WRW welcomes New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Grace Burrowes on Saturday, November 5, 2016.
Shirlington Branch of the Arlington Public Library
4200 Campbell Ave.
Arlington, Virginia 22206
10:00-10:15 Meet and Greet
10:15-Noon “Twelve Tweaks to Perk Up Your Prose”
1:30-4:00 “Romancing Your Novel’s Structure” and “What I Wish I’d Known…”
Twelve Tweaks to Perk Up Your Prose (that your editor/contest judge/CPs won’t tell you). These are the little touches that put the fairy dust on a good scene, and turn it into sparkly prose. We’ll also review the basics of a strong scene, because the scene is the building block of all good fiction.
Romancing Your Novel’s Structure (the Special Snowflakes version). A good romance novel is inherently more complicated than any other genre of fiction. The romance novel must have the pacing of a thriller, the external conflict of a mystery, the arcs of a tragedy, and the uplifting ending of comedy, the interesting characters of women’s fiction, as well as the skilled prose of literature. The best romances will do all of this times two (or three)… It’s not as easy as it looks, is it? Grace will share some tools for when the standard plotting techniques aren’t working, or you hit plotting trouble half-way through the manuscript.
What I Wish I’d Known…
Fifteen bestsellers, more than a million books sold, and six RITA nominations later, Grace has picked up a few lessons learned, which she will cheerfully pass along to any who will listen.
About the speaker:
Grace Burrowes started writing as an antidote to empty nest and soon found it an antidote to life in general. She is the sixth out of seven children, raised in the rural surrounds of central Pennsylvania. Early in life she spent a lot of time reading romance novels and practicing the piano. Her first career was as a technical writer and editor in the Washington, DC, area, a busy job that nonetheless left enough time to read a lot of romance novels.
It also left enough time to grab a law degree through an evening program, produce Beloved Offspring (only one, but she is a lion), and eventually move to the lovely Maryland countryside.
While reading yet still more romance novels, Grace opened her own law practice, acquired a master’s degree in Conflict Transformation (she had a teenage daughter by then) and started thinking about writing…. romance novels. This aim was realized when Beloved Offspring struck out into the Big World a few years ago. (“Mom, why doesn’t anybody tell you being a grown-up is hard?”)