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Writing Contemporary Romance Short Course

Central Saint Martins
Taught by
Albane Linyer


The course is all about having fun, developing your writing skills and writing about what excites you. If you care about the characters and what is happening to them, so will we!

Jobs as a romance ghost-writer can be found on many freelance web sites. The main difficulty to get one of these entertaining, yet well-paid writing jobs is that the company will almost always ask for a writing sample. Unless you spend your Sunday writing Twilight fan-fictions, chances are you don’t have a (good) romance writing sample. At the end of the course, students will have a min 5 pages contemporary romance writing sample ready to show.

The course does not require previous experience in writing, but a great interest in romance novels, movies or TV shows will definitely make the journey even more enjoyable. The course will give the students keys to improve their writing skills and develop stories in the written form.

Topics Covered

  • Writing, fiction writing, ghost-writing, contemporary romance writing
  • Understanding what is required to write professionally
  • Knowledge of contemporary romance tropes

You will learn how to express your ideas using the written form, how to bring characters and stories to life, and leave the course with a sample of contemporary romance writing.

Who should take this course?
Students who want to get ghost-writing jobs in contemporary romance, or students just willing to explore their voice as an author.

Level: All Levels

Please note: This course is for students aged 18 and older

Tutor Description

Graduate from MA Dramatic Writing at Central Saint Martins, Albane is now a screenwriter and a novelist. Her first queer novel will be out in September 2019, and she is also working on series for Disney. She has created Paris' first pop-up LGBTQIA library.


Please bring the following with you:

  • Laptop and/or paper and pens.

Recommended reading:

  • Twilight
  • 50 shades of Grey
  • Any successful contemporary romance novel

Available dates