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For ROSA's fourth annual national conference, we once again return to Melrose Place. This lovely, intimate venue is situated in the leafy suburb of Melrose, Johannesburg.


The conference takes place on the weekend of Saturday 21st & Sunday 22nd October 2017. Space is limited to only 40 delegates, so book soon!​

ROSACon 2017

The Program for ROSACon2017

We have a jam-packed line-up of conference sessions this year, as well as opportunities to pitch to international editors and agents, and one-on-one mentoring for beginner writers.​ Click on the link below to download the schedule or talks and workshops, or email for more information.

Exclusive opportunities for delegates

Delegates receive access to a wonderful range of opportunities. There's a scene contest, with a lovely prize of stationery and books, the chance to chat to established authors and editors, and even receive one-on-one mentoring from them, and the chance to pitch your unpublished works to editors and agents.

This year's pitch opportunities include two international literary agents, Latoya C Smith of the L. Perkins Agency, and Nalini Akolekar of Spencerhill Associates, and editor Jennifer Herrington of Kensington's Lyrical Press. These pitches take place via Skype and offer an incredible opportunity to 'meet' the agent or editor 'in person' to talk about your work. 

Editors from local Afrikaans publishers, Lapa Uitgewers and NB Uitgewers will also be available at the conference for either one-on-one mentoring sessions, or to take pitches.


Meet our keynote speaker - Jane Porter

ROSA is very excited to have successful US author and founder of Tule Publishing, Jane Porter, as our keynote speaker. Jane will also present the Imbali and Strelitzia Awards at the gala dinner on the evening of Saturday 21st October.

Jane is a USA Today, and New York Times bestselling author of 50 romances and women's fiction titles. She has been a finalist for the prestigious RITA award five times, with her Tule Publishing novella, Take Me, Cowboy, winning the Novella Category July 2014.


Today, Jane has over 12 million copies in print, including her wildly popular Flirting with Forty, a novel picked by Redbook Magazine as it's Red Hot Summer Read in 2006 before being turned into a Lifetime movie in 2008 starring Heather Locklear. 


Born in Visalia, California, Jane describes herself as a small town girl at heart. She loves to travel, and spent much of her high school and college years abroad, studying in South Africa, Japan and Ireland. Jane holds an MA in Writing from the University of San Francisco, and makes her home in sunny California with her surfer husband, three sons, and two dogs.


Gala Dinner

The gala dinner takes place at Melrose Place on the evening of Saturday 21 October 2017. Partners and friends are welcome to join us for dinner, a relaxed social evening, and the presentation of the Imbali and Strelitzia awards.

The cost for dinner is R290 per person.


Conference Costs


This year for the first time, ROSA is offering two scholarships to attend the ROSA conference.

If you are a struggling writer who would love to attend, but are unable to due to financial considerations, please send a one page motivation letter to before the end of day on Saturday 30 September. Scholarship winners will be contacted by 10th October.

Please note that this scholarship only covers attendance at the conference. Transport and accommodation is not included, so if you are not Johannesburg-based, you will need to make your own arrangements for accommodation.

Contest for Delegates

Every year, we invite registered conference delegates to submit a short scene of no more than 1,000 words on a specific theme. This year's theme is: That one night.

The scene can be from your existing books or something fresh you write specially for this contest. The prize is this lovely tote bag containing Typo stationery. (What writer doesn't have a stationery addiction?!)


If you have registered for the conference, enter by emailing your contest entry to