Conference Speakers 2017

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 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.


Guest Speakers A-Z

Mia Botha

Mia is a creative writer by heart, a copywriter by trade. She facilitates writing courses for Writers Write, she ghost-wrote the best-selling tashas cookbook, and she won the Mills & Boon Voice of Africa short story competition. 


She writes books, courses, blog posts and recently even a pantomime. Mia has used her many years of procrastination experience to create and she is currently writing 12 short stories in 12 months with a group of intrepid writers.


Show vs Tell

Malene Breytenbach

Malene het tot ouderdom 14 in Rhodesië (tans Zimbabwe) gewoon. Nadat sy by die Universiteit van Pretoria die grade BA en BA(Hons) behaal het, het sy as vertaler gewerk. Sy het in 1985 na Stellenbosch verhuis waar sy die grade Hons, magister en DPhil, MA en MPhil behaal het, en van 1990 tot 2008 aan die Universiteit gewerk het. Tans skryf sy voltyds.


In 2005 het sy by LAPA Uitgewers gedebuteer met ’n romanse, Palmyra herleef. Sedertdien is verskeie van haar romanses (kontemporêr, medies en histories) by LAPA en NB-Uitgewers gepubliseer. Sy het ses romans geskryf en verskeie van haar kortverhale het in tydskrifte en bundels verskyn.


Die opkoms van die beta-held (paneelbespreek)

Writing Historicals

Cairistine Canary

Cairistine Canary het tale op Stellenbosch studeer. Na vyf jaar in die onderwys, het sy by NB-Uitgewers aangesluit. Sy is sedert April werksaam as redakteur.


Die opkoms van die beta-held (paneelbespreek)

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Rebecca Crowley

Rebecca hails from Manhattan, Kansas, home of Kansas State University and ubiquitous references to ‘The Little Apple’. She pulled up her Midwestern roots to attend Barnard College in New York City, where she remained for two years after graduation before moving to London to pursue an MA at UCL. After six years, innumerable pints of lager, and too many hours spent on public transportation, she made the leap to the sunny Johannesburg, South Africa.


Today, Rebecca writes smart romance with flawed heroines, redemptive heroes and a dash of sensibility.


All the Single Ladies

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Anthony Ehlers

Anthony, a creative writing facilitator for Writers Write since 2007, has been encouraging and inspiring writers young and old with his energy, humour and insights into novels, short stories, and movies.


He was twice runner-up in the Essentials / Mills & Boon Voice of Africa competition (2009, 2010). Anthony’s short stories have been published in anthologies sponsored by the National Arts Festival SA. In 2013, his crime short story was included in Bloody Satisfied, and his erotic drama was included in Adults Only. His story, Breaking the Rules, also featured in SA Playboy magazine in 2014.


As a scriptwriter, he has written four television features for the popular Mzansi Love rom-com on SA television. An original screenplay, Voices of Faith, was filmed earlier this year and is in post-production.


Anthony believes that when you meld craft, passion, and perseverance together, you will succeed as a romance writer.


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Finding Your Voice

Writing Erotic Romance

Giving & Receiving critiques

Marlies Haupt

Marlies Haupt het in die laeveld van die verre Noorde van die land grootgeword. Haar hoërskoolloopbaan is in die Kaap voltooi. Aangesien lees en kreatief wees van kleins af groot liefdes was, was ’n studie met Afrikaans en Engels as hoofvakke ’n natuurlike gevolg. Sy het ’n BPhil Joernalistiek (2012) en MA in Afrikaans en Nederlands (2014) aan die US voltooi. Nadat sy as joernalis vir Die Burger en Huisgenoot gewerk het, het die uitgewersgogga onverwags en behoorlik gebyt. Haar uitgewertande is as redaksiehoof by Naledi Uitgewers in die Kaap geslyp. Sedert November 2014 is sy die Romanza-uitgewer by LAPA Uitgewers in Pretoria. Marlies is verslaaf aan lees en swem, is mal oor kuns en bestee so veel as moontlik tyd in die natuur.


Die goedmaak en tot niet maak van genderstereotipes in die romansgenre

Suzanne Jefferies

Suzanne Jefferies is a published contemporary, paranormal and erotica romance writer. She's won the 2011 Mills & Boon Voice of Africa competition, and the 2016 ROSA Imbali Award for excellence in romance writing.  She works as a writer-for-hire, mostly for public companies, hustling for gigs, as well as writing articles for big, glossy corporate magazines.


Have you lost the plot?

Creating Kick-ass Female Characters

Joanne Macgregor

When not writing books, Joanne Macgregor is a Counselling Psychologist in private practice. She consults and writes on alternate days, and in completely different head-spaces and physical environments.


She started her professional life as a high school English Teacher, but has also worked as an IT trainer, a theatre dogsbody, and management consultant. Also as a waitress, an in-store frozen vegetable demonstrator and make-up artist.


Although she lives in the frenetic adrenaline-rush that is the city of Joburg, Joanne has always been in love with nature, and escapes into the mountains and the bush whenever she can. She’s a pretty good cook, grows vegetables, and is addicted to chilies and bulletproof coffee.

Joanne is a bird of many feathers and enjoys writing for different ages.

She is the author of several books for young adults.


Writing YA (Young Adult)

Self publishing for beginners

Carolyn Meads

Carolyn Meads is the Fiction Publisher at Kwela Books, an imprint of NB Publishers. Kwela was established in 1994 with the aim to broaden the scope of South African fiction and to tell stories that had not be heard before. Before starting her career in publishing, Carolyn was the editor of the literary website Books LIVE. She holds an honours degree in Afrikaans and Dutch and a BPhil degree in Journalism from Stellenbosch University. She is working on her masters degree in Literary Translation part-time.


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Didi Potgieter

Didi Potgieter woon haar lewe lank op Potchefstroom. Vandat sy kan onthou skryf sy liefdesverhale in haar kop, maar ʼn finale-jaarsopdrag het haar gedwing om dit op papier te waag. So het Leer my Liefhê, haar eerste romanza die lig gesien. Met ʼn man en twee kinders en die verantwoordelikheid van brood op die tafel sit, was haar program amper oorvol en tyd vir skryf maar min. Tog het die stories en die karakters bly opduik en aan die begin van 2017 het Didi besluit om voltyds te begin skryf.


Aangename kennis: leer ken jou karakters

Rae Rivers

Rae Rivers is an avid reader and writer with a passion for writing Paranormal Romances and Romantic Suspense novels. She is a RWA and ROSA member and the author of the magical Paranormal Romance trilogy, The Keepers, published with HarperCollins. Rae lives on a flower farm in Cape Town, South Africa, with her husband and children and a zoo of pets. Besides writing, she loves time spent with family and friends, the outdoors, travelling, reading and chocolate.


Newsletters and Mailing Lists

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Romy Sommer

Romy is the author of four contemporary romance novels published by HarperCollins, and has also indie-published seven books under her own name and a pseudonym. With her Hollywood romance novel, Not a Fairy Tale, Romy became the first South African to be nominated for the prestigious RWA Rita award.

Her passion for encouraging and growing aspiring writers led Romy to found ROSA (Romance writers Organisation of South Africa). Through ROSA, she has mentored and taught a great many writers, and now she offers her expertise via personalised, one-on-one coaching ​to writers of all commercial fiction genres.


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Erica Taylor

Erica Taylor is a mother of two and military wife married to her high school sweetheart. Raised in the mountains of Colorado, she holds a BA in History from the University of Colorado. Erica has been writing stories since she can remember, picked up her first romance novel while on a beach vacation as a teenager, and fell in love with falling in love, with sexy heroes and the feisty women who challenge their lives.


A self-confessed geek, Erica loves anything Harry Potter, Doctor Who or Star Wars, can spend hours in Target with a Starbucks and truly believes a cat makes a home. Currently living in South Africa, Erica can often be found writing during soccer practice or piano lessons and is not afraid to let dinner burn if it means getting the story out of her head.


What a Wonderful World

Joss Wood

Joss Wood loves books and travelling— especially to the wild places of Southern Africa. She has domestic skills of a pot plant and drinks far too much coffee. 


Joss has written over twenty-five books for the Kiss/ Modern Tempted, Presents and most recently, the Desire line for Harlequin/Mills and Boon. She also writes for Tule Publishing and has had two single title romances published with Penguin/Random House for their Intermix imprint.


In 2013 Joss won the RT Reviewers Choice Award for best Harlequin Kiss. After a career in pro-business lobbying and local economic development, she now writes full time. Joss lives with her husband and their two teenage children in northern KZN.


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