Title of course: Writing Romance Novels (Part 1)
How long is the workshop: 4 weeks
Dates for the workshop: June 4 - June 29, 2007
Workshop Instructor: Lori Soard has a PhD in Journalism and Creative Writing and an undergraduate degree in English Education from Indiana University. Her articles have been published in Woman's World, Executive Update, Cobblestone and many other publications. Her books include romantic comedies, suspense, mainstream and nonfiction topics. She teaches for a college-accredited correspondence course and creative writing to high school students. You can read more about her at www.lorisoard.com.
Workshop Syllabus: Do you love to read romance novels?
Have you always thought you'd like to write one?
This course covers the basics of what you'll need to know to get started on this exciting career journey.
Lori is the author of Become a Romance Writer and has published romance novels through Thorndike's FIVE STAR line.
Week I: What is Romance All About?
Tips and Tricks for breaking into this genre
We will study several key works
Rules, Rules Rules
Week II: The Romantic Journey
How to create conflict between your hero and heroine and get them from the beginning of your story to happily-ever-after without losing the reader in between.
Week III: Dialogue!
Dialogue in romance is important but just as important is the balance between dialogue and narrative.
Learn how to weave action, dialogue, and inner thoughts into a page-turning romance novel.
Week IV: Markets and Proposal Packages
Once your work is done, where do you send it? How do you format and present a proposal package? How do you write a cover letter or query letter that will get the editor interested? And last, but certainly not least, the dreaded synopsis.
Textbooks: The Elixir by Lori Soard will be helpful as we'll be studying this story in depth.
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