Monday 27 August 2018

An Interview with RWAus President, Joanne Boog

By Marilyn Forsyth

I’d like to introduce you to the new RWAus president, Joanne Boog. I spent a delightful few minutes chatting with her at last week’s conference in Sydney. She is truly honoured to have been selected for the position and enthusiastic about the future of RWAus.

What is your vision for the future of RWAus?

I want RWAus to be the best it can be by combining new ways of thinking with ways that have proved successful in the past.

What inspired you to apply for the position?

Firstly, I was surprised at the small number prepared to put their hand up for the position. Yes, it’s a big role, but it’s also a vital one, and reliant on volunteers.

I felt I had the ability to do the job but I wasn’t sure I’d be acceptable. I subsequently found out that not only was I acceptable but the selection committee wanted to know where I’d been hiding.

What do you bring to the position of President?

I’m a graduate of the Institute of Company Directors and have both experience and expertise in writing policies and procedures. Having managed a law firm for fourteen years, I think I have a pretty good feel for the running of a large organisation.

More importantly, I’ve been a member of RWAus for ten years which puts me in a position of knowing what RWAus is all about.

What do you see as your role?

To represent RWAus to the world at large. I want to not only support our current members but to encourage more people to join. Our current membership is about 700, having decreased over the last couple of years. I’d like to see that situation reversed.

How do you envisage doing that?

The fabulous new committee and I are committed to providing our members with more than education about the craft of writing and publishing opportunities. We want to inspire our members.

We have been working on a number of ideas, some of which will be presented to the membership for their consideration.

We intend to maintain the great relationships we have with all the Australian agents and publishing houses and hope to expand that area globally.

The great beauty about RWAus is that it provides support for all writers, whether multi-published or yet-to-be published. We will continue to do that, while promoting and providing opportunities for authors seeking traditional publication or who wish to follow the independent route.

How much work do you think will be involved?

I realise the role will be time-consuming, but RWAus has done so much for me that I feel I need to give something back.

In what ways has RWAus helped you personally?

Through the conference sessions, the OWLs, the competitions, it’s made me a better writer. And it’s given me opportunities to promote my work.

It’s encouraged me to be the best writer I can be.

A Message from Joanne: 'RWAus is a great organisation that needs to support the volunteers and members. If you know anyone who has left RWAus please ask them to let me know why. I can be contacted at If you would like to volunteer please go to the website and fill in the form. You will be most welcome.'

If you have a question for Joanne please leave it in the comments. 

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  1. Congratulations on your appointment to the post, Joanne. I'm sure it will be very challenging, and at times frustrating, but I also hope you find it very satisfying. I think it's a great idea to ask members who've left to get back to you on why they left. RWA is a fabulous organisation and support is a two way street. We need to support the committee and the committee needs to support our needs, communication is key!

    1. Thanks Alyssa. I want to communicate with past members and current. Communication is definitely the thing.

  2. Hi Joanne! I greatly enjoyed chatting with you for this interview and I'm sure you will do RWAus proud as new president. Congratulations once again. I agree with Alyssa that Communication is the key to keeping RWAus the fabulous organization that it is.

    1. Totally agree Marilyn. Thanks for the interview

  3. Thank you Joanne for taking on this vital role. We need a president who is willing to look outside the box to make this fantastic organisation really flourish and I think you and your team are just the people to do it.

    1. Thanks Cassie. The team are so very enthusiastic. And I think we have what it takes.

  4. Hi Joanne. Congratulations on your new role as President of RWA. As a founding member I always want the best for RWA and your enthusiasm in also wanting the best shows in your willingness to take on the responsibility of making RWA the organisation all romance writers want to belong to. Thank you.

  5. Thanks Enisa. I feel honoured.

  6. Joanne, congratulations on your new appointment as RWA President. I do hope your time in office with the new committee goes well. Sometimes it truly is a thankless job, but it is also a wonderful job, and you will make new friends for life. Thankyou for stepping forward.

  7. Have been extolling the virtues of RWA to romance writer friends who aren't members. Think I have at least one of them joining. Best of luck, Joanne.

  8. Congratulations, Joanne, and all the best in your new position.

  9. How sad for RWA that Joanne's vision may not be realized. Hopefully the committee will carry on with some of her ideals.


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