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CW 73 W — Romance Novel Workshop: Getting to the Heart of the Story

Quarter: Spring
Course Format: Flex Online (About Formats)
Duration: 10 weeks
Date(s): Apr 1—Jun 7
Refund Deadline: Apr 4
Units: 3
Tuition: $1000
Instructor(s): Jeanne De Vita
Limit: 20
Class Recording Available: Yes
Status: Open
ACCESS THE SYLLABUS » (subject to change)
Flex Online(About Formats)
Apr 1—Jun 7
10 weeks
Refund Date
Apr 4
3 Units
Jeanne De Vita
ACCESS THE SYLLABUS » (subject to change)
Romance novels are the highest-selling genre of fiction, topping the bestseller charts week after week. While other authors are having a hard time getting into print and finding readers, sales of printed romance novels keep breaking new records. If you’ve got a love story in mind and think you’d like to try your hand at writing a breakout romance novel, it’s definitely within your reach. But writing a successful romance novel requires more than a love story.

In this course, we will study the current romance publishing landscape and debunk myths about “writing to market.” We will explore the concepts of genre, sub-genre, and niche, reading and analyzing examples of best-selling works by authors such as Emily Henry, Casey McQuiston, and Jasmine Guillory so you can learn to avoid common mistakes and follow what the pros do to make their stories stand out.

You will develop a solid premise, clearly define your characters’ goals and stakes, identify the beats of your story, and complete a plot grid that can be used as a template for future books. Open to authors writing at any “heat” level, this course will include a Q&A about publishing and creating a career as a romance writer, as well as workshopping weekly writing assignments.

Author; Writing Instructor; Managing Editor

Jeanne De Vita is a developmental editor, copy editor, and former acquisitions editor who teaches writing and editing courses privately and at UCLA Extension, Writers.com, the Ripped Bodice bookstore. Her clients include New York Times best-selling authors and aspiring authors dreaming of publishing their first novel. She received an MFA in creative writing from the University of Notre Dame, where she taught in the First Year Writing Program. In addition to publishing an Amazon Editors' Pick series on Kindle Vella and fantasy romance novels under a pen name, she has ghostwritten more than a dozen books, including two USA Today best-selling romance novels.

Textbooks for this course:

Please see the syllabus for details, two books will be required.