Male and female

Washington Romance Writers are thrilled to host Virginia Kantra for two thought-provoking workshops about gender and romance.

Gender: Sex, Style and Substance:   Gender roles are changing in society and romance, yet the differences between men and women still impact our genre. Using examples from her own work and best-selling authors, Virginia Kantra demonstrates how an understanding of gender can add credibility to our characterizations and spark to our romance. This workshop will discuss gender roles from the standpoint of biology and genre fiction; meeting reader expectations and subverting stereotypes; and how male and female communication styles affect dialogue, point-of-view, and conflict.

Sex, Struggle, Intimacy, and Control: It’s Not (Just) About the Handcuffs:  Every satisfying love story charts both character growth and the growth of a relationship. The hero and heroine must grow as individuals (becoming stronger, more capable, and more autonomous) and as lovers (becoming more trusting, vulnerable, and dependent on each other). Using examples from movies, bestselling authors, and Virginia’s own work, this workshop explores the tension between the character arc and the romance arc; the different ways the two sexes negotiate the struggle for intimacy and control; and what makes an ending happy anyway.

We look forward to seeing you at 10 a.m. May 11 at the Bethesda-Chevy Chase Regional Service Center in Bethesda, Maryland.