WINNERS of the River City Writers Conference

cover picThe inaugural River City Writers Conference went off with an eXplosion of energy! I was so proud to be part of this electric experience as an award winning author presenter, sharing my personal story of my survival from bullying, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and mental illness, inspiring me to write ME & HER: A Memoir of Madness and the self-help sequel ME & HIM:A Guide to Recovery. I shared my memoir writing tips and how to Get Published.


Karen Tyrrell sharing ME & HER:A Memoir of Madness + ME & HIM:A Guide to Recovery

Fellow author Helene Young, Nas Dean editor and Anthony Puttee publishing adviser shared their inspirational knowledge of writing, editing and publishing.

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Helene Young Romance suspense author

The room filled with delegates, writers, publishers and editors was on-fire with their passion for getting out stories that entertain or change peoples lives. The incredible Delia Strange launched her sci-fi fantasy novel Femme AND she won first place in the Flash Fiction competition. BIG Congrats!!! … Talented writer Peta Fitzpatrick shared second place with Lorraine Sim and another gentleman.

Mentors:  Lynne Stringer editor from Wombat Books, Richard Andrew independent editor and Elaine Ouston publisher met with delegates offering positive feedback and support. Everyone came away with practical doable action plans on how to amp up their craft of writing and Get Published.

I would like to thank the unstoppable Raelene Purtill for organizing River City Writers Conference with such conviction. Her amazing assistant Denise Covey who worked tirelessly behind the scenes.


Karen Tyrrell, Raelene Purtill, Denise Covey, Charmaine Clancy, Nas Dean

Sharing my TOP Writing Tips  to Accelerate your Publishing Success

1. Write what your Passionate about, it will shine through your writing.

2. Create an pro-active Author Platform, and become the expert in your field.

3. NEVER, ever give up!  Write every single day. Keep writing and submitting.

What were my Highlights?

I met online friends face-to-face, hearing their their personal journeys and triumphs. My heart warmed,  understanding their passion to get their stories out to the world.

Please watch out for these dedicated up-and-coming writers:

Martina McGrath … Noeleen Eliza Bowen … Karen Fowles  … Lilly Hope Lucario.

If you’re inspired too, please leave a comment below >>>

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10 comments to WINNERS of the River City Writers Conference

  • Hi Karen
    Thanks for this great post and for sharing the wonderful day with us all. It was so good. Are you coming to any sessions at the Brisbane Writers Festival in September?


  • Hi Denise, Lovely to get to know you via The River City Writers Conference. I would love to attend the BWF but haven’t had a chance to check the program… yet. Working hard on multiple projects at the moment … and LOVING it … Karen 🙂

  • Hi Karen,

    You are an amazing and brave woman and your talk was very interesting. Thank you for the mention in this blog and I had such a fun time at the conference. Hope to cross paths with you in the future. Stay in touch.

    Best wishes, Lorraine

  • Thanks Lorraine, Lovely meeting you at the RCWC. I remember your radiant smile. Congrats on your 2nd prize again. I’m sure we WILL meet again. Take care, Karen 🙂

  • Hi Karen,

    Thanks for being part of a memorable day and adding to the wonderful atmosphere. Looking forward to hearing about and sharing some more writerly memories and successes with you.

    All the best, Delia.

  • Karen, lovely to catch up in person again. A very big thank you to Raelene and her team for organising the day. It’s always so uplifting to hang out with fellow writers.


  • Hi Delia, fabulous to meet you. BIG congrats on the launch of your first book Femme. Hope this is the first book of many. Hope we can keep in contact… Karen 🙂

  • Hi Helene, Fabulous to share a table with you and chat about our experiences. Wishing you all the best, Karen 🙂

  • Noeleen Eliza Bowen

    Thank you for sharing your inspirational story and writing expertise Karen. I hope to continue my writing journey with the River City Writers group. It certainly was a positive and creatively charged event.

  • Hi Noeleen, fabulous to chat with you at RCWC and get to know your motivations to write. wish you all the best in your journey. PS Thanks for buying my four books. Hope we can keep in touch… Karen 🙂

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