Voldemort had it right. Love is the oldest magic known to humankind. From the world’s first novel, the 11th Century Tale of Genji and its star-crossed lovers, the alchemy at the beating heart of every story is love, in all its flavors.
What sets the romance genre apart from others is that the focus of a romance is the love relationship between two (usually) people (also usually) as well as the affirming ending that follows a series of character-driven obstacles which the lovers must overcome in order to earn their Happily Ever After.
In this hands-on workshop you will learn how to put your great idea for a romance novel (or any other character-driven genre) through its paces. Starting with the germ of your story idea, we’ll uncover the theme and premise, the misbeliefs of the hero and heroine (protagonist and contagonist) that prevent the couple from making an emotional commitment, and even set up the crucial scenes that will launch your love story onto the page and into the hearts of your readers. By the end of the workshop you’ll have developed an intimate knowledge of your story’s goals, your characters, their conflict and the blockbuster ending that will prove Voldemort’s greatest fear — that Love is Old Magic.
Linda Needham is an award-winning, USA Today bestselling author of ten historical romance novels, seven full-length musicals and two stage plays, with a two-title expanded version of her first published book and a novella scheduled for independent release in 2017. She is a frequent speaker at writers conferences, presenting her popular hands-on workshops and participating in discussion panels covering a full range of issues confronting all authors in today’s ever-changing publishing environment. She writes full time from her home office near Portland, Oregon.