More Than A Guilty Pleasure: Mastering the Romance Novel Form To Tell the Perfect Story

As you know, I argue vociferously that reading and writing romance and erotica is more than a guilty pleasure. It’s sort of a revolution, really. And, anyone writing in any genre should be learning from what romance writers do. To that end, I’ve been prepping for my romance writing course, which starts at the Alexandra Writers’ Centre Society on Monday, Sept 24. There are still a few spots available, and if you’re in Calgary you might wanna check it out:

More Than A Guilty Pleasure: Mastering the Romance Novel Form to Tell the Perfect Story

Learn to seduce a reader from the first sentence through to the heart-thumping, breath-taking, you-knew-it-was-coming-but-not-this-way! happy ending.ย  Motivated students will be given the structure and support to complete a first draft of a romance novel by week 8; beginning students will learn how to play with tropes, tension, pacing, climaxes (dramatic and other), dialogue, and character development.

Mondays, September 24 to November 19, 2018
7 pm to 9 pm
Alexandra Writers’ Centre Society @ cSpace,ย 1721 29 Ave SW, Calgary AB

REGISTER HERE

WRITING PROMPTS for Week 1’s Homework will be posted on mjanecolette.com as blog posts Tuesday, September 25 to Monday, October 1 at 4 am MST. You can join in these exercises even if you’re not part of the class!

SLIDE DECKSย and resource notes for each week’s class will be posted at mjanecolette.com/awcs each Monday night. You need a password to access the week’s slide deck and lessons, which will be given in class, and the class is held in person, in Calgary. Out-of-town folks–sorry! But, I travel–ask me to come visit. ๐Ÿ˜‰

  • Week 1 (Sept 24) โ€“ Foundation, Writer Math, Making Time, Practice
  • Week 2 ( Oct 1) โ€“ 3 Act Structure, Your Idea, Writing Drunk, Your Characters

(Oct 8 โ€“ Thanksgiving โ€“ No Classes BUT YOU HAVE HOMEWORK)

  • Week 3 (Oct 15) โ€“ To Plot or To Plan, Chunking
  • Week 4 (Oct 22) โ€“ Act 1: from INCITING INCIDENT to first CLIMAX
  • Week 5 (Oct 29) โ€“ Act 2, Part 1: avoiding the SAGGY MIDDLE
  • Week 6 (Nov 5) โ€“ Act 2, Part 2: crafting the DARK MOMENT
  • Week 7 (Nov 12) โ€“ Act 3: towards the HAPPILY EVER AFTER
  • Week 8 (Nov 19) โ€“ Next Steps: from revising through to publishing

WANT A TASTE?

Video of slide deck from Week 1:

WANT TO JOIN THE CLASS?

Last time I checked, there were still a couple of spots available:

Mondays, September 24 to November 19, 2018
7 pm to 9 pm
Alexandra Writers’ Centre Society @ cSpace,ย 1721 29 Ave SW, Calgary AB

REGISTER HERE

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Writer. Reader. Angster. Reformed Bohemian (not). Author of the erotic romance Tell Me, the erotic tragedy (with a happy ending) Consequences (of defensive adultery), and the rom-com (she's versatile) Cherry Pie Cure, as well as the non-fiction collection of essays Rough Draft Confessions: not a guide to writing and selling erotica and romance but full of inside inside anyway. Coming in 2018: Text Me, Cupid, a steamy romance in four episodes. Current WiPs: Queer Christmas in Cowtown, Jewel of the Not-So-Spectacular Boobs, All In the Cards, and Un-Valentine. Yes, working on four projects simultaneously is a spectacularly bad idea.

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