Writing Romantasy

15th April 2024 7:00pm to 8:30pm, Online

Want to write romantasy, the explosive new genre publishers are searching for?

Tara Loder, an Editorial Director with experience of big five publishing, rapidly growing digital-first imprints and publishing startups, will discuss what makes a romantasy, taking you through the key elements and showing you how to incorporate them into your own writing. 

What is romantasy? Is it new? What are its defining features? Learn the answers to all these questions and more.

Tara will lead you through how to become a world builder, how to populate your world and how to create magic systems. She'll help you master the tropes and explore how to write an incredible, original world – incorporating the known and unknown. You'll determine who is at the heart of your story and how they fit into your romantastic world. You'll look at some stock archetypes of the hero and heroine, and learn how to make them your own. 

A romantasy is rarely just a one-and-done when it comes to plot. You’re going to need an overarching plot that ties together a number of books, while making each book a satisfying read. You’ll learn the Squiggly Line Test, which can be applied before, during and/or after writing. 

Finally, you'll discover how to make the romance and the mission the heart of the story; because these are the threads that will keep the reader coming back for more.  

This masterclass will take place online via Teams. It will also be recorded so if you are unable to attend live, you'll be able to catch-up and access the recording for up to two weeks after the event has taken place. The session will end with a Q&A, so come ready with your questions! 

Speaker profiles
Tara Loder

Having worked as an editor across big five publishers such as Little, Brown and Headline, as well as the UK’s fastest growing publisher, Tara Loder knows what it takes to create a bestselling novel. She’s worked on Sunday Times bestsellers, as well as chart topping digital bestsellers, and is experienced in taking a novel from an idea to a published masterpiece. She loves working with authors, those already published and those just starting out on their publishing journey.

Tara has edited crime novels such as The Locksmith, as well as romantic escapism such as A Year at the French Farmhouse and paranormal romance such as Burn. She's currently pursuing her passion of working on romantasy novels. There is hardly an area of fiction she hasn’t published into, and she recently turned her hand to writing romantic fiction. She knows what agents, editors and readers are looking for, and is keen to help ensure your manuscript grabs their attention.

Booking & payment

The workshop fee of £30 (incl. VAT) is payable in full online. Please note that payment instalment plans are available for all W&A events, writing courses and editing services. Contact W&A Admin on events@writersandartists.co.uk so that we can find a payment schedule that works for you.

This is a live online event which will be presented using video conferencing software. Joining instructions and full guidance will be provided by the W&A Team a week before the event start-date. Please note, all event timings are in UK time.

To view our event refund and cancellation policy, please click here.

Accessible to All

  • It’s of real importance to Writers & Artists that our events and courses remain accessible to all.

  • Writers & Artists has made one bursary place available for this event as part of our accessibility scheme. Please visit our bursaries page to find out how to apply for bursaries to the course. Please note, this bursary place has now been allocated.
  • Payment instalment plans are available for all W&A events, writing courses and editing services. Contact W&A Admin on events@writersandartists.co.uk so that we can find a payment schedule that works for you.
  • At the speaker's discretion, event materials will be made available to attendees after the masterclass.

  • A link to a recording of the masterclass will be circulated after the event. This will be made available to event attendees only, and for a time-limited period.

  • This event will include written text and visuals. Please contact us in advance so that we can make arrangements to be sure all documents appear in a format that works for you.

  • If you’d like to attend but have any questions or concerns regarding accessibility, then please email AccessWA@bloomsbury.com


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