How to Write a Romance Novel
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Do you want to learn how to write romantic fiction? Join bestselling, award-winning author Shannon Curtis, for a workshop on how to write a romance novel.
In this romance writing course, we look at the conventions of the romance genre, the romance reader and reader/market expectations. We’ll explore the differences between category and single title romances, the Happy Ever After and Happy For Now endings, and romance tropes. Whether you want to learn how to write romance, paranormal romance, historical romance, romantic comedy, romantic suspense and more, understanding what goes into a romance and how to develop it is vital.
We’ll delve into the heart – and the psychology – of characters in a romance, and how to craft a romance that pulls at the heart strings of your readers and delivers a satisfying read. You’ll learn techniques on how to plot a romance novel, how to develop a hero and heroine that will attract and engage readers, and how to structure your romance story into a tight, page-turning read, and how to write a romance with series potential.
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This workshop takes place at Writing NSW in Sydney.
Expected learning outcomes
- Understand the romance market, readership, conventions, and tropes.
- Develop swoon-worthy heroes and heroines readers will love
- Learn how to structure a romance story and the key relationship milestones
- Learn how to develop a romance novel idea into a potential series.
- Learn how to connect with other romance writers in the community, and the different paths to publication.
Pen and paper, laptop optional. Please read our FAQ before enrolling.
If you have questions about this course and/or COVID-safe guidelines, please contact us.
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About the tutor
Shannon Curtis is a bestselling, award-winning Australian author who has worked as an administrator, dangerous goods handler, and a betting agent before writing novels. Shannon has written over fifteen novels in contemporary, romantic suspense and paranormal romance fiction. Her latest novel, Easy Target, won the Romance Writers of Australia’s Romantic Book of the Year.