Mediabistro instructors are all active, working professionals at the top of their fields teaching the latest industry trends. Every class includes live interaction, personalized feedback, and a focus on completing professional-quality work.
Online classes have a dedicated instructor, assignments, live video discussions, and open forums. You’ll get a high level of attention and personalized feedback from your instructor while interacting with fellow students. If you can’t join live, discussions and materials are archived for you to view at any time.
SYSTEM REQUIREMENTS You will need access to a computer and speakers or headphones to participate.
Romance was the top-performing category on best-seller lists in 2012 and has the largest share of the U.S. consumer market. It’s also leading the charge into digital formats. Romance is a big tent and stories come in all shapes and sizes, so whether you want to add mystery, thrills, sci-fi or a literary cast, romance can accommodate your tastes. This class will focus on the writing techniques and selling tools that will make your romance impossible for agents and editors to refuse.
You'll complete a working draft of your romance novel, all while receiving expert, personal feedback from one of the genre's stars. The goal of this class is to give writers the skills necessary to sell romance in today’s market.
In this class, you will learn how to:
Build emotional and sexual tension quickly and effectively
Create memorable characters that move inside interesting plots
Write sparkling dialogue that drives the plot, develops characters and heightens tension
Achieve satisfying character and story arcs
Build queries, synopses, and pitches to sell your work
Susan Squires has published six novels with Dorchester Publishing, eleven with St. Martin’s Press, and self-published three. Her work has appeared on both The New York Times and USA Today Best Seller lists. Publisher’s Weekly named Body Electric one of the ten most influential mass-market books and One with the Shadows a Best Book of the Year. Her books have won multiple contests and Reviewer’s Choice Awards.