her spare time she can be found teaching dance classes for young students or watching re-runs of The Office.

She’s looking for both commercial and literary fiction as well as young adult titles. My favorite genres are historical fiction, suspense, mysteries, upmarket women’s fiction, and romance.

Editor is Sue Grimshaw, Penguin Random House NY 

Sue Grimshaw is the Category Specialist and Editor at Large and actively acquires for the Penguin-Random House Publishing Group, Ballantine Bantam Dell, Loveswept and Flirt. Previously, Sue was employed as Romance Buyer for Borders and Waldenbooks stores for almost sixteen years.

Sue works with New York Times bestselling authors Virna DePaul, Tracy Wolff, Ruthie Knox, to name a few, and USA Today bestselling authors Stacey Kennedy, Tina Wainscott, Mira Lyn Kelly, Tina Leonard, Bronwen Evans, Maggie McGinnis and many more talented writers – and still acquiring!

Sue is a previous recipient of the prestigious Vivian Stephens Industry Award from the Romance Writers of America. Other honours include the Melinda Helfer Award from the Romantic Times organisation, Romcon Champion Award recipient, as well as many other RWA chapter group recognitions and corporate awards for excellence. Sue is one of the most knowledgeable people in the industry and truly enjoys sharing her knowledge of the Romance genre.