ROSACon 2018

ROSA's 5th annual national conference, will once again take place at Melrose Place. This lovely, intimate venue is situated in the leafy suburb of Melrose, Johannesburg.


The conference takes place on the weekend of Saturday 22 - Sunday 23 September 2018

The weekend features guest speakers, opportunities for one-on-one sessions with local editors, workshops, and a chance to meet and network with other writers.

A gala dinner takes place on the evening of Saturday 22 September 2018. Partners and friends are welcome to join us for dinner, a relaxed social evening, and for the presentation of the Imbali and Strelitzia awards.


Gala Dinner

On the evening of Saturday 22nd September, at ROSA's annual gala dinner, the winners of the Imbali and Strelitzia Awards will be announced. The dinner is open to all ROSA members, conference delegates, contest entrants and judges, partners and friends. The cost for the dinner is R310, and bookings can be made by emailing


Scholarship Program


In 2018 we again offer two scholarship places to delegates who would not otherwise be able to afford to attend. To apply for a scholarship place, please email a one page motivation letter to before the end of August 2018. Please note that this scholarship covers attendance at the conference, goodie bag and meals only. Transport, accommodation, and the gala dinner are not included.

Conference Fees

Please note that the early bird discount is only available for registrations before 15 July 2018.



Accommodation is available on site at Melrose Place at preferential conference rates. All bookings must be made direct with the guest house. If booking at Melrose Place, be sure to mention that you are booking for the ROSA conference.


Alternately, there are a range of other guest houses, hotels and b&bs in the area, which can be found through Safari Now, Rooms for Africa or Lekkeslaap.