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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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  • 6 Months to Complete
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  • PC & Mac Compatible
  • Android & iOS Friendly
  • Accredited CEUs
Universal Class is an IACET Accredited Provider

Learning Outcomes

By successfully completing this course, students will be able to:
  • Describe the romance industry.
  • Define the genres in romance writing.
  • Know 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.

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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. 33 Total Points
  • Lesson 1 Video
  • Review 2 Articles: Romance Writers of America; Romance Writing Articles
  • Complete Assignment: An Introduction
  • Complete: Lesson 1 Assignment: Self-Evaluation
  • Complete: Lesson 1 Exam

Lesson 2: Genres in Romance

This lesson focuses on romance genres, including how they overlap and the requirements for each. 29 Total Points
  • Lesson 2 Video
  • Review 3 Articles: About the Romance Genre; The Different Genres of Romance; The Subgenres of Romance
  • Complete: Lesson 2 Assignment: Evaluating Genres
  • Complete: Lesson 2 Exam

Lesson 3: Getting Started

This lesson focuses on getting started transforming the ideas in your head to words on the page. 30 Total Points
  • Lesson 3 Video
  • Review Article: Find Online Writers Groups
  • Complete: Lesson 3 Assignment: Setting Your Writing Schedule
  • Complete: Lesson 3 Exam

Lesson 4: Romance Writing: Style

In this lesson, you will learn what the expectations for style and quality are in romance novels. 30 Total Points
  • Lesson 4 Video
  • Review Article: More Romance Writing Articles
  • Complete: Lesson 4 Assignment: Point of View Writing
  • Complete: Lesson 4 Exam

Lesson 5: Romance Writing: Setting

In this lesson, you will learn what to do to develop a realistic setting. 30 Total Points
  • Lesson 5 Video
  • Review Article: Four Ways to Bring Settings to Life
  • Complete: Lesson 5 Assignment: Focusing on Setting
  • Complete: Lesson 5 Exam

Lesson 6: Romance Writing: The Hero

In this lesson, you will learn what to do to develop the best hero for your novel. 28 Total Points
  • Lesson 6 Video
  • Review 3 Articles: Additional information about the romantic hero; Creating Great Heroes and Heroines; 20 Tips for Writing Lovable Romance Novel Heroes
  • Complete: Lesson 6 Assignment: Narrowing Down the Hero
  • Complete: Lesson 6 Exam

Lesson 7: Romance Writing: The Heroine

In this lesson, you will learn what to do to develop the best heroine for your novel. 28 Total Points
  • Lesson 7 Video
  • Review 3 Articles: 10 Famous Fictional Heroines; Strong Heroines; Writing Romance Heroines
  • Complete: Lesson 7 Assignment: Creating the Heroine
  • Complete: Lesson 7 Exam

Lesson 8: Romance Writing: Additional Characters

In this lesson, you will learn what is expected of secondary and additional characters in a romance. 29 Total Points
  • Lesson 8 Video
  • Review 2 Articles: More Romance Writing Articles; Romance Writing Contests
  • Complete: Lesson 8 Assignment: Adding Additional Characters
  • Complete: Lesson 8 Exam

Lesson 9: Romance Writing: Plot

In this lesson, you will learn about romance plot development. 30 Total Points
  • Lesson 9 Video
  • Review 2 Articles: Jump Starting Your Plot; Romance Plot Generator
  • Complete: Lesson 9 Assignment: Developing the Plot
  • Complete: Lesson 9 Exam

Lesson 10: Romance Writing: Conflict

In this lesson, you will learn about creating effective and convincing conflict. 30 Total Points
  • Lesson 10 Video
  • Review 2 Articles: Article about Conflict; Creating Conflict and Tension
  • Complete: Lesson 10 Assignment: Creating Conflict
  • Complete: Lesson 10 Exam

Lesson 11: Sex and Love Scenes

In this lesson, you will learn about writing convincing sex scenes. 29 Total Points
  • Lesson 11 Video
  • Review Article: 20 Steps to Writing Great Love Scenes
  • Complete: Lesson 11 Assignment: Writing Sex and Love Scenes
  • Complete: Lesson 11 Exam

Lesson 12: Preparing for Submission

In this lesson, you will learn about getting your manuscript ready for submission to agents and publishers. 33 Total Points
  • Lesson 12 Video
  • Review Article: More information on preparing your manuscript
  • Complete: Lesson 12 Assignment: Putting it All Together
  • Complete: Lesson 12 Exam

Lesson 13: Additional Resources

In this lesson, you will learn where to go for more information on writing and publishing romance novels. 90 Total Points
  • Lesson 13 Video
  • Review 2 Articles: Additional Romance Writing Resources; Romance Sub-Genres Information
  • Take Poll: Final Course Poll - Your Opinion
  • Take Survey: Program Evaluation Follow-up Survey (End of Course)
  • Complete: Lesson 13 Assignment: Charting Your Course
  • Complete: Lesson 13 Exam
  • Complete: The Final Exam
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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

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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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