Certificate in Romantic Fiction Writing

What is Romantic Fiction Writing?

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You feel emotions intensely and vibrantly like white light poured through a prism. You write romance stories in your head and in your heart every day. You’d like to write them on paper and see them published. You should. And you can!

So indulge your passions and enter the intriguing world of the romance writer – and be respectably paid. All you need is the desire and the Writer’s Craft Certificate course in Romantic Fiction Writing.

The market for romantic fiction is enjoying a quite amazing growth phase. There has been an explosion in paperback publishing, with such imprints as Mills and Boon, Harlequin, and Rainbow.

Romances account for almost half the paperbacks sold in the world today and new writers are always needed to meet the readers’ demands. There has also been a boom in young women’s magazines featuring romantic short stories.

The Writer’s Craft Certificate course in Romantic Fiction Writing is up to date with the latest trends. Our course materials and methods have been prepared according to the latest developments in the market. We spoke with the editors who publish romantic fiction and got a complete list of specifications regarding their requirements. Our course teaches you to write exactly to their specifications, so if you are serious about this career choice, our course would give you the boost you need.

You will study the construction of plots to reflect readers’ emotions, dreams and desires, and the importance of the right romantic setting. You will learn how characterisation depends on the heroine and the hero, and how other characters are written into the plot to support the central two. These characters are there to present the conflict. You will also get to know what the acceptable and the unacceptable character traits are in relation to your heroine and hero.

Entrance Requirements

Basic literacy skills and a passion for writing!

Program Duration

Recommended 12 months of study

Programme Outcomes

• Preface
• What is a romance?
• What makes a true romance?
• Do all romances have to be the same?
• The common denominators
• The importance of plotting
• Theme
• Purpose
• Conflict
• Pace your book – Highs and lows
• Characters
• Get to know your characters
• The heroine
• When should one describe the heroine?
• Clothes
• The hero
• Dialogue
• To move the story along
• To give information
• To show more about the character
• To create and enhance sexual tension
• Are there mistakes to avoid?
• Vivid writing
• Creating tension
• Emotion
• Sex scenes
• Endings
• Revision
• Ready to send away!

For a Detailed Course Structure, please click here.

Assessment and Award

Once you have successfully completed the course, you will be awarded a Certificate in Romantic Fiction Writing.


Please note that this programme is not registered on the NQF, and as such it is not a credit-bearing programme.

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