Whirlwind Romances: 10 Practical Steps for Turning Your Romance into a Page Turner - Self-Paced Course
The web is filled with excellent blogs and articles on improving your writing. But sometimes jazzing up your romance means thinking outside the box. Way outside the box. Award-winning author Jan-Andrew Henderson shares a few literary tips and ideas that don’t always follow conventional wisdom. But they work… ‘A moving, funny and original writer’- The Austin Chronicle. Learning Outcomes Utilizing the shared DNA of genres. How to use movies as a shorthand for books. An alternative way to interpret ‘Show Don’t Tell’. Letting go of your core ideas and plots. Using philosophy to construct a story. The effectiveness of continuously incorporating what is around you. Overcoming writer's block. Applying Quantum Mechanics to your novel (not as complex as it sounds!). Learning when, why and how to cut. How to surprise the reader. A new way of looking at your central character. The most effective way to structure sentences, dialogue and description. The importance of context and symbolism.
Hours of Commitment
10 - 20 hours
Jan-Andrew Henderson is the author of 32 children’s, teen, YA and adult fiction and non-fiction – from horror to romance. His books have been published in the UK, USA, Australia, Canada, Germany and the Czech Republic by Oxford University Press, Collins, Hardcourt Press, Amberley Books, Oetinger Publishing, Mainstream Books, Black and White Publishers, Mlada Fontana, Black Hart and Floris Books. He has been shortlisted for thirteen literary awards in the UK and Australia and won the Doncaster Book Prize and the Royal Mail Award - Britain’s biggest children’s book prize. He holds an M.A. in English Literature from the University of Edinburgh and runs The Green Light Literary Breakdown Service, offering advice and editing to writers. He is a professional member of the Institute of Professional Editors, an Industry Assessor for the Queensland Writers Centre, an ambassador for Australia Reads, a peer assessor for the Australian Council For The Arts and a convenor for the Aurealis Awards. He has given talks and workshops across the UK and Queensland with Authors Abroad, Literature Live, Nexus Arts and Speakers Ink. This year he was Writer in Residence at Ipswich Kindergarten (yes, really), taught a month-long course for the RWA Academy and appeared at the Brisbane Writers Festival, the Gold Coast Summer Reading Festival, the Romance Writers of Australia Conference and the Condamine Country Arts Literary Festival.
Course Dates: March to November 2022
Cost: RWA-Member and Non RWA-Member – $55.00
* Please note, there is a $0.50 Trybooking fee at checkout.
Venue: Online - Moodle )
(Once a participant has booked this course, once a week access will be activated for all SELF-PACED courses)
As a new development, RWA is very excited to be offering our very first selection of self-paced courses. These courses are available from March to November. Participants can enrol at any time during the year and once a week registrations will be activated. Participants may then access course material and progress through it at their own pace. Please note: There is NO presenter interaction associated with these courses. You simply register and then once you have access, you work through the course at your own pace.
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