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Course Description

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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Course Lessons

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  • Lesson 1: Welcome to Romance Writing

    This lesson focuses on the romance industry and getting started in it.
  • Lesson 2: Genres in Romance

    This lesson focuses on romance genres, including how they overlap and the requirements for each.
  • Lesson 3: Getting Started

    This lesson focuses on getting started transforming the ideas in your head to words on the page.
  • Lesson 4: Romance Writing: Style

    In this lesson, you will learn what the expectations for style and quality are in romance novels.
  • Lesson 5: Romance Writing: Setting

    In this lesson, you will learn what to do to develop a realistic setting.
  • Lesson 6: Romance Writing: The Hero

    In this lesson, you will learn what to do to develop the best hero for your novel.
  • Lesson 7: Romance Writing: The Heroine

    In this lesson, you will learn what to do to develop the best heroine for your novel.
  • Lesson 8: Romance Writing: Additional Characters

    In this lesson, you will learn what is expected of secondary and additional characters in a romance.
  • Lesson 9: Romance Writing: Plot

    In this lesson, you will learn about romance plot development.
  • Lesson 10: Romance Writing: Conflict

    In this lesson, you will learn about creating effective and convincing conflict.
  • Lesson 11: Sex and Love Scenes

    In this lesson, you will learn about writing convincing sex scenes.
  • Lesson 12: Preparing for Submission

    In this lesson, you will learn about getting your manuscript ready for submission to agents and publishers.
  • Lesson 13: Additional Resources

    In 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
Course Number: 7550290
Languages: English - United States, Canada 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).
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
Instructor: Melissa Behrend
Syllabus: View Syllabus
Duration: Continuous: Enroll anytime!
Course Fee: $65.00 (no CEU Certification) || with CEU Certification: $90.00

Learning Outcomes

By 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.
An IntroductionAssignment5
Lesson 1 Assignment: Self-EvaluationAssignment20
Lesson 1 ExamExam8
Lesson 2 Assignment: Evaluating GenresAssignment20
Lesson 2 ExamExam9
Lesson 3 Assignment: Setting Your Writing ScheduleAssignment20
Lesson 3 ExamExam10
Lesson 4 Assignment: Point of View WritingAssignment20
Lesson 4 ExamExam10
Lesson 5 Assignment: Focusing on SettingAssignment20
Lesson 5 ExamExam10
Lesson 6 Assignment: Narrowing Down the HeroAssignment20
Lesson 6 ExamExam8
Lesson 7 Assignment: Creating the HeroineAssignment20
Lesson 7 ExamExam8
Lesson 8 Assignment: Adding Additional CharactersAssignment20
Lesson 8 ExamExam9
Lesson 9 Assignment: Developing the PlotAssignment20
Lesson 9 ExamExam10
Lesson 10 Assignment: Creating ConflictAssignment20
Lesson 10 ExamExam10
Lesson 11 Assignment: Writing Sex and Love ScenesAssignment20
Lesson 11 ExamExam9
Lesson 12 Assignment: Putting it All TogetherAssignment25
Lesson 12 ExamExam8
Lesson 13 Assignment: Charting Your CourseAssignment20
Lesson 13 ExamExam10
The Final ExamExam60
Total Points:449

Student Testimonials

  • "I enjoyed the entire course. The breadth of information was impressive." -- Gary S.
  • "For me the entire course was helpful since I was learning things about Romance writing I did not know. The lessons showed step by step what was needed to write an acceptable novel." -- Angela J.
  • "The instructor was very helpful." -- Amy C.
  • "The instructor was very prompt in reviewing and grading my assignments and answering my questions." -- Tiffany G.
  • "It was all very helpful for me in preparing my book." -- Rosalind G.
  • "Melissa Merritt is one of the best instructors you have. She is very knowledgeable and helpful. She is a very encouraging instructor." -- Donna N.
  • "Everything was great." -- Betty H.
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