Are you a romance novel addict? Have you started writing your own novel? Or perhaps you're thinking that you'd like to start? This group is a monthly, two-hour workshop on writing emotionally satisfying romance novels—from prose to plot. No matter your favourite romance subgenre, seasoned contemporary, urban fantasy, historical—all are welcome!
Each month, we’ll study a different romance novel and examine its plot structure and character development. We’ll follow up with a short discussion on the craft of creative writing, such as point of view, or setting up a scene, or specific romance plot points like the romantic black moment. We’ll chat about ongoing works, offer friendly feedback as a group, and encourage and inspire each other to keep going.
What makes me qualified to run such a workshop? As an indie-romance editor, I have closely studied the different subgenres of romance—its many tropes, norms, and rules—to be the expert my indie-romance authors need me to be. I have an MFA in creative writing and I have spent seven years in the classroom as a teacher. In addition to this, I am a contributor to Blush, a romance ezine out of Australia, which forces me to keep current on all the latest romance trends.
For our inaugural meeting, I was thinking a pub might be nice so we can have a little drink to loosen up.
I've chosen Indigo by Beverly Jenkins for our meeting on the 27th of April. I hope everyone who plans to attend will take the time to read it! Afterward, I'll summarize some of our discussion points so we can continue the book club meeting on the message board for anyone who wasn't able to make this particular meetup.
If you're curious about the book, here's a a blurb from Amazon:
"As a child Hester Wyatt escaped slavery, but now the dark skinned beauty is a dedicated member of Michigan's Underground railroad, offering other runaways a chance at the freedom she has learned to love. When one of her fellow conductors brings her an injured man to hide, Hester doesn't hesitate even after she is told about the price on his head.
The man in question is the great conductor known as the "Black Daniel" a vital member of the North's Underground railroad network. But Hester finds him so rude and arrogant, she begins to question her vow to hide him."
Afterwards, I thought we could chat about the craft of writing—maybe setting obstacles for characters. Afterward, we can talk about anything you're writing. If you have a manuscript you're working on, think about bringing it along and possibly reading a few pages—but only if you're up for it. No pressure!!