Writing a Romance Novel

Write an irresistible, heartfelt romance that readers will fall in love with – with bestselling author Jenny Colgan.


Jul 14 2022 - Aug 25 2022

Romantic Fiction

Write an irresistible romance novel


Hosted on our bespoke learning platform


+ £145 for a 500-word report


Everyone has a favourite romantic moment, whether it’s from real life or on screen – or from a much-loved novel. From sweeping love stories to contemporary rom coms to historical romance, readers turn to romantic fiction for characters they care deeply about, emotion that feels authentic and true, and stories that connect. If you’re a fan of Jojo Moyes, E L James, Mike Gayle, Julia Quinn, Casey McQuiston or Candice Carty-Williams, and are keen to write your own romantic novel – whether you have the germ of an idea or are already halfway through – this course is for you.

Across six weeks, bestselling novelist Jenny Colgan will introduce you to the world of romantic fiction – exploring what makes a page-turning, heartfelt romance novel by drawing on popular examples of the genre, identifying the rules of romantic fiction and highlighting key techniques that you can bring to your own writing. Romance is for everyone – whoever takes centre stage in your story and whatever flavour of love you want to explore in your novel, Jenny will equip you with all the tools you’ll need to make your readers’ hearts leap and flutter – from creating romantic lead characters that the reader will follow anywhere, and generating irresistible chemistry between them, to establishing the world of the story.

In addition to the specially filmed teaching videos, detailed notes, and resources, Jenny will set weekly writing tasks that will help you to practise the skills you’re learning and bring them to bear directly on your novel. These range from realising your main character’s traits and qualities, developing your plot by identifying what has to happen in your story, and establishing a writing habit. All students will receive a short piece of written feedback on one writing task from an expert editor during the course.

Jenny’s material is rich, accessible, and full of useful guidance that will help you build your love story incrementally each week, grow in confidence and develop a strong writing routine. By the end of your course, you should have written at least a 3,000-word opening and have a good idea of where the narrative is heading. This course will be equally helpful to anyone dipping their toe into writing for the first time and to those who have lots of writing experience and want to turn their hand to romantic fiction.


Jenny Colgan, Author

Jenny Colgan is the author of numerous Sunday Times bestselling novels and has won various awards for her writing, including the Melissa Nathan Award for Comedy Romance, the RNA Romantic Novel of the Year Award and the RNA Romantic Comedy Novel of the Year Award. Her books have sold more than five million copies worldwide and in 2015 she was inducted into the Love Stories Hall of Fame. Jenny is married with three children and lives in Scotland. Photo by Kajsa Goeransson.


Weekly Teaching Modules

We give you the tools to help you write a page-turning romance novel

Work through six weekly modules comprising teaching videos, substantial notes and tasks by Jenny Colgan. Topics range from finding the focus for your romantic novel and understanding the building blocks of story, to invaluable tips about editing your novel.

Dedicated Teaching Videos

Bestselling author Jenny Colgan guides you through the course

Watch specially filmed, informative teaching videos presented by Jenny Colgan, offering a practical and inspiring approach to help you understand the key elements of romantic fiction and craft your own fresh and heartfelt story.

Resources & Notes

Comprehensive teaching notes and reference materials which are yours to keep

You’ll get access to detailed notes and teaching resources, including extracts from Jenny’s own popular romance novels and a guide to help you bring your characters to life.

Curtis Brown Creative learning platform forum

Student Forum

The hub of our online courses – find your writing community

Upload your completed tasks, give and receive feedback, and discuss this week’s topics with your fellow students and the CBC team.

Weekly Tasks

Tailor-made tasks help you put the lessons into practice

Work your way through Jenny’s weekly tasks, including completing a factfile for your main character, introducing your romantic interest through the narrative viewpoint of your protagonist, and identifying problems and solutions that will arise in your story.


Get feedback from your peers and an expert CBC editor

Sharpen your editorial eye through offering comment on other students’ work and get their feedback on yours. An expert CBC editor will give brief written comments on several of the students’ practical assignments each week, with all students receiving feedback on a task at some stage of the course.


You can follow the course at your own pace, but to get the best out of it, allow plenty of time each week to watch the videos, read and reflect on the notes and resources, complete the writing tasks, and take part in discussions in the forum. We encourage all students to offer positive, constructive feedback to each other in the forum as the course progresses.

It’s also important to be working on your romance novel throughout the six weeks. At the end of the course, we invite students to share the opening 3,000 words plus a one-page synopsis to give an overview of the story. This is not a submission to the agency but an opportunity to get peer feedback.


All students will be given the option to purchase feedback on their final task from a CBC editor (a published author with relevant teaching/editorial experience).

  • CBC report: For an additional fee of £145, you can obtain a detailed 500-word report on your work (of up to 3,000 words) from one of our editors.
  • CBC report + tutorial: For an additional fee of £240, you can obtain a 500-word report from one of our editors and have a 30-minute video or telephone tutorial with them to discuss your work.


Each week students will gain access to a new module packed with practical advice for how to develop and write your romance novel. Our bespoke online learning platform allows students to quickly find and take part in discussions and to easily locate task materials they’d like to refer back to.





Set aside your self-doubt, find the focus of your romantic story and start getting the words down.





Identify the traits and qualities of your characters, create chemistry between them, and take them on an emotional journey.





Find ideas and inspiration from the world around you, understand the shape of a compelling story and learn the rules of romance.




Learn how to connect with your reader’s experience and draw them into the heart of your story. Set scenes with a light touch, then bring them to life with dialogue.




Use your new writing habit to keep up the momentum and discover Jenny’s tried-and-tested editing techniques to provide the best possible reading experience.




Learn about the tools you need to move confidently forward with your finished and polished novel beyond the end of the course.


We’re excited to have you join our community of writers. Choose your preferred option from the right-hand-side and click the ‘Pay & Enrol’ button by 12 July 2022 (midnight, end of day). Make sure that you agree to the Terms and Conditions. If you have a discount code you can input the details at payment. You will be shown a secure credit card form for payment. Once you have paid you will receive an email confirming your enrolment.

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