Did you know that Coffeetime Romance www.coffeetimeromance.com offers free writing classes and seminars?
Here are two of their current and upcoming ones-
February 15th-Writing SciFi Romance Heroes presented by Cynthia Sax
Cyborgs, Bounty Hunters, Aliens, Clones, Androids – The variety of heroes in SciFi Romance is deliciously varied. Why do readers pick up a story with one type of hero and not another? What do they expect from these heroes? Cynthia Sax will explore how to craft a SciFi romance hero using reader expectations.
There are reasons why romance readers pick up stories with one type of hero and not another. They have expectations for this hero. Satisfy these expectations and readers are more likely to enjoy your story.
But we have to do more than simply give readers a ‘type’ of hero. Heroes should be individuals. They have goals, motivations, flaws and other traits. We’ll talk about how to make your hero one of a kind, a hero readers will remember and love.
Note: We’ll be talking specifically about SciFi Romance heroes in this workshop but I’ve used the same process for my contemporary and paranormal heroes.
Day One – Morning
We’ll talk about why readers choose stories with one type of hero and not another.
We’ll discuss the reader expectations for cyborgs, bounty hunters, aliens, clones, androids and other SciFi romance hero ‘types’.
Day One – Afternoon
Now that we know the reader expectations, we’ll discuss how to take a character ‘type’ and craft him into a character, giving him goals, motivation, flaws and other traits.
February 7-28-Writing M/M Romance presented by A. Cathering Noon
When “what he said” isn’t enough
Writing M/M romance, or “male/male” romance, came about in the late 1960’s (probably much earlier, but that’s when folks admit to it), written largely by and for women. It has its roots in the fan communities and stories were mimeographed (anybody remember those?) to be passed around at conventions or mailed (yes, snail mail) back and forth.
And then came the internet.
Now, with the explosion of ebooks and the ease of sharing stories via forums and archives, the genre has come into its own. There are now more and more original stories with two male characters who meet, have conflicts, and fall in love. And yes, there’s the sex.
We’ll talk about how to write convincing male characters and how to handle pronoun confusion. We’ll touch on some elements of erotic writing and how to make scenes as hot, or as sweet, as one wishes.
Most of all, we’ll have fun. Join me for some discussion and, most of all, some writing.