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Certificate in Romance Writing Online Course


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Summary

Price
£299 inc VAT
Or £49.83/mo. for 6 months...
Study method
Online, self-paced
Qualification
No formal qualification
Additional info
  • Certificate of completion available and is included in the price

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Overview

Start Now To Learn Romance Writing

Romance is the #1 selling genre in mass-market fiction with readers clamoring for more! To pen a novel romance readers love, you'll need to understand how to meet and exceed their expectations—exactly what this class will focus on. Whether you're a new or experienced writer, this course will help you broaden your skills and understand exactly what makes a romance reader finish a book with that "Ahh" of satisfaction.

You'll start by learning about the genre of romance and exploring why you fell in love with your favorite romance novels. Then we'll build on these insights. You'll explore how to craft three-dimensional characters your readers will love and how to weave a plot so your story grabs the reader's interest from page one. And of course, you'll gain valuable techniques—your "romance writer's toolbox"—to apply to your own manuscript.

But good writing is good writing, whether you're drafting a romance, a sci-fi adventure, or a thriller. With that in mind, we'll also spend a couple lessons looking at and practicing elements important for any writer to master: setting, pacing, point of view, dialogue, research, mood, and tone. You'll take on fun assignments that will help you hone your craft.

By the time you finish, you'll be able to pick up a book and figure out what makes it a best seller, or why it's been called a classic, or why it appealed to you as a reader. Even better, you'll have mastered tools and techniques so you can add those same elements to your own writing.

Course Fast Facts:

  • Learn Romance Writing Online Course in only 6 weeks
  • Approximately only 2 to 4 hours per week of study is required
  • This course is delivered 100% on-line and is accessible 24/7 from any computer or smartphone
  • Instructors lead each course and you will be able to interact with them and ask questions
  • You can study from home or at work at your own pace in your own time
  • You can download printer friendly course material or save for viewing off line
  • You will be awarded a certificate at completion of this course

How is Romance Writing Online Course studied?

Upon enrolment an automated welcome email will be sent to you (please check your junk email inbox if not received as this is an automated email), in order for you to access your online course, which is Available 24/7 on any computer or smart mobile device. New courses start every month to ensure that we have the correct ratio of students to tutors available, please ensure you select a starting date when you go through our shopping cart, at checkout. The course is easy to follow and understand.

Course Structure

Through well-crafted lessons, expert online instruction and interaction with your tutor, participants in these courses gain valuable knowledge at their convenience. They have the flexibility to study at their own pace combined with enough structure and support to complete the course. And they can access the classroom 24/7 from anywhere with an Internet connection.

New sessions of each course run every month. They last six weeks, with two new lessons being released weekly (for a total of 12). The courses are entirely Web-based with comprehensive lessons, quizzes, and assignments. A dedicated professional instructor facilitates every course; pacing learners, answering questions, giving feedback, and facilitating discussions.

Recognition & Accreditation

All students who complete the course receive a certificate of completion with a passing score (for the online assessment) and will be issued a certificate via email.

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Description

There are 12 units of study

What Is a Romance Novel?

In the first lesson, you'll learn a simple definition for a romance and discover the hallmark element of all romance novels. (Think it's just a love story? Think again!) We'll talk about why fulfilling reader expectations is so important, and you'll get an overview of the subgenres found in romance to see where your idea might fit. Finally, you'll take a look at the romances that have really resonated with you—the ones you read over and over again—to discover what makes a "great" book "great."

The Elements of Romance

Next, we'll explore what's needed to create a romance that readers will come to again and again. We'll start by outlining a short list of romance classics that are as popular today as when they were first written. Then we'll pull one classic book off the class Keeper Shelf and use it to demonstrate the eight essential and three optional elements all romance novels should have in order to meet reader expectations.

Characters: The Heartbeat of Romance

Our third lesson introduces you to the heart of the romance novel—the characters. In this lesson, 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, and examine examples drawn from some favorite romances and romantic-comedy movies.

Getting to Know Your Characters

Here, we go deeper into characterization. You'll learn to use tools that will help you get to know your characters on a deeper level. Knowing your characters inside and out will help you make them come alive on the page and better reach the high level of reader satisfaction you want your romance to deliver.

Goal, Motivation, and Conflict

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

The Basics of Plot

Now we're going to get to the meat of your romance: the plot. We'll discuss the difference between story plot and romantic plot, then take a look at the different kinds of romance plots that are common in the genre. Ultimately, we'll see how identifying your basic plot pattern can help as you're writing your romance.

Plotting 2.0

Today, we continue the discussion on plotting. Here, you'll explore the main components of a plotline and examine how to weave in subplots to enhance your main plot. You'll also see how you can organize your plot according to the Three Act Structure to ensure readers are eager to stick with it all the way to your HEA ending. Finally, you'll learn about some typical beginner's mistakes you'll want to avoid as you're developing your plot.

Scene and Sequel

There's still more to be said about plotting! Here, you'll explore how the elements you use to build your plot form the basic structure we looked at last time. You'll start by examining how you'll use cause and effect to create believable events that draw the reader in. Then we'll look at the building blocks of plot, scene, and sequel, and see how you can use them to structure the ebb and flow of your story.

Emotional Appeal

Evoking emotion in readers is a key element in romance. Today, we'll discuss two tenets of romance writing along with various tools that will help you write emotionally packed scenes. Finally, we'll discuss the all-important topic of writing a sex scene—whether or not your story even needs one, and how you can ensure the scene moves your reader along with your characters.

Fiction Writing Craft I

Good writing is good writing, whether you're drafting a romance, a sci-fi adventure, or a thriller. In this lesson, we'll begin to look at 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. We'll examine examples of each in depth so that by the end of the lesson, you'll be ready to start applying what you learn to your own romance.

Fiction Writing Craft II

In this lesson, we'll continue our exploration of important elements of writing fiction: research, setting, mood, and tone. You'll learn why research is so important, how setting can reflect and even impact your characters, and how mood and tone contribute to the overall impact of your romance.

After "The End"

After all your hard work, you'll finally be able to write "The End." But you're still not done! In this lesson, we'll discuss the steps writers need to take after they've finished the first draft of their manuscript. We'll learn about the need for revisions and editing, discuss the importance of critique groups and partners, and wrap the class up with tips on submitting your manuscript for publication.

Who is this course for?

Upon course completion, students will receive a certificate that will serve as proof of their study in this field.

Requirements

Entry requirements

Students must have basic literacy and numeracy skills.

Minimum education

Open entry. Previous schooling and academic achievements are not required for entry into this course.

Computer requirements

Students will need access to a computer and the internet.

Minimum specifications for the computer are:

Windows:

Microsoft Windows XP, or later
MAC/iOS

OSX/iOS 6 or later
All systems

Internet bandwidth of 1Mb or faster
Flash player or a browser with HTML5 video capabilities(Currently Internet Explorer 9, Firefox, Chrome, Safari)
Students will also need access the following applications:

Adobe Acrobat Reader

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