2021 Full Program

The programme for ‘Love Finds A Way’ is below.

Please note that this programme is still a draft and subject to change

Friday 6th August

3:30 pm – 5:00 pm Registration – come to the registration desk on level 16 of the hotel and get your lanyard and goodie bag
5:30 pm onwards Love on the Rocks: ‘Welcome Drinks’ at the Foxtail Lounge (included in your weekend ticket).

Saturday 7th August 2020

7:30 am Registration Opens
8:30 am – 9:15 am Conference begins – Powhiri – Opening Address
9:15 am – 10:00 am Keynote: Jayne Castel

Persistence, resilience, and lessons learned over a decade in self-publishing

Jayne shares her writing/publishing story to highlight the game-changing things that have helped her make a career out of writing romance.

10:00 am – 10:30 am Romance Writers of NZ Annual General Meeting (open to all members)
10:30 am – 11:00 am MORNING TEA
11:00 am – 11:45 am Keynote: Nalini Singh

Writing across genres

11:45 am – 12:00 pm NZSA – Jenny Nagle
12:00 pm – 1:00 pm LUNCH
1:00 pm – 2:00 pm


Writing to Market
Open Big to Hook Them: Hollywood Ending To Sell More
Nat runs Kindle Trends, a programme giving authors monthly reports on their genre. He’ll talk to us about genre research in romance, and how we can use data to give readers the books they CRAVE. How to you grab the reader in the first 5 pages? The market is really crowded, why should they invest in your story? Ways to ensure you have the best opening you can. Then, why do you need that Hollywood Ending? To make the reader feel so much joy, love, bliss that they race off to buy the next book!

Great beginnings are what ensures the reader keeps reading your book (very important for KU where you get paid by page read only.) What are the most important elements of your opening scene and a checklist to ensure you have it in spades? Then how to ensure a big Hollywood ending and the power of epilogues. What do you need in the ending to ensure the next sale?

Nat Connors Bronwen Evans
2:00 pm – 3:00 PM


Social Media + Strategy for the Business Minded Author
Crafting Compelling Characters, Part 1
Social media is one of the best tools in our author tool kits, but it can also feel daunting when you’re not sure where to start or why you need a strategy in the first place. If you’re struggling to find your place on social media, need help getting engagement or want to understand the basic foundations of social media as it relates to your brand, this workshop is for you. 

This presentation will not only go over the basics, like terminology, but will also cover social media strategy as a whole in relation to the business of being an author. Learn how to efficiently and effectively maximise the best platform for your author business and genre so you get the most out of your strategy. Geared toward the beginner/intermediate level, but all levels are welcome.

Do your characters leap off the page and burrow their way into your readers’ hearts? If they don’t, come along and learn how to craft characters your readers will love with award-winning author Lizzi Tremayne, who writes historical and contemporary suspense, women’s, YA, and veterinary fiction.
 Anne Kemp Buttar  Lizzi Tremayne
3:00 pm – 3:15 pm AFTERNOON TEA
3:15 pm – 4:15 pm


Audiobooks for authors
Crafting Compelling Characters, Part 2
Learn about the audiobook market for romance authors and how to work with a narrator. Do your characters leap off the page and burrow their way into your readers’ hearts? If they don’t, come along and learn how to craft characters your readers will love with award-winning author Lizzi Tremayne, who writes historical and contemporary suspense, women’s, YA, and veterinary fiction.
Naomi Barton Lizzi Tremayne
4:15 pm – 5:00 pm Speakers panel – engaging with readers in 2021
5:00 pm CLOSE
7:00 pm ‘Passport to Love’ Awards Dinner. Dress to impress inspired by travel

Sunday 8th August

8:00 am – 8:15 am Welcome / Housekeeping
8:15 am – 9:00 am Keynote: Anne Malcom

Heroines of Romance: What the Romance Industry has taught me in six years of publishing.

How the industry has created opportunities for women to find and use their voices and the power of the romance industry.

9:00 am – 10:00 am Keynote: Nalini Singh

Productivity & Balance

Balancing writing with health and family, and staying on track with your goals.

10:00 am – 10:30 am MORNING TEA
10:30 am – 11:30 am Keynote: Jay Hogan

MM Romance—The Men in my Life.

How and why I started writing these chatty guys in my head, and what it’s like to be unapologetically New Zealand-focussed in a fast-growing and highly-competitive romance genre.

11:30 am – 12:00 pm Keynote: Jayne Castel

The roller-coaster of love: injecting emotion into your storytelling.

How you can keep readers hooked and satisfied by creating ‘juicy’ high-emotion scenes throughout your romance novel.

12:00 pm -12:45 pm LUNCH
12:45 pm – 1:45 pm


Using Amazon ads to find your readers
When the hobby becomes a job: how to write 4 or more books a year and still love writing.
A deep dive into Amazon advertising to market your self-published book. Find out how to use different ad types, how to tell what’s working and avoid giving more money back than you need to. Moving the Hobby to the Career isn’t easy. Add the pressure to produce and it’s enough to quit before you start. The Workshop contains suggestions and tools which you can utilise to balance the needs of your writing dreams with the needs of your writing job.
Deb Potter TG Ayer
1:45 PM – 2:45 PM


Reader Engagement – Creating Life-long Fans
Sex-ed for writers
Readers are our bread and butter as authors. If no one wants to buy our books, we don’t earn a living. So how do we connect with those readers? How do we encourage them to come back for more? And more importantly, how do we turn them into superfans? In this highly practical workshop, the SPA Girls talk about all the ways that you as the author can find your readers and then form the kind of lasting connections that turn them from casual readers into life-long fans. A workshop with a sex positivity coach, covering consent, toys, power play, sexual tension, writing sexually-charge scenes, and so much more. Bring your questions and leave your inhibitions at the door.
 SPA Girls  Emma Hewitt
2:45 PM – 3:00 pm Closing / Raffle winners / 2022 Conference
3:00 pm CLOSE