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Creative Writing - Romantic Writing Diploma - CPD Accredited

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20 CPD hours / points
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  • Exam(s) / assessment(s) is included in price
  • Tutor is available to students

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Best Selling Writing Diploma - CPD Accredited

Do you have a love for writing? Have you ever thought about obtaining a qualification in Romantic Story Writing.

With the only CPD accredited Romantic Writing course you can become qualified just like thousands of other people who have taken our courses. For a one-off fee you can study online and complete the course in about 10 hours.

The comprehensive syllabus is supported by experienced tutors who are there to help you through email. With 13 modules to cover (full breakdown below), you can learn everything you need to know to write your first fantasy story.

Your qualification will be recognised and can be checked for validity on our dedicated website. Get your creative side flowing and get your Romantic Writing Accreditation today.

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20 CPD hours / points
Accredited by The CPD Certification Service

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Module 1

Introduction to Becoming a Romance Writer

In this first module we will take a look at:

  • The basics of romance writing
  • An example of the typical romance novel outline
  • The essential elements of what being a romance writer involves
  • Suggestions about who might be interested in becoming a romance writer
  • Plus much more...

Module 2

What do you need to become a Romance Writer?

In this module, we'll examine:

  • What tools you'll need to become a romance writer
  • What personal skills an aspiring romance writer should possess
  • The advantages and disadvantages or working from home as a writer
  • How to do the research and exercise your creativity on a regular basis
  • Plus much more...

Module 3

Be Guided by the Best – A Look at Successful Romance Writers

In this module, we'll review profiles of:

  • Heidi Rice, who went from romance reader to writer
  • Amanda Hocking, the self-publishing millionaire
  • Nicholas Sparks, the male romance writer
  • Danielle Steel, the bestselling author alive
  • Plus much more...

Module 4

Selecting a Demographic to Write for and Deciding on Your Specific Point of View

In this module, we will cover the selection of a demographic to write for, and deciding what your point of view will be, including:

  • Sub-genres within the romance genre
  • Understanding demographics and statistics to really know your audience
  • Tips on how to identify who your target audience is
  • Beach reads - who will be after your steamy summer tale?
  • Plus much more...

Module 5

Overcoming the First Page and Establishing Your Story’s Setting

In this module we are going to actually get started with writing! We will take a closer look at:

  • How to write a fabulous first page, with what you should include and leave out
  • Different approaches for your first chapter
  • Why the setting is so important
  • How important the setting is to your romance novel
  • Plus much more...

Module 6

Building Your Romance Story’s Characters

In this module, we'll review:

  • How to write a character profile
  • The key to knowing your characters
  • The heroine - the key to a great romance novel
  • How to create romantic heroes your readers will love
  • Plus much more...

Module 7

Planning Your Romance Story’s Plot

In this module, we will take a look at:

  • The role of plot within your story
  • How to plot your romance novel
  • Common romance novel plot attributes
  • Fabulous plot ideas to get you fired up and ready to write
  • Plus much more...

Module 8

Using a Backstory without Being Boring

We'll look at:

  • What exactly is backstory?
  • The most important tip for creating an interesting backstory
  • How to weave backstory smoothly into your romance novel
  • How Harlequin Romance editors work on backstory with authors
  • Plus much more...

Module 9

Writing Dialogue to Keep Your Story Flowing

In this module, we will take a look at how to keep your dialogue flowing naturally, including:

  • Some essential dialogue writing tips
  • Writer's Digest's tools of dialogue
  • How to make your dialogue seem more organic
  • Writing romantic dialogue
  • Plus much more...

Module 10

Improving Confidence and Sense of Purpose

In this module, we will take a look at how to build up your confidence and sense of purpose as a writer, including:

  • How to build your writing confidence
  • Secrets for writing with confidence
  • How to overcome writer's doubt
  • Tips for writing with a sense of purpose
  • Plus much more...

Module 11

Practical Writing Exercises in the Romance Writing Niche

We will take a look at:

  • The lover's spat exercise
  • Writing from random idea generators
  • Creative writing prompts for romance novels
  • Characterisation exercises for romance writers
  • Plus much more...

Module 12

Illustrating Your Romance Writing and Working with Illustrators

Let's review:

  • Why genre is the most important consideration when choosing an illustrator
  • How authors can work successfully with cover illustrators
  • Where you can find an illustrator
  • The essential elements needed in a classic romance novel cover
  • Plus much more...

Module 13

Dealing with Publishers and Selling Your Romance Story

In this module, we'll take a look at:

  • The basics of submitting your work to Mills and Boon
  • The basics of submitting your work to Harlequin
  • Whether you should consider the self-publishing route
  • What to do if you get rejected
  • Plus much more...

Who is this course for?

There is no experience or previous qualifications required for enrolment on this course. It is available to all students, of all academic backgrounds.


Our Course is fully compatible with PC’s, Mac’s, Laptop, Tablet and Smartphone devices. Now more than ever people are using the internet while on the move so our course has been designed to be fully compatible on tablets and smartphones so you can access your course on wifi, 3G or 4G.

There is no time limit for completing this course, it can be studied in your own time at your own pace.

All tests are online and are taken either during or after the course, these are included in the price.

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What does study method mean?

Study method describes the format in which the course will be delivered. At courses are delivered in a number of ways, including online courses, where the course content can be accessed online remotely, and classroom courses, where courses are delivered in person at a classroom venue.

What are CPD hours/points?

CPD stands for Continuing Professional Development. If you work in certain professions or for certain companies, your employer may require you to complete a number of CPD hours or points, per year. You can find a range of CPD courses on, many of which can be completed online.

What is a ‘regulated qualification’?

A regulated qualification is delivered by a learning institution which is regulated by a government body. In England, the government body which regulates courses is Ofqual. Ofqual regulated qualifications sit on the Regulated Qualifications Framework (RQF), which can help students understand how different qualifications in different fields compare to each other. The framework also helps students to understand what qualifications they need to progress towards a higher learning goal, such as a university degree or equivalent higher education award.

What is an ‘endorsed’ course?

An endorsed course is a skills based course which has been checked over and approved by an independent awarding body. Endorsed courses are not regulated so do not result in a qualification - however, the student can usually purchase a certificate showing the awarding body’s logo if they wish. Certain awarding bodies - such as Quality Licence Scheme and TQUK - have developed endorsement schemes as a way to help students select the best skills based courses for them.