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Conference News | 10 Top Tips for A Kick-Ass Virtual Conference with Daniel de Lorne

In ConferenceInterview by RWA Blog CoordinatorAugust 4, 2020Leave a Comment

RWA’s annual conference is looking a little different this year—thank you, Miss Rona—as it moves from its usual three days of workshops to five, all on a virtual platform. Every conference comes with opportunities for networking and learning, and the virtual conference is no different. Running from 12 to 16 August, with over 41 hours of content available, here are our top ten tips for getting the most of the conference.

1. Register on WebinarNinja early

The 2020 conference will be run on WebinarNinja, an online program that is run through your browser (Chrome or Firefox preferred). You need to create an account to watch the conference live or on replay so go create one now (and I mean RIGHT NOW) so you don’t run into any problems on the day. Head to webinarninja.com to register.

2. Test out the webinar software beforehand

Once you’ve registered at WebinarNinja, take a look at the helpful articles they provide which can give you an idea of what to expect (or better yet find a free webinar and attend it before conference). Check out https://help.webinarninja.com/en/collections/1905103-attending-webinars for helpful tips.

3. Add the conference to your calendar

There’s nothing worse than missing out. NOTHING. So go ahead and add the sessions you want to see to your calendar. You can either do this manually using the conference program on RWA’s website or through WebinarNinja.

4. Limit your distractions

We’re all used to so-called multitasking, juggling multiple screens at once. Hands up who watches TV while playing on their phone (and their laptop)? I know I do! And afterwards I can’t remember any of what I saw. Do yourself a favour and cut out as many distractions as you can so you can make the most of this learning opportunity. 

5. If you stay ready, you don’t have to get ready

Prepare your space the day/night before the conference, which means having your desktop/laptop ready to go and charged, any pens and papers at hand and computer programs for note taking set-up. You might also want to listen to the conference through headphones to help limit distractions so make sure they’re handy and charged.

6. Make it social

One of the greatest parts of the face to face conference is the social networking you get to do, but just because you’re not with 300 of your besties, doesn’t mean you can’t have a similar experience. Jump onto social media or a Zoom/Skype chat with your tribe to discuss what you learned during the day and how you intend to put it into practice. This will help ensure your best chance of implementing it. (And the conference hashtag is #RWAus20.)

Having a cocktail with friends during a video call during the pandemic

7. Pre-plan meals, snacks and tea/coffee breaks

The virtual conference schedule is tight so you want to have everything ready to go so you don’t miss the start of a session. If you can, you might even want to relocate the kettle into your home office or wherever you’re going to watch the sessions so it’s within easy reach. Have a selection of snacks available and pre-make your lunch (if you can) so you’re not wasting time wondering what to have.

8. Don’t feel guilty

If you’ve registered for the conference but can’t attend a session you really wanted to see, don’t be hard on yourself. The replay is there as a backup. Equally, if there’s a session you’re not interested in attending, don’t feel like you have to go. This is your time and it’s precious so make the most of it. 

9. Enjoy the conference in your own time

We understand that life can get in the way and you might not be able to spend five days in front of your computer screen. That’s why you can watch a replay of many of the sessions up to three months after the conference. Once the replays are available, you will receive a replay link to access it. (Closed captioning will be available on all replays, however, may not be uploaded within the first week.) For the best success, schedule when you’re going to watch the replays NOW.

10. Have fun!

We’re all a bit sad that this year’s conference couldn’t take place in Fremantle (especially the conference team), however, that doesn’t mean the virtual conference can’t be an enjoyable and valuable experience. We’re looking forward to welcoming you to this jam-packed program and hope you have an awesome five days.

Tickets for RWA’s virtual conference are available to purchase through Grenadine. Visithttps://rwaustraliavcon.com.au for all the details.

Check out the full program on the new conference website at http://rwaustraliavcon.com.au.

The awards ceremony will be held on Saturday 22 August at 7pm.

An online shop selling conference swag and a digital bookstore will also be included. (Look out on social media and your emails for further details.)
We’re also thrilled to have the support of our sponsors including our gold sponsor Draft2Digital, and our silver sponsors Reedsy and Harlequin Australia. Their generous contributions to our conference are greatly appreciated.

For those of you worried you may not be able to catch all of the conference as it happens, have no fear! All sessions will be recorded and available to ticket holders for three months after the conference so you can watch the workshops at your leisure. You must register for the conference before the closing date to access them.

Visit rwaustraliavcon.com.au for full details on the conference, including how to purchase your ticket.

Going to Conference on a budget

In ConferenceEventsGuest Articles by Online ManagerJuly 11, 20172 Comments

If you haven’t already organised your Love Gone Wild experience, don’t despair! Time is still on your side, and with some careful planning and these nifty ideas, you can come and kick it at Conference in Brisbane this August.


The first thing you will need to do if you’re intending to come along to Conference is buy a ticket. A core program ticket will cost $550 (members) and $580 (non-members). Included is the ticket to the ‘Bring Out the Animal in You’ Harlequin costume cocktail party on Friday night, the core conference program, and access to our exclusive pitching and manuscript assessments. Depending on your professional development needs, you may also wish to purchase add-on access to workshops, or other networking opportunities.

See the full list of ticketing information here

Getting there

Depending on where you live, there are multiple options available for getting two and from Conference. Interstate attendees may wish to check budget airline websites and sign up for alerts to get the best deals on flights, or alternatively contact our travel partner at Flight Centre to get their fare. If you’re living in Queensland then buses and trains to the city might be viable options, or carpooling with friends to and from the Conference venue could help save on petrol and parking costs. RWA has also negotiated a deal with AirTrain, for discounted rail transfers for attendees coming from Brisbane Airport into the city.

Read more about our great travel deals here


Conference is taking place at the Pullman King George Square Hotel in Brisbane. The hotel is connected to the Mecure Brisbane Hotel, so as part of our partnership with them, we are able to offer close proximity to all Conference happenings. In addition, we have a great Conference accommodation rate available at the Ibis Brisbane Hotel. If you’re looking for something more modest, consider looking for accommodation with AirBnB, or using a site like Expedia to find deals in a price range and location that will suit your needs. If you’re looking for a roomie, why not post in the RWA Community Group on Facebook?

Check out the details of our accommodation offers here

Food and drinks

Once you’ve arrived, there are ways to further cut down on costs you might incur as part of your stay. Most hotel rooms will have bar fridges and tea and coffee making facilities. You can avoid caving into those midnight cravings and ordering expensive room service by stocking up on snacks and drinks for the fridge at a convenience store, including cuppa-soup or noodles for warm and tasty treats. Bring a keep-cup and make yourself a coffee in the hotel room each morning, so you’re prepped and ready to go without needing to spend money at high-priced city cafes – paired with a store-bought breakfast bar (or those mini packets of cereal you remember from your childhood – they still exist!) and a piece of fruit, you’ve got breakfast sorted without needing to build it into your accommodation costs.

Around town

Cabs and Uber are available to get you from A to B, but will obviously incur costs. Brisbane has a pretty comprehensive public transport system, and even offers free buses within the CBD. To make things easier ahead of time, download their app so you have public transport schedules on the go.

Bookmark the Brisbane Translink website here.

Check out the What’s on in Brisbane page for RWA’17 to discover some sight seeing ideas.

Next year

Are you planning on attending next year’s Conference? Work out a budget early and put aside some money each week. That way you’ll be prepared for earlybird Conference registration, and even spur-of-the-moment discounted flight deals!

Do you have a few favourite conference tips? Please share and comment below.

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