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Writing a romance novel is the dream of many people all over the world. It's no wonder: as the most popular fiction genre in the United States for the past three decades, there are more opportunities in romantic fiction than ever before.
What's unique about the romance genre is that it is a very specialized industry. There are standards for plot, characterization, novel length, and even formatting that are required before most literary agents or publishers will even consider turning your manuscript into a published novel. Most readers know exactly what they expect from a romance novel, and you have to meet these expectations in order to succeed.
This course will take you through everything you need to know to write the kind of romance novel that gets noticed. From creating a hero and heroine that sizzle to understanding point-of-view and knowing where to go for more resources, you'll get access to insider information on making the most out of your manuscript.
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Lesson 1: Welcome to Romance WritingThis lesson focuses on the romance industry and getting started in it.
Lesson 2: Genres in RomanceThis lesson focuses on romance genres, including how they overlap and the requirements for each.
Lesson 3: Getting StartedThis lesson focuses on getting started transforming the ideas in your head to words on the page.
Lesson 4: Romance Writing: StyleIn this lesson, you will learn what the expectations for style and quality are in romance novels.
Lesson 5: Romance Writing: SettingIn this lesson, you will learn what to do to develop a realistic setting.
Lesson 6: Romance Writing: The HeroIn this lesson, you will learn what to do to develop the best hero for your novel.
Lesson 7: Romance Writing: The HeroineIn this lesson, you will learn what to do to develop the best heroine for your novel.
Lesson 8: Romance Writing: Additional CharactersIn this lesson, you will learn what is expected of secondary and additional characters in a romance.
Lesson 9: Romance Writing: PlotIn this lesson, you will learn about romance plot development.
Lesson 10: Romance Writing: ConflictIn this lesson, you will learn about creating effective and convincing conflict.
Lesson 11: Sex and Love ScenesIn this lesson, you will learn about writing convincing sex scenes.
Lesson 12: Preparing for SubmissionIn this lesson, you will learn about getting your manuscript ready for submission to agents and publishers.
Lesson 13: Additional ResourcesIn this lesson, you will learn where to go for more information on writing and publishing romance novels.
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Course Title: Romance Writing 101
Course Number: 7550290
Languages: English - United States, Canada, United Kingdom, Australia, New Zealand, and other English speaking countries
Course Type: How To
CEU Value: 1.2 IACET CEUs (Continuing Education Units)
CE Accreditation: Universal Class, Inc. has been accredited as an Authorized Provider by the International Association for Continuing Education and Training (IACET), 1760 Old Meadow Road, Suite 500, McLean, VA 22102.
Grading Policy: Earn a final grade of 70% or higher to receive an online/downloadable CEU Certification documenting CEUs earned
Assessment Method: Lesson assignments and review exams
Course URL: romancewriting101.onlineclasses.com
Instructor: Melissa Merritt
Syllabus: View Syllabus
Duration: Continuous: Enroll anytime!
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Course Fee: $45.00 (no CEU Certification) || with CEU Certification: $70.00
Learning OutcomesBy successfully completing this course, students will be able to:
- Describe the romance industry.
- Define the genres in romance writing.
- Summarize the processes for transforming ideas in your head into words on paper.
- Define style and quality expected in the romance genre.
- Define a realistic setting for the romance genre.
- Define the hero in the romance story.
- Define the heroine in the romance story.
- Describe the secondary characters in the story.
- Define specific techniques for developing plot in the romance genre.
- Define the conflict of the romance story.
- Define ways to create convincing love and sex scenes.
- Prepare your work for submission, and
- Demonstrate mastery of lesson content at levels of 70% or higher.
|Lesson 1 Assignment: Self-Evaluation||Assignment||20|
|Lesson 1 Exam||Exam||9|
|Lesson 2 Assignment: Evaluating Genres||Assignment||20|
|Lesson 2 Exam||Exam||9|
|Lesson 3 Assignment: Setting Your Writing Schedule||Assignment||20|
|Lesson 3 Exam||Exam||10|
|Lesson 4 Assignment: Point of View Writing||Assignment||20|
|Lesson 4 Exam||Exam||10|
|Lesson 5 Assignment: Focusing on Setting||Assignment||20|
|Lesson 5 Exam||Exam||10|
|Lesson 6 Assignment: Narrowing Down the Hero||Assignment||20|
|Lesson 6 Exam||Exam||8|
|Lesson 7 Assignment: Creating the Heroine||Assignment||20|
|Lesson 7 Exam||Exam||8|
|Lesson 8 Assignment: Adding Additional Characters||Assignment||20|
|Lesson 8 Exam||Exam||9|
|Lesson 9 Assignment: Developing the Plot||Assignment||20|
|Lesson 9 Exam||Exam||10|
|Lesson 10 Assignment: Creating Conflict||Assignment||20|
|Lesson 10 Exam||Exam||10|
|Lesson 11 Assignment: Writing Sex and Love Scenes||Assignment||20|
|Lesson 11 Exam||Exam||9|
|Lesson 12 Assignment: Putting it All Together||Assignment||25|
|Lesson 12 Exam||Exam||8|
|Lesson 13 Assignment: Charting Your Course||Assignment||20|
|Lesson 13 Exam||Exam||10|
|The Final Exam||Exam||60|
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