Romancing the Page
Saturday 18 May, 10am-4pm
Full Price: $195
Conc Member: $120
Romance is character-driven genre fiction. Forget about ‘the formula’–there’s no such thing. Like all popular fiction, romance writing must delight, surprise and entertain readers. Romance (in all its varied guises) accounts for a huge chunk of the international fiction market, and even adding a thread of romance to a story in another genre will extend the appeal of that book—as long as you do it well.
In this romance writing workshop you will study:
- what readers and publishers want, expect and love in a romance novel
- the importance of creating believable characters with strong reader appeal
- techniques to structure a plot that will keep readers turning the pages
- how conflict/tension drives a novel, and how to create and maintain it
- how to improve writing elements such as dialogue, point-of-view (and the power of deep point-of-view), setting, and foreshadowing.
- the changing face of publishing, what publishers and readers are looking for, and the opportunities of independent publishing (self-publishing e-books—a huge and fast-growing industry)—and some pitfalls to watch out for.
Expected Learning Outcomes
By the end of the workshop participants will:
- understand the difference between plot and story
- have gained a practical appreciation of some of the elements essential in creating a publishable novel
- learn about some pitfalls and pathways to publication
Pen and paper or preferred device for writing. Please ensure your device is charged.
About the tutor
Melbournian Anne Gracie is the multi-award-winning author of 21 books (mainly historical romance and romantic comedy.) A national bestseller in the US, she is published primarily by Berkley (PenguinRandom, US). Her books have been translated into 19 languages and include audiobooks and Japanese manga editions. A past president and honorary life member of Romance Writers […]