How to Write a Romance Novel

How to Write a Romance Novel with Anne Ashby


A two day  course, once a week
Sundays 7 & 14 April 2019
10am – 4pm

Have you always dreamed of writing a romance story but don’t know where to start? This weekend course will set you on your way to realizing that dream. The two days will follow a clear format and cover among other topics plotting, developing characters, setting the scene, identifying motivation and conflict and writing narrative and dialogue. The course will include numerous short writing exercises which you can use to begin developing your own stories.

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Course Details

In this course you will learn:

  • What is romance and how does it differ from other genres
  • How to begin – what you need, computer set up, tips
  • Use of language in first draft
  • Identifying sub genres
  • Characterisation, narration, pacing, plotting, point of view, dialogue, voice, motivation, foreshadowing, protagonist, antagonist, backstory
  • Conflict – internal and external – setting – emotion
  • Scenes – three act structure – conflict, climax, resolution
  • Passive vs active writing
  • Short writing exercises throughout will begin to develop each student’s own story

Pen and paper (or laptop if you prefer to type). As this course spans the lunch break, bring a sandwich or similar and spend time meeting other writing students.


The Learning Centre, Artworks
2 Korora Road
Waiheke Island
Auckland 1081
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Phone: 09 372 9868



Anne Ashby proudly originates from Southland. She enjoyed a very satisfying career in the Royal NZ Navy before retiring to raise her family and begin pursuing her dream of writing. Anne writes contemporary sweet/sensual romance with a kiwi flavour. She has also compiled a non-fiction book of Women’s Memories in the RNZN.

Multi published contemporary romance writer Anne Ashby is keen to share her love of the romance genre and the written word in general. Encouraging others to write is her goal.

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