Editing Romance Novels 201 GROUP COURSE

(6 customer reviews)



And they lived happily ever after.

It may sound cliché, but the happily-ever-after ending in romance novels keeps those books selling, which means authors are still writing romance novels, which means there’s a market for romance novel editors!

Whether you’re editing historical, contemporary, or steampunk romance, there are certain elements that readers (and publishers) expect to see in a romance novel. In this four-week class, we’ll look at those elements that make a novel a romance, as well as reviewing some fiction-editing basics.

Here’s what you can expect from Editing Romance 201:

  • The Basics of Good Fiction (and how to incorporate them in romance novels)
  • Romantic Characters (from their meeting to their attraction to the minor characters around them)
  • Romantic Plots (learning to pace the romance, make it difficult, then bring the characters together)
  • Common Mistakes (including mislabeling books as romance, cliché situations, and more!)

If you’ve never studied fiction editing, this class includes a good introduction; if you’re already editing fiction, it will be a good refresher. This stand-alone course can help new editors kick-start their careers while helping seasoned editors strengthen their skills so they can expand their services to include a new genre.

Registration opens June 26, 2023.




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Instructor: Karin Beery

Format: This is the Group Course format, which includes an online discussion board and instructor feedback. The course will be conducted via Google Groups.

Prerequisites: None

Level: Beginner/Intermediate

Base price: $120 (members of The Christian PEN receive discounts)

Course length: This course is four lessons; it runs from August 21-September 11, 2023.

Registration deadline: August 28, 2023

Course Outline: Click to download.

Certificate of Completion: Upon completion of this course, students will earn a course certificate.

(Note: Refunds will not be given for this Group Course after June 5, 2020.)

6 reviews for Editing Romance Novels 201 GROUP COURSE

  1. Jami B.

    I valued having the lesson material developed by an active editor in the field. Some of the information in the lessons included material that I had already garnered through online research, but there were elements that I hadn’t learned a lot about, such as specifics on story structure and asking the author for a character background prior to reading–great advice! I liked getting feedback on my assignments. I like to know if I’m on target, and if there are areas where I can improve.

  2. Anonymous

    This is a very informative class. One of the main things I’ve enjoyed in courses when offered was a chance to actually do editing and get the instructor’s feedback on the edits themselves. I find that the most helpful.

  3. Christine Boatwright

    I love romance novels, so this class was right up my alley. I like how I learned the structure of romance novels. Now, I can have a checklist of things that should appear. 

  4. Anonymous

    The instructor did a wonderful job of explaining the information, with helpful examples. I have the most difficulty with identifying characters’ GMCs, and I have a better grasp of that now, thanks to this course. The assignments helped me apply what I learned in the lessons to real-world work. 

  5. Elizabeth Reed

    This class was both challenging and fun, the perfect combo. Karin does a great job of teaching, and I highly recommend taking this course.

  6. Denise F. McAllister

    Most helpful was the instructor’s explanation of what we’d be studying that week and her comments on our homework. She was extremely responsive and helpful. The homework was challenging at times, but fun and rewarding. I liked the use of movies so that we didn’t all have to read a ton of books to be on the same wavelength. 

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