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  • Workshop
  • Online: Zoom

There's Only One Bed: Writing Romance

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  • $540.00 Non-Member
  • $520.00 Member

Class Description

What is the secret ingredient to witty banter? How do you pull off a believable love triangle? What role do sex scenes play in characterization and plot? Whether you’re working on a romance book or you just want to uplevel a romantic subplot in your story, this course will help you define your characters, their desires, and their relationships.

Over eight weeks, we’ll explore romance tropes and how to use them or subvert them effectively, how to improve dialogue through strengthening character desires, and how to write intimate scenes that connect the characters to their larger arc and world. Each week, we’ll focus on a different aspect of romance, such as using description effectively in romantic scenes, creating purposeful and complex plot situations, dialogue, characterization and relationships, and emotional beats. We'll read examples of well-written romantic scenes from authors such as Bolu Babalola, Kate Stayman-London, Alyssa Cole, Courtney Milan, Jenny Han, Sierra Simone, and others. We'll study romance beyond heteronormative tropes and include queerness, asexuality, different body types, and neurodivergence in our discussions. We'll have core craft lectures with corresponding readings and worksheets, and culminate with a guided workshop with feedback from the instructor and your fellow writers.

You will come away from the class with detailed character notes, outline ideas for longer works, scene-level checklists and exercises, and feedback on a scene from your work in progress.

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. About 15 minutes before your class is scheduled to begin, you'll receive an email from your instructor with a link to join the class meeting!

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!