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Writing the Contemporary Romance Novel

Write your own love story.

Learn the ins and outs of the sub-genre most popular with aspiring writers.

Learn the sub-genre of romance that readers are in love with.

Learn the ins and outs of the sub-genre most popular with aspiring writers: contemporary romance. Jeanne's curriculum is designed to be both actionable and practical. The comprehensive approach will help aspiring authors understand common mis-steps and myths about the contemporary romance while teaching the foundational essentials even experienced authors will benefit from. Learn how to build your story, finish it, and how to prepare your completed novel for submission to make it stand out to agents and publishers.

You'll learn how to write a *really* good book.

In order to make list, you need a good book! Jeanne De Vita has been teaching writers how to craft compelling work for over a decade. Our team's expertise is unmatched in the field. We guide novice authors through the process of writing their hearts out in a way that takes your story from dream to published reality.

You can do this with no prior experience!

All it takes is an open mind and a little bit of imagination. Our fun and knowledgeable instructors will lead you through the course every step of the way. You’ll also have access to a discussion group where you can share your ideas and get feedback from other students in order to get the most out of your class!
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