Whether or not you read romance novels, there’s no denying it’s the most popular genre of fiction currently published. The Romance Writers of America has estimated that annual sales of romance in 2013 totaled $1.08 billion. Given its strength and endurance through decades of development, writers of every genre can mine romance for valuable techniques to bring to their work. In this course, we will discuss and workshop elements of fictional craft such as plot, characterization, and dialogue, using romance novels as our foundational texts. A day of the workshop will also be spent on the business of writing and how to practically manage writing as a career. In our week, we will generate new writing as well as discuss work you bring from home. Advance reading of texts I will assign before the workshop meetings is also recommended. Please note: you do not need to be familiar with romance novels to join the class. We welcome writers of all fiction genres and subgenres.
Ami Silber is a multi-genre author, publishing under her own name as well as the pseudonyms Zoë Archer and Eva Leigh. She has published more than twenty novels in literary fiction and romance. Her novels have been nominated for the Romance Writers of America’s RITA Award, the RT Book Reviews Readers’ Choice Award, and have won the OCC RWA Book Buyers Best Award. She received the Glimmer Train Press Short Story Award for New Writers. Her books have also been translated into numerous languages. She received her M.F.A. from the Iowa Writers’ Workshop and holds an M.A. in Literature from UC San Diego, as well as a B.A. in Pre- and Early Modern Literature from UC Santa Cruz. She lives in Central California with her husband. Learn more about Ami on the web at www.zoearcherbooks.com and www.evaleaighauthor.com.