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

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.  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, 1721 29 Ave SW, Calgary AB

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WRITING PROMPTS for Week 1’s Homework will be posted on mjanecolette.com Tuesday, September 25 to Monday, October 1 at 4 am MST.

SLIDE DECKS 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. 😉

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

(Oct 8 Thanksgiving No Classes BUT YOU HAVE HOMEWORK)

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

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Video of slide deck from Week 1:

WANT TO JOIN THE CLASS?

I think there are still a couple of spots available:

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

REGISTER HERE

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