This fun four-week course will give participants an understanding of the individual elements that are essential to creating a successful romance novel. In a lively and supportive atmosphere, incorporating group discussion, guided workshop exercises, and selected readings from the genre, participants will practise a variety of techniques that will help them create genre-specific characters and plots, and to start writing a romance story of their own.

Michelle Douglas has been writing for iconic romance publisher Harlequin Mills & Boon since 2007 and has, to date, written twenty-eight romance novels (with more in the works). “Truly funny and moving”, “Poignant and absolutely impossible to put down,” and “Sparkling with warmth, humor and charm” is just a small sample of what the critics have had to say about Michelle’s award-winning romances. Her 2018 release The Million Pound Marriage Deal was nominated for the romance genre’s premier award—the Romance Writers of America’s RITA.

She’s a sucker for happy endings, heroines who have a secret stash of chocolate, and heroes who know how to laugh. She has recently completed a PhD at the University of Newcastle. Her subject area was Romance (of course) and Feminism. She lives in Newcastle with her own romantic hero, a house full of dust and books, and an eclectic collection of 60s and 70s vinyl.