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Write a Romance Novel with Guidance from a New York Times Bestselling Author

New York Times Bestselling Author Emily Colin is leading a workshop on writing a romance novel that wins over readers and publishers. The workshop includes detailed feedback from Emily, in-depth lectures, and three class meetings.

  • One week of in-depth lectures on the art and craft of writing an engaging romance novel.

  • Personal feedback from Emily Colin on the first 10 pages of your manuscript.

  • Personal feedback on your book's "back cover" copy from Emily Colin.

  • Three live class meetings, so you can discuss your work with Emily and the class.

  • Students get a full six months to submit their work for feedback.

  • Access to live office hours with all of our instructors, available exclusively to students of Authors Publish, after the course is finished.

  • Full access to our private community of writers, so you can network with your fellow students

Down and Flirty: Writing Romance Novels Readers Will Love

Have you always dreamed of writing a romance novel, but don’t know where to begin? Or have you started writing, but find yourself mired in the middle? Finished your book, but not quite sure if it hits the mark? Then this class is for you.

In this one-week intensive, you’ll get to the heart of writing an engaging romance novel, learning what draws readers in and keeps them turning pages until your characters’ happily-ever-after.

The course includes personal interaction with Emily Colin, personal feedback on your writing, and access to live office hours with all Authors Publish instructors, even after the course is over.

Here’s some of what you’ll learn:

  • Romance subgenres and which one your book fits into
  • Writing engaging heroes and heroines—what makes readers fall in love with them?
  • Plotting, pacing, and hitting the right “beats” (and how this is ‘wedded’ to character arc in romance)
  • Creating an engaging setting or community for your story
  • Point of View (POV) in romance (often 3rd person limited, shifting dual POV)
  • Tropes—what they are, why they matter, and how to make the classics fresh
  • The importance of the HEA (happily-ever-after) or HFN (happily-for-now)
  • Heat levels and how they relate to your genre
  • Writing romantic scenes (regardless of heat level) that drive the plot & help readers get to know your characters
  • Writing single-title versus series romances
  • How to analyzing romance readership and understand the market
  • Representation in romance, including LGBTQIA+
  • Advantages/disadvantages of publishing models (traditional, indie, self-publishing)

What you’ll do:

The class will have five video lectures, each accompanied by a slide presentation and focused on a different element of writing romance.

Emily will also give you in-depth feedback on two pieces. The first is your back-cover copy. If your novel isn't done yet, this is a great exercise to make sure you have a solid grip on the story.

Emily will also give you detailed feedback on the first 10 pages of your manuscript. These are the most important pages of your book, in terms of hooking both readers and publishers.

You'll be able to discuss Emily's feedback with her personally over email, or during the live class meetings. (Note, the meetings will be held online, via Zoom.) Midway through the class, you’ll have a write-in, where everyone’s invited to sit down together (virtually, of course!), share what you’re working on, and use the time to focus on your writing. Emily reports that she is looking forward to this, as it’ll give all of you a chance to get to know each other better, and for Emily to offer real-time feedback on any challenges you’re facing.

There will be three class meetings, where Emily will offer specific advice for your manuscript, discuss student work in a group setting, and lecture on the art and craft of writing a romance novel. One of the meetings will be the "write-in" described above. Emily is excited about this, as it’ll give all of you a chance to get to know each other better, and for Emily to offer real-time feedback on any challenges you’re facing.

The meeting schedule is as follow:

  • Wednesday, March 3rd at 2pm ET: Class Write-In and Networking
  • Friday, March 5th at 2pm ET: Class meeting
  • Friday, March 12th at 2pm ET: Class meeting

Please note, this workshop is strictly limited to fifteen students. We will immediately close enrollment as soon as the course is filled. If you are planning on taking this course, you are encouraged to enroll right away.

Workshop Schedule

The course includes five in-depth lectures that will be recorded and made available on March 1st. There is text-based discussion for each of the lessons, with active participation by Emily Colin. Everything is hosted online.

When you are ready, you will be able to submit two assignments for feedback from Emily Colin. The first is the “back cover” copy of your book. Don’t worry if you haven’t yet finished the book; this is a great exercise to make sure you’ve got a grip on your characters and your story. The second assignment is the first ten pages of your manuscript. Emily will provide detailed feedback on these assignments, as well as answer any questions you have about her feedback via email, or during the live meetings.

You will have a full six months to complete the course and submit your work to Emily Colin for feedback. At that point, you will keep access to all of the course material, and be welcome to attend office hour sessions with all of our instructors.

There will also be three live class meetings, hosted on Zoom. They are scheduled for:

  • Friday, March 5th at 2pm ET
  • Wednesday, March 3rd at 2pm ET
  • Friday, March 12th at 2pm ET
  • Pre-recorded lectures, available to study any time on our online learning platform, hosted by Thinkific.

  • Personal feedback on every lesson via email, our online discussion platform, or our private Facebook Group.

  • When you are ready, Emily will provide feedback on your first 10 manuscript pages, and back-cover copy for your book.

  • Students have a full six months to complete the course and submit work for feedback.

About Emily Colin


Emily Colin is the New York Times bestselling author of The Memory Thief, as well as the author of The Dream Keeper's Daughter, published by Ballantine Books. Her latest book, Sword of the Seven Sins, launched last summer, and the sequel releases in August 2021.

In addition to her extensive experience publishing her novels, she's edited two YA fiction anthologies, published three non-fiction books, helped start two publishing companies, and worked as a magazine editor.

She has also taught a wide variety of fiction classes, and is known as an engaging, energetic, and thoughtful instructor. Her extensive experience gives her valuable insight into the world of contemporary  publishing.

Emily's diverse life experience includes organizing a Coney Island tattoo and piercing show, hauling fish at the Dolphin Research Center in the Florida Keys, roaming New York City as an itinerant teenage violinist, helping launch two small publishing companies, and serving as the associate director of a nonprofit dedicated to immersing youth in need in the arts. She is the 2017 recipient of the North Carolina Sorosis Award for Excellence in Creative Writing and the 2018 Recipient of the North Carolina Greater Foundation of Women’s Clubs Lucy Bramlett Patterson Award for Excellence in Creative Writing.


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Please note, this workshop is strictly limited to 15 participants.
Early Bird Tuition is Available Until Monday, February 22nd.

Praise for Workshops With Emily Colin

5 star rating

Excellent instruction and feedback on assignments

Dianne Beck

Emily Colin's Plot to Publication was a wealth of information on how to build and strengthen a YA novel and how to get it out into the world. Emily has a clear and welcoming instructional style, and she provides extremely detailed and helpful fe...

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Emily Colin's Plot to Publication was a wealth of information on how to build and strengthen a YA novel and how to get it out into the world. Emily has a clear and welcoming instructional style, and she provides extremely detailed and helpful feedback on assignments. This is truly one of the best writing classes I've taken, and I highly recommend it to writers of all levels.

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Thank you

Anuradha Dev

Emily Colin is a hard-working instructor. Instead of skimming through my work, she would dissect it bit by bit and ask me questions that I haven't been asked before. It helped me to look at my story from a different perspective. Since she concentr...

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Emily Colin is a hard-working instructor. Instead of skimming through my work, she would dissect it bit by bit and ask me questions that I haven't been asked before. It helped me to look at my story from a different perspective. Since she concentrated on this being a YA story instead of a romance, she gave me feedback to make my story work for the YA market. I am really glad I took this course.

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5 star rating

I feel more on track toward my goal of being a traditionally published author

Deborah Richardson

Emily was wonderful about feedback that has really helped me to focus. Attempting to become a published author is serious work. She was great with her guidance. She offered a path where before I was zigzagging, trying to do too much and accomplish...

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Emily was wonderful about feedback that has really helped me to focus. Attempting to become a published author is serious work. She was great with her guidance. She offered a path where before I was zigzagging, trying to do too much and accomplishing little.

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5 star rating

So useful!

Jennifer Mitchell

Emily's course was very well laid out and included a lot of useful information. While some of it was familiar, it was useful to understand her take on it. It also helped confirm previous research I had done on several topics, which was a relief! E...

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Emily's course was very well laid out and included a lot of useful information. While some of it was familiar, it was useful to understand her take on it. It also helped confirm previous research I had done on several topics, which was a relief! Emily's feedback was always helpful, insightful and thought provoking. She really went above and beyond what was promised. Sometimes an 'online' format can end up being detached and mechanical, but not this one!

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Plot to Publication YA with Emily Colin

Lucy Wilson

An excellent course, well put together with lots of insight, extra information and thought from Emily Colin. I really enjoyed doing the daily lessons and the homework exercises, which helped me to think about aspects of writing and structure that ...

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An excellent course, well put together with lots of insight, extra information and thought from Emily Colin. I really enjoyed doing the daily lessons and the homework exercises, which helped me to think about aspects of writing and structure that I had not considered before. The price of the course was well worth it for the content. Emily gave us personal feedback on submitted pieces of work and was very encouraging of ideas and thought processes, which I really appreciated. Asking us to consider how our own favourite writers (in published YA novels) tackle certain barriers such as plotting, stakes, etc, was a useful tool to apply to our own work. Overall, a fantastic course for anyone serious about writing, even if they don't plan to write or publish YA.

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FAQ

  • Should I join this course if I've never written a romance novel?

    This course is designed to give authors a solid foundation for writing an engaging romance novel that wins over readers and publishers. If you're new to writing romance novels, this course is a perfect fit.

  • What if I am already working on a manuscript?

    If you're already working on a manuscript, you'll learn techniques to make the book more engaging, both to readers and publishers. You'll also get personal feedback from Emily Colin on your manuscript, so that you can take it to the next level.

  • How long will the class meetings last?

    We expect the class meetings to be around two hours.

  • What happens after the course is complete?

    After the class meetings are complete, you will be invited to attend future office hour sessions with Emily Colin and all Authors Publish instructors. Note, this will be free of charge, and is a benefit of becoming part of the Authors Publish student community. You will also have a full six months from the course start date to send your work for feedback to Emily. In addition, you will keep full access to all of the course material.

  • How many students will be allowed to enroll?

    Because of the in-depth feedback Emily Colin is providing, this course is strictly limited to 15 students. Once we reach that number, we will immediately close enrollment.