I probably won’t be able to make it to an RWA conference until 2019 in NYC (since *fingers crossed* my grad school will be on the east coast). That said, since I can buy recordings after the conference ends, I have a few ideas for what I’d love to listen to:
1. Building “Ah Ha!” Romantic Moments – those ooey-gooey bits that make your stomach flutter and doubles your rooting for the protagonists to get their HEA
2. Structure and Scene – best tips for writing romance with nonlinear structures (flashbacks, flashforwards, epistolary, etc)
3. Deconstructing Romance Shorthand – why do we use and reuse certain descriptions to say X character is Y (e.g. the red-headed heroine is always feisty), and how can we complicate this in our fiction?
4. Religion in Romance – how do Inspirational and non-Inspirational Romance writers view the function and form of faith/spirituality in romance?
5. World-building in Historical Romance – not about historical accuracy, but the choices each individual author makes with their research to build their own version of Regency England, and other settings.
6. Literary/Cultural Critique of the Genre – I want to hear from romance authors trained in critique talk about romance novels and romantic fiction through the ages (nudge Emma Barry nudge)
7. Debate over the HEA/HFN – this always seems to be a point of contention for non-romance writers. I want to hear a discussion about what it is, its essential function in romance, how different authors approach writing knowing that the HEA is always endgame, if they’ve ever struggled with characters who wouldn’t ride off into the sunset.
8. Promotion and Collaboration in the post self-publishing World – how author relationships have adapted to today’s market. Groups, anthologies, co-authors, etc.
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