How to Write a Romance Novel with Irene Roth

Genre How to Write a Romance Novel with Irene Roth

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  1. Structure
  2. Genre
  3. GMC
  4. Plotting
  5. POV
  6. Series
  7. Shorts/Novella
  8. Writer's Life
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Class Length
6 Weeks
Do you read romance novels? Do you find a real affinity in the story lines? Do you find that cozy romances provide a wonderful escape for you, even when you life seems a bit in tatters? Do you love Hallmark movies? If you answered any of the above questions in the affirmative, you have come to the right place. You will love to write romance stories!

Few pleasures are as satisfying as hearing a good cozy romance—unless it’s the pleasure of writing one! Cozies are fun to read. There's a formula to the cozies that work very well drawing readers back again and again. Some cozy series are set during holidays such as Valentine Day or Christmas making them more intimate to the reader.

All romance novels have a central love story and an emotionally satisfying ending. Beyond that, however, romance novels may have any tone or style, be set in any place or time, and have varying levels of sensuality—ranging from sweet to extremely hot. Romance fiction may be classified into various subgenres depending on setting and plot elements. I will discuss the different types of romance and how you can choose whichever you would like to start.

What’s more, writing a romance can be so much fun! And it is a thriving industry. Romance novels have generated over $1.3 billion in sales in 2011. It has plenty of room for writers like you to get in on the action when it comes to sales. It just takes hard work, determination and skill. Together we’ll work on improving your skills in this workshop. I’m so excited to be running this workshop through Savvy Authors!
Week 1: The Elements of a Romance

This week, I will introduce you to what’s needed to create a romance that readers will come to again and again. We’ll also start by outlining a short list of romance classics that are as popular today as when they were first written.

Week 2: The Characters

This week, we will examine the characters in your novel. We’ll talk about what readers expect from your heroine and hero, as well as your options for making your hero and heroine uniquely your own. We’ll also explore how to use secondary characters to support your central story.

Week 3: Goal, Motivation, and Conflict

This week, I will cover three concepts that serve as the bridge between character and plot development: goal, motivation and conflict. In this lesson, we’ll create a character’s GMS chart, noting story goals, the character’s motivation and the internal and external conflicts he or she faces. You will see how developing the GMC chart provides information that will help you create plots that challenge your characters and satisfy your readers.

Week 4: The Basics of Plot

This week, we will examine the meat of your romance: the plot. We’ll discuss the difference between story plot and romantic plot. Then we will look at the different kinds of romance plots that are common in the genre.

Week 5: Scene and Sequel

This week, we’ll explore how the elements you use to build your plot form the basic structure we looked at last time.

Week 6: Emotional Appeal

Evoking emotion in readers is a key element in romance. This week, we’ll discuss two tenets of romance writing along with various tools that will help you write emotionally packed scenes.

Week 7: Fiction Writing Craft

This week, we will explore the elements of a writer’s craft that you’ll need to master on your way to penning your romance. We’ll cover three crucial elements that are central to all fiction: dialogue, pacing and point of view.

Week 8: Planning Your Romance

You will get a chance to start outlining and planning your very own story. Before the end of the workshop, you will get a chance to show me your outline and your plot as well as character charts.

There will be one live chat a month during this two month workshop. There will also be assignments each week that you will have to submit by Sunday evening. It is a workshop that you won’t soon forget. And you will learn how to write in a new genre that is fulfilling and rewarding.

See you in the workshop!
Class Format
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The forum will be available the morning (EST) of the day the workshop starts and will remain accessible to all participants thereafter. You will also be given simple instructions on how to create a PDF of all your discussions along with our privacy and data retention policy.
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Start date
Oct 31, 2022 at 9:00 AM
End date
Dec 12, 2022 at 12:50 AM
Registration end date
Nov 3, 2022 at 12:50 AM
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