How to Write a Romance Novel

Shannon Curtis

Saturday 22 October 2022, 10am-4pm

Full Price: $210
Member: $155
Conc Member: $135

Participants in face to face courses must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 and must comply with any other precautionary measures Writing NSW puts in place.

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.

Is this course right for you? Read our FAQ >

This workshop takes place at Writing NSW in Sydney.

Expected learning outcomes

Participants will:

  1. Understand the romance market, readership, conventions, and tropes.
  2. Develop swoon-worthy heroes and heroines readers will love
  3. Learn how to structure a romance story and the key relationship milestones
  4. Learn how to develop a romance novel idea into a potential series.
  5. Learn how to connect with other romance writers in the community, and the different paths to publication.

Participant requirements

Pen and paper, laptop optional. Please read our FAQ before enrolling.

If you are feeling unwell and experiencing any COVID-related symptoms on the day of the course, you must stay at home and contact us to let us know. As a participant in this course, you will be required to follow all COVID safety measures in place by Writing NSW to ensure the health and wellbeing of our community.

If you have questions about this course and/or COVID-safe guidelines, please contact us.


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