Instructor: Shirley Jump
April 1 – 30; Fee: $90
Writing the Romance Novel
Romance novels comprise nearly half the mass market paperback sales, according to Romance Writers of America. If you are interested in becoming a part of this happily ever after industry, or just want to learn how to add a love story to your mystery,
thriller, or other genre novel, this class is for you.
You’ll learn how to take a germ of an idea and turn it into a story. We’ll cover the basics of goal, motivation and conflict as well as scene and sequel and plotting.
Bonus: A special emphasis on the hero and heroine’s journeys. Shirley will also address where to send your manuscript once it’s done.
This class will:
1. Discuss how to decide whether an idea is “big” enough to encompass a novel
2. How to create a strong hero and heroine
3. Deciding on character goals, motivations and conflicts
4. Developing a story arc
5. Developing the love story
6. Creating scenes and sequels
7. Polishing your manuscript
8. Resources for getting published
At the end of this class, participants will have a good basic knowledge of how to write a love story, and what encompasses a strong plot, as well as how to differentiate the different types of romances within the genre.