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  • Workshop
  • Online: Zoom
  • Adult (18+)
  • 4 Weeks

Jumpstart Your Romance Novel

No Longer Enrolling

  • $250.00 Non-Member
  • $235.00 Member

Class Description

If you love stories that make you swoon and want to write your own romance novel, this course is for you. Whether you have the germ of an idea or are already well into a draft, you'll discover what makes a page-turning, heartfelt romance novel by drawing on popular examples of the genre, identifying the rules of romantic fiction and highlighting key techniques that you can bring to your own writing. In-class exercises and generative writing prompts will connect our lessons and we'll wrap up each week with a writing assignment and feedback of your work. We’ll review excerpts from published works such as Jasmine Guillory, Kennedy Ryan, Emily Henry, and Casey McQuiston.


Romance is for everyone – whoever takes center stage in your story and whatever kind of love you want to explore in your novel — this class will equip you with the tools for character development and plot arcs. You’ll come away with an understanding of romantic tropes and how to use them, an outlining the basic plot beats of romance, familiarity with the sub-genres of romance fiction, guidance on how to create the compelling characters we want to see in an HEA (happily ever after), By the end of this class, you'll have an outline for your novel and a plan on how to move forward.


Note: class skips April 15th

Scholarships Format/Location

Thanks to the excellent literary citizenship of our donors, scholarships are available for all GrubStreet classes. To apply, click the gray "APPLY FOR SCHOLARSHIP" button. In order to be considered for a scholarship, you must complete your application at least one week before the start date of a class. Please await our scholarship committee's decision before registering for the class. We cannot hold spots in classes, so the sooner you apply, the better. Scholarships cannot be applied retroactively.

For more detailed information about GrubStreet scholarships, including how to contribute to scholarship funds for other students, click here.

This class will take place using Zoom videoconferencing. Please visit the Resources tab to access the video-conference link.

Zoom Participation:

Students are not required to turn their camera on, but are encouraged to participate any way they feel comfortable through functions such as the live chat, emoji reactions, and unmuting the microphone. Learn more about using Zoom here.

Zoom Accessibility:

We ask that instructors enable closed captioning and send a transcript of the session after class. You can also enable closed captioning at any time during the meeting. If your instructor forgets to send the transcript, just send ’em an email!