Writing romance

Course Dates: 04/11/20 - 02/12/20
Time: 19:40 - 21:40
Location: Online

It is a truth universally acknowledged that a writer in possession of a single pen can compose an unforgettable romance novel. This interactive course will chaperone students through the plotting of modern romance stories.

This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.


What is the course about?

On this fun course you'll be encouraged to toy with the tropes and structures established in Jane Austen's most famous romances and twist them to create an epic love story of your own design. Dream up a central couple that readers can't help but fall for and learn how to overcome the greatest obstacle romance writers ever face: cliché.

This is a live online course. You will need:
- Internet connection. The classes work best with Chrome.
- A computer with microphone and camera is best (e.g. a PC/laptop/iMac/MacBook), or a tablet/iPad/smart phone/iPhone if you don't have a computer.
- Earphones/headphones/speakers.
We will contact you with joining instructions before your course starts.

What will we cover?

- The conventions of the romance genre
- Common cliches and how to break them
- Romance settings with a twist
- Creating your central couple
- Plots and manipulations.

What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...

- Plot your own modern romance with a twist.
- Create a central couple with a believable romantic journey.
- Develop strategies for avoiding romantic cliches.

What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?

This is an intermediate course suitable for students who have already completed an introductory creative writing course at City Lit.

How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?

Students will analyse excerpts from Austen's most beloved stories, and those from authors who have been influenced by her work, in order to explore new approaches to writing the modern-day romance. There will also be a mix of writing exercises, group discussions, group work activities, pair work and formal instruction from the tutor.

All writing courses at City Lit will involve an element of workshop. This means that students will produce work which will be discussed in an open and constructive environment with the tutor and other students. The college operates a policy of constructive criticism, and all feedback on another student’s work by the tutor and other students should be delivered in that spirit.

For classes longer than one day, regular reading and writing exercises will be set for completion at home to set deadlines.

Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?

Writing materials.

When I've finished, what course can I do next?

City Lit offer a range of courses for aspiring authors. Browse the writing section of our website to find the perfect course for you.

AAll students are invited to join us at Late Lines, our regular performance night for City Lit writers. Students are also encouraged to submit their work to Between the Lines, our annual anthology of creative writing. For the latest news, courses and events, stay in touch with the Department on Facebook and Twitter.


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Review by Sylvia mcshane / (Posted on 21/11/2019)
Go for it, it's great!
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Review by Zu / (Posted on 18/11/2019)
Very practical advice on how to structure and develop a romantic novel with opportunities to get feedback on your ideas
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Review by Anonymous / (Posted on 17/11/2019)
Tutor Biographies
Nicola Doherty

Nicola Doherty’s first novel ‘The Out of Office Girl’ was published by Headline in 2012 and was shortlisted for the Romantic Novelists Association Awards in the Romantic Comedy category. She has since published two more novels with Headline, and two YA books with Orion, most recently ‘Lola Offline' (2017). Her books have been translated into Italian, French, German, Polish and Turkish and have sold over 100,000 copies worldwide. Before beginning her writing career, Nicola was a commissioning editor at Hodder & Stoughton. She now writes full time and also works as a literary consultant with Cornerstones.

Please note: We reserve the right to change our tutors from those advertised. This happens rarely, but if it does, we are unable to refund fees due to this. Our tutors may have different teaching styles; however we guarantee a consistent quality of teaching in all our courses.

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Course Code: HW465

Full Wed, eve, 04 Nov - 02 Dec '20

Duration: 5 sessions (over 5 weeks)

Full fee: £69.00
Senior fee: £69.00
Concession: £28.00

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