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The Five Essential Building Blocks of the Romance Novel 

When you're inspired with an idea for a romance novel, you probably have at least one of the essential building blocks in mind. But knowing what the essential building blocks are, how they work together, and how to know if they are strong enough is the hard work that comes after that first inspiring idea! This course provides video lectures, written lessons, and exercises which cover each building block in depth to help you plan a strong, well-crafted romance.
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Who should take this course?

  • aspiring authors
  • indie/small press published authors
  • self-published authors 
  • traditionally published authors
  • anyone interested in the foundations of strong genre fiction (even outside of romance)

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Have questions? 

If you need more hands-on or directed guidance, additional private services are always available with the instructor (private services may involve an additional fee/cost). 
Meet the instructor

Jeanne De Vita

Jeanne De Vita, creator and founder of Romance Writing Academy, is a professional developmental editor, writing instructor, and widely-published romance author.

While editing New York Times and USA Today bestselling romance authors, top-earning indie romance authors, and aspiring romance authors, Jeanne discovered that writers of all skill levels were looking for easy-to-understand instruction on the essentials of writing a romance novel that would immediately impact the words on the page.

Drawing from her years of experience editing tens of millions of words, Jeanne teaches everything from the technical aspects of writing—such as the structure of the romance novel, where/when the first kiss should happen, and how to pace subplot and balance internal and external conflict—to the really fun stuff, like how to write intimacy and chemistry that keeps readers engaged and characters satisfied.

Jeanne lives in Los Angeles and teaches at UCLA Extension, the Ripped Bodice Bookstore, and extensively for writing groups and individuals. She holds an MFA in Creative Writing from the University of Notre Dame and enthusiastically believes that with support, structure, and guidance, anyone can learn to write their heart out!
Patrick Jones - Course author