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The Romance 101

This fully on-demand course (no live sessions, watch/listen and read on your own schedule) defines characters, conflict, plot, stakes, and worldbuilding and shows the craft behind the terms so you can see what these concepts look like in a strong romance novel. We explain the points of view (POV) most commonly used in romance, explain when/how to use which POV, and provide a recommended reading list of romance novels for each POV.

With written examples, video lectures, and practice lessons, this basic introduction is appropriate for writers just starting their journey, but it's far from elementary!

Get ready to learn the essentials and start writing your romance.
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What's included?

  • Video instruction as well as written lessons
  • Examples to study over and over
  • Exercises to test and apply what you learn
  • FAQs that cover real writing concerns  

Craft Instruction

You will learn how to identify the five essential building blocks of the romance novel and you'll practice seeing them in original examples. We cover point of view so you know what the romance market requires and what choices you have when you want to write your romance novel. Lessons and exercises help you apply what you've learned, and the course is fully on-demand so you can take it at a time that's convenient for you. 

Supportive Community

Every student will have access to a community group where you can ask questions about the course, engage with other students, or ask the instructor for helpful guidance. 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). 

What our learners say

This was really great for learning the basics and how to plan your novel, it was thought provoking and I will definitely use these tools in future and when looking back over projects I've already written. Really great value for money too, I want to learn but don't have a lot of spare cash so this was brilliant!
Lila Dawes
Great format, simple-to-understand direction. Was able to immediately apply the techniques and tips to my work-in-progress. For the first time in my life, I was able to type "The End" on a 70,000-word novel.
Laura McGowen
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