Margie Lawson

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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, take a germ of an idea and turn it into a story, covering the basics of goal, motivation and conflict as well as scene and sequel and plotting, with a special emphasis on the hero and heroine’s journeys. She’ll also discuss 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.


Shirley Jump

Shirley Jump is an award-winning, New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Amazon, and USA Today bestselling author who has published more than 80 books in 24 countries. As an editor, she has edited more than 100 books in a variety of genres. She specializes in helping her clients turn the jigsaw puzzle of their idea into a book that not only stands out in a crowded marketplace but is also engaging and unforgettable.

Check out the BUZZ about Shirley Jump’s novels:

“Sweet is the word for this anthology from four top Kensington writers…Jump’s office romance gives the collection a kick, with fiery writing.” — Publishers Weekly

4 1/2 Stars, “With Jump’s trademark comedic touch, readers are treated to a well-crafted story about what it means to come home to face yourself and your past. The main characters are sympathetic and intelligent, and the narrative is constantly smooth and compelling.” — Romantic Times Book Reviews




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