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How to Craft a Successful Romance
wih Margaux DeRoux

Friday, June 25, 2021 - 12:00pm to 1:00pm

This event is produced in collaboration with the San Francisco Writers Conference.

It will take place via Zoom. Please register via Eventbrite and the Zoom credentials will be sent to you a few days before the class starts.
Questions? Contact Taryn Edwards, [email protected]

Did you know that romance novels are a billion dollar industry? In fact, romance is roughly the size of the mystery and science fiction/fantasy genre markets combined. This makes it one of the most popular—and competitive—genres. Join this session to ensure your book all has the necessary elements to satisfy readers, and stand out from the crowd.
Together, we’ll review the romance landscape and the romance reader, to determine where your work fits best. We’ll dive deep into the expectations readers will have for your book, and how to craft memorable lovers. This is not a session on how to get published—but it will help ensure your work is publishable.  

Session takeaways:
    1.    Understand the romance landscape and the romance reader
    2.    Explore the scenes and conventions your readers will expect
    3.    Learn how to craft a memorable cast of characters
    4.    Discover your intimacy style, and how it affects your novel

Margaux DeRoux is the author of The Lost Diary of Venice, published by Ballantine | Penguin Random House, and selected as a 2020 Indie Next List pick. Before turning to fiction, she worked in Silicon Valley as a strategic consultant. To purchase her novel (and support independent booksellers), please visit

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