So You Want to Write a Romance Novel?

So You Want to Write a Romance Novel?

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So You Want to Write a Romance Novel? - Sydney Course

Romantic fiction commands over 50% of mass market paperback sales worldwide, and a recent survey by HarperCollins ranks Penrith NSW as #1 for romance novel sales. Why is this genre so popular and what constitutes a saleable story? What are the popular tropes and reader expectations? And how do you go about writing one?

Join Paula Roe, an award-winning, multi-published fiction author who will break it all down, answer your questions and explain exactly what a romance novel is/is not and why romance continues to endure (it’s not all about the kissing!). She is a regular Borders Books bestseller and one of only five Australian authors who write for Harlequin Desire, a line published by Harlequin Enterprises, the biggest romance publisher in the world. Harlequin books go out to over 28 countries and are translated into 28 languages in 114 international markets on six continents. Before publication, Paula’s writing won and placed in various contests, including Wisconsin Romance Writers Fabulous Five Silver Quill, Magnolia State Dixie First Chapter, Romance Writers of Australia’s Emerald Award and the Valerie Parv Award.

You will learn practical techniques on how to plot and develop your romance novel. There will be writing involved in this course and by the end, you will have an outline of your romance novel’s plot, characters' goals, motivations and conflicts.

Macquarie Community College operates from a range of venues across North and Western Sydney. We have campuses in Carlingford, Chatswood, Mt Druitt, Richmond and many more. Enrol today or enquire now!

Course Outline

In this course students will learn:

  • what romantic fiction is and is not
  • an overall view of the publishing landscape
  • reader expectations vs other genres
  • practical techniques on how to plot and develop your romance novel

Course Outcome

By the end of the course students will:

  • be able to identify the elements of romantic fiction
  • have a clear understanding of their chosen subgenre
  • be able to outline their story plot and their characters' goals, motivations and conflicts.
  • have greater knowledge to further develop their own stories

What to bring

Please bring a:

  • Pen and pad or laptop

Other Information:

  • No textbook required
  • Comprehensive course notes provided


The ability to read and write in English at an intermediate level or higher.

Delivery Mode

The class is delivered in a classroom with notes and student discussion/interaction.