Romance Writing II -- The Workshop Edition

An intense six week, hands-on workshop for techniques and skills a romance writer needs once they have the basics under their belt. Ideal for the writer who is well on the way to completing at least one romance novel.

The course will guide the newer writer through the process of marketing her work, and help more established writers brush up and fine tune their marketing techniques.

The on-line course will use a combination of e-mail, PDF distributed documents, and IRC.


  • How to give it
  • How to take it
  • "Rules"
  • Mining critiques for their value

Plotting, conflict

  • Upping the emotional intensity
  • Story structure
  • Foreshadowing
  • Balance
  • Advanced techniques
  • Symbolism


  • Main traits/needs
  • Motive

Secondary characters & balance

  • Advance techniques: Conflicting Main traits
  • Presenting character
  • Filtering viewpoint & Emotional reaction to events
  • The dumb reader syndrome

Opening of the novel

  • Introducing the hero and heroine
  • Setting up the conflict.
  • Dropping a body through the ceiling


  • Vs. Narrative Summary
  • And Setting
  • Filtering through POV
  • Redundancies
  • Telling & showing

Point of View

  • Deep third.
  • Using POV to increase emotional intensity


  • Getting rid of creaky mechanics
  • Introspection
  • Beats & rhythm


  • Transparency
  • Proportion
  • Line Editing
  • Repetition
  • Hack techniques


  • Submissions
  • Market campaign
  • Professionalism
  • Handling rejection


  • What they do for you
  • What they don't do for you
  • Getting one

Contact Susan Lieberman, Writing Works Manager, at Grant MacEwan Community College for enrolment information, or phone (780) 497-5346 and ask for Marilyn or Ann.

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