You have a great romance story to tell....

and I want to help you tell it!

Writing romance is fun and rewarding. What's more, with some talent, some training (and a little bit of luck), it can be a great way to earn a living. Learn what it takes to write a great romance novel, and increase your chances of publication through this 25-lesson master course. The presentations, exercises, quizzes, prompts, and professional feedback offered in this workshop will help you realize your dream of writing novels that will make your readers swoon!

Workshop Curriculum

  • 1

    Welcome to Writing the Romance Novel!

  • 2

    What is a Romance Novel?

    • What makes a romance a romance?

    • Romance subgenres and tropes

    • Writing Prompt

    • Quiz Time! Chapter 1: What is a Romance Novel?

  • 3

    Character and Point of View

    • Character and Character Development

    • Getting to Know Your Characters

    • Point of View

    • Writing Prompt

    • Quiz Time! Chapter 2: Character and Point of View

  • 4

    Premise, Plot and Theme

    • Premise, Plot, and Theme

    • What is your premise?

    • Quiz Time! Chapter 3: Premise, Plot and Theme

  • 5


    • Conflict

    • Conflict Excerpt: Em & Em

    • Writing Prompt

    • Quiz Time! Chapter 4: Conflict

  • 6

    Dialogue and Setting

    • Dialogue and Setting

    • Writing Prompt

    • Quiz Time! Chapter 5: Dialogue and Setting

  • 7

    Putting It All Together

    • Your Novel Profile

    • Writing Resources

    • Before you go...

How will this workshop help you?

Here's what former students say:

Review: Wonderful Course

by Melissa Constantine

Linda has created a wonderful course for romance writing. The course presentations were thoughtfully laid out to guide both beginners -- and those of us brushing up on our skills -- toward better knowledge of the genre. Taking this well-organized course was a really great experience that helped me get back to being creative. I highly recommend it to any writer.

Review: 10/10

by Desirae Zentz

I would wholeheartedly recommend this class to writers of all stages. Organized, engaging and even downright fun! This class was a great way to become more educated, inspire me to dig back in and also provided a nice community of fellow writers to bounce ideas to and from. I would give this class a 10/10.

Review: Wholeheartedly Recommend

by Caroline Noonan

Linda is a patient and methodical teacher. I wholeheartedly recommend her class, whether you're a beginner or a more seasoned writer who’s new to romance.

Review: Clear and Easy to Follow

by DeDe Wilson

Linda is an amazing instructor. As someone who had only ever written in her diary, I learned that there are many aspects to writing a novel. The information presented was clear and easy to follow. Our workshop size was small, the perfect learning environment.


Author - Instructor

Linda Budzinski

Linda Budzinski is the author of four young adult novels, including Em & Em, which has been optioned for development as a TV series and was named a “Must Read for Teens” by Your Teen Magazine, as well as The Boyfriend Whisperer, winner of the Romance Writers of America Young Adult Chapter's Rosemary Award and Virginia Chapter's Fool for Love Award. When she's not writing, she works in nonprofit communications and outreach and is active with her church youth group. She lives in Northern Virginia with her husband and a rescue pup that is believed to be part chihuahua and part Tasmanian devil.