Romance Writing I — Syllabus

Introduction to Romance Writing: What is a romance novel? Types of romance novels. How to choose a type. Studying romance novels.

Character:
The heroic couple. The heroine. The hero. Character descriptions. Creating characters. Bringing characters to life.

Conflict:
Romance plots. Problems and solutions. Planning a plot. Cause and effect.

Love:
The developing relationship. Lust vs. love. Pulling the couple together and keeping them apart. Love scenes. Sexual tension. Finding the right resolution.

Storytelling:
Starting a story. Scenes and chapters. Story elements—narrative, flashback, suspense, pacing, foreshadowing, the switch.

Point of View: Point of view types—first person and various types of third person. Which POV to use. Choosing the POV character. The author's voice.

Dialogue:
The benefit of dialogue. How dialogue is real but not real. Handling dialogue. Dialogue mechanics.

Setting: How to choose a setting. Political correctness. Research.

Revision:
Reviewing your work. Tips for revision. Diagnosing romance novel “problems."

The Business:
The ins and outs of publishing. Self-publishing. The submission process. Agents and editors.

Note: Content may vary among individual classes.