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Writing Romance Novels Readers Will Love

Presented by Emily Colin

Emily Colin

Have you always dreamed of writing a romance novel, but don’t know where to begin? Or are you partway through your manuscript, but somewhere between the witty banter and stolen kisses, you’ve realized your story’s just not shaping up the way you dreamed? Whether your style is steamy or sweet, snappy or poignant, set in a big city or a small town, there’s room for you in the romance genre. In this session, we’ll get to the heart of how to write successful romantic fiction, learning the secrets to what draws readers in and keeps them turning pages until your characters’ happily-ever-after. With tips for both drafting and revision, pointers on writing love scenes that spur character development, and insight into craft and the path to publication, this is a lecture you won't want to miss.


Emily Colin is the New York Times bestselling author of love stories with supernatural twists for adults and teens. For adults, she is the author of The Memory Thief, which was a Target Emerging Authors Pick, and The Dream Keeper's Daughter. For teens, she's the author of the Moonbeam Award-winning young adult dystopian-fantasy series, The Seven Sins. The first book, Sword of the Seven Sins, was a Foreword INDIES Award finalist, won the YA fiction award of the North Carolina Indie Author Project, and was shortlisted for the 2021 Manly Wade Wellman Award for North Carolina Science Fiction and Fantasy. The second book, Siege of the Seven Sins, is a 2021 silver IPPY Award winner and Foreword INDIES finalist.

Emily has co-edited and contributed to two anthologies, Wicked South: Secrets and Lies and Unbound: Stories of Transformation, Love, and Monsters, which was a Suspense Magazine “Best of” 2021 pick as well as a 2021 Foreword INDIES Award finalist. Her short fiction has also appeared in the USA Today bestselling romance anthology Dissent.

A former Pitch Wars mentor and current KissPitch mentor, Emily is a writing instructor, freelance editor, and book coach.

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