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POSTPONED! 2020 Omega Writers Conference

Postponed: 2020 Omega Writers conference
New date: 8-10th October, 2021
You will be relieved to know that as of this morning the 2020 Conference committee (Raewyn, Andrea and Narelle) have been able to achieve the postponement of the Omega Writers conference from Oct 2020 to Oct 2021 with no loss of funds.
Peppers Kingscliff is now rebooked for 8-10 October 2021. Everything stays the same. Susie May Warren is happy to reschedule for 8-10 October 2021.
Little did we know that our 2 year conference plan was to start right away!
I hope you are as relieved as we are, as right now we don’t need to be worrying about conferences, we all need to be focusing on our families, our health and wellbeing.
Raewyn Elsegood


Plans are well underway for the 2020 Omega Writers Conference, to be held from 23 to 25 October.

The conference will be held at Peppers Kingscliff, New South Wales (about twenty minutes from Gold Coast Airport and the Queensland border). Our main organising committee is Raewyn Elsegood, Narelle Atkins, and Andrea Grigg, but there is a team of behind-the-scenes helpers.

Andrea Grigg and I visited Peppers Kingscliff for lunch after the 2019 conference, and I didn’t want to leave. The resort is located right on the beach, but there is also a beautiful swimming pool for guests.

The 2020 Omega Writers Conference will be held in the main conference room which splits into three breakout rooms. We also have the Boardroom, for Hub appointments with editors and publishers (yes, Australian Christian publishers will be present).

Attendees can choose to stay onsite in either the Kingscliff or Mantra resorts (the Mantra is right across the road). The rooms are beautiful, and even include laundry facilities. There are other hotels nearby, as well as a camping ground for those who prefer.

Pool at Peppers Kingscliff, venue for the 2020 Omega Writers Conference

You’re probably wondering how much this is going to cost.

Well, if you get a group together and share, it will cost the same as previous years. A standard hotel room shared by 2 people (including twin beds) and breakfast for 2 people is $185 per night. If you split the cost with a roomie, 2 nights accommodation including breakfast will cost $185 per person.

Or bring your family—there are plenty of local activities to keep them busy, from rental bicycles available from reception, to the famous Gold Coast theme parks less than an hour away by car. Or just the conference bookstore, then spend a few hours by the pool with a great book.

Peppers Kingscliff are giving us great rates for the conference: 2018 prices 🙂 So get together with your friends and book now (there’s no risk—the resort offers free cancellations up to 30 days prior). There will be a shuttle to and from Gold Coast Airport, although you could also rent a car or Uber.

You can book your accommodation now!

Use this form for Peppers: Omega-Writers-Conference-Booking-Form-Peppers-Salt

Use this form for Mantra: Omega-Writers-Conference-Booking-Form-Mantra-Salt

(Please make sure you pick the correct bed configuration: King/King means two King beds, while King/Twin means one King bed in one room, and two twin beds in another room).

Book via salt.groups @ or fax 02 6670 5111. Payment is on departure. Also, click here to join the Facebook group to find out what else is happening, and to find potential roommates.

In preparation for conference, Omega Writers are seeking a volunteer to help run the Omega website and get set up for conference. If you have general IT skills, WordPress administration skills and an aptitude for learning new software, and you’d like to be part of the Omega team, please contact Meredith Resce at president @

And now, I’m delighted to introduce two of our speakers:

Susan May Warren

Susan May Warren

With over 1 million books sold, critically acclaimed novelist Susan May Warren is the Christy, RITA and Carol award-winning author of over seventy-five novels with Revell, Tyndale, Barbour, Steeple Hill and Summerside Press. Known for her compelling plots and unforgettable characters, Susan has written contemporary and historical romances, romantic-suspense, thrillers, rom-com and Christmas novellas. With books translated into eight languages, many of her novels have been ECPA and CBA bestsellers, were chosen as Top Picks by Romantic Times, and have won the RWA’s Inspirational Reader’s Choice contest and the American Christian Fiction Writers Book of the Year award. Susan is also a nationally acclaimed writing coach, teaching at conferences around the nation and winner of the 2009 American Christian Fiction Writers Mentor of the Year award. She loves to help people launch their writing careers and is the founder of Novel.Academy and, a writing website that helps authors get published and stay published. She’s also the author of the popular writing method, The Story Equation, and the co-founder of Sunrise Publishing. Susie is our keynote speaker and will lead our fiction stream. If you write fiction—especially romance or romantic suspense—then Susie is a must-hear speaker.

Amy Matayo

Amy Matayo

Amy Matayo is an excellent speaker, mathematician, seamstress, chef…and liar. She’s decent at writing books but not much else. Then again, the book thing makes her marginally cool and a whole lot intimidating. Not really. Not even her kids are afraid of her. She graduated with barely passing grades from John Brown University with a degree in Journalism. But she’s proud of that degree and all the ways she hasn’t put it to good use. She laughs often, cries easily, feels deeply, and loves hard. She lives in Arkansas with her husband and four kids and is working on her next novel. Amy writes edgy contemporary romance that crosses over from “traditional” Christian fiction, and I’m sure she’ll have great tips on writing great books and building a readership as a self-published author.

Iola Goulton is a New Zealand book reviewer, freelance editor, and author, writing contemporary Christian romance with a Kiwi twist. Iola lives in the beautiful Bay of Plenty in New Zealand (not far from Hobbiton) with her husband, two teenagers and one cat.