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Romance Writing Diploma Course

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What Will You Learn?

Romantic fiction is one of the most popular genres of fiction. In America alone, the romance publishing industry is worth over a billion dollars annually – more than sci-fi and mystery combined. When it comes to love, it seems readers just can’t get enough. If you’re interested in falling in love with romantic fiction, the Romance Writing Diploma Course will teach you all you need to know to get started writing your own romance novel.

The Romance Writing Diploma Course begins by introducing the romance novel and its broad and interesting roots. We’ll define the genre – the characteristics that make a romantic story what it is – and look at what it is not. We’ll look at subgenres too, and help you find your own area of romance.

Romance readers, perhaps more than any other group, know what they like. The Romance Writing Diploma Course introduces common tropes popular within the genre and shows you how to use them to define your story and find an audience. Romantic fiction ranges from sweet to steamy, and this course will help you to determine just how sexy you want your novel to be. We will look at “heat levels”, writing intimacy and how to avoid feeling squeamish when writing about sex. 

You’ll be guided, step-by-step, through the process of planning a novel and writing the first draft. You’ll learn how to edit and polish your draft, and explore the wide range of options for publication – looking at how, when and where to send your work to get it published and build your writing community.

By studying this course, you will:

  • Gain a better understanding of the romance genre
  • Learn about specific elements within romance writing and how to use them
  • Become familiar with how to tailor the intimacy level of your writing – sweet to steamy
  • Be guided through writing, editing, and polishing your romance novel and the publishing options available
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Course Syllabus

What will I learn on the course?

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  • Introduction
  • Part 1: Introduction to Writing Romantic Fiction
  • Part 2: The History of Romance
  • Part 3: The Romance Market Today
  • Glossary of Terms
  • Module 1 Assessment
  • Part 1: What is Genre and Subgenre?
  • Part 2: Subgenres by Audience and Age Group
  • Part 3: Subgenres by Content
  • Part 4: Combined Subgenres
  • Module 2 Assessment
  • Part 1: What is a Trope?
  • Part 2: Common Tropes in Romance Writing
  • Part 3: How to Use Tropes
  • Part 4: Writing Exercise
  • Module 3 Assessment
  • Part 1: Creating Characters
  • Part 2: Writing Exercise - Character Questionnaire
  • Part 3: Creating Chemistry
  • Part 4: Secondary Characters
  • Module 4 Assessment
  • Part 1: The Path of True Love
  • Part 2: Objectives and Character Arcs
  • Part 3: Structuring Your Story
  • Module 5 Assessment
  • Part 1: The Beats of My Heart
  • Part 2: Romance Story Beats 1-4
  • Part 3: Romance Story Beats 5-8
  • Part 4: Writing Exercises
  • Module 6 Assessment
  • Part 1: What are Heat Levels?
  • Part 2: Writing Emotional Connections
  • Part 3: Acts of Love
  • Part 4: Writing Exercises - Intimacy and Romance
  • Module 7 Assessment
  • Part 1: Let’s Get Physical
  • Part 2: Steps to Physical Intimacy
  • Part 3: Types of Sex Writing
  • Part 4: Writing Sex Scenes
  • Part 5: ​​​​A Few Things to Consider
  • Module 8 Assessment
  • Part 1: Preparation
  • Part 2: Scene by Scene
  • Part 3: Writing Dialogue
  • Part 4: Writing Motivation
  • Module 9 Assessment
  • Part 1: Editing Your First Draft
  • Part 2: Types of Editing
  • Part 3: Publishing Your Work
  • Conclusion
  • Module 10 Assessment
Who Would Benefit from This Course?

The Romance Writing Diploma Course provides a great introduction for those who are new to writing in the genre and those who are new to the genre but have written in others.

The course assumes you have read some romantic literature and are familiar with basic writing terms. If you are interested in building a creative writing project and you love strapping heroes, swooning heroines and happily-ever-afters (perhaps even with a bit of raunch along the way), this course can help you to develop your storytelling, writing and editing skills and work towards creating a piece of romance writing that you can show off with pride. Successful students could pursue writing as a hobby or a potential career.

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The Romance Writing Diploma Course will take you up to 150 hours to complete, working from home. There is no time limit for completing this course, it can be studied in your own time at your own pace.

This is a Level 3 course and will give you 150 CPD (Continued Professional Development) points.

Upon completion of your course assessments, you receive 2 certificates. A certificate from the Centre of Excellence and a CPD certificate displaying the number of CPD points earned from the course.

This course is endorsed by the Quality Licence Scheme. Therefore, upon successful completion of this course, learners can also receive a certificate of achievement from Quality Licence Scheme and a Learner Unit Summary, which lists the details of all the units the learner has completed as part of the course. (This certificate is optional and costs an additional £25).

The Quality Licence Scheme is part of the Skills and Education Group, a charitable organisation that unites education and skills-orientated organisations that share similar values and objectives. With more than 100 years of collective experience, the Skills and Education Group’s strategic partnerships create opportunities to inform, influence and represent the wider education and skills sector.

The Skills and Education Group also includes two nationally recognised awarding organisations; Skills and Education Group Awards and Skills and Education Group Access. Through their awarding organisations they have developed a reputation for providing high-quality qualifications and assessments for the education and skills sector. They are committed to helping employers, organisations and learners cultivate the relevant skills for learning, skills for employment, and skills for life.

Their knowledge and experience of working within the awarding sector enables them to work with training providers, through the Quality Licence Scheme, to help them develop high-quality courses and/or training programmes for the non-regulated market.

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