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Writing Romance and Realistic Intimacy

w/ Maame Blue

Intimate relationships are the centre of so many of the stories we wish to tell. How do we make connections – figurative and physical – between characters realistic? In this exciting short course, you’ll focus on the ins and outs of writing romance, developing your skills in crafting characters and scenes.

Thursdays 6.30pm – 8.30pm (AEST), 6 – 20 June 2024

$395 / $335.75 (alumni)


Over three consecutive weeks, you will have the opportunity to work with acclaimed author Maame Blue, as she delivers practical advice for writing romantic relationships, to ensure readers fall in love with your characters and story.

Romance is a booming genre of writing, ever popular with readers across the world. It can be commercial in nature and call on a huge literary history and legacy. There are just as many conventions as in other genres, as well as rules that can be broken too.

This course will give you a toolkit for writing desire, courtship, and fulfillment – and will look into where things can go wrong, for writer and romance alike. Your classes will be filled with practical examples and writing exercises to help light the spark of your romantic plot.


Writers you'll be working with:

Maame Blue

Maame Blue is a Ghanaian-Londoner, creative writing tutor and author of the novel Bad Love, which won the 2021 Betty Trask award, and was shortlisted for the Betty Trask Prize. Her short stories have been published in Not Quite Right For Us (Flipped Eye Publishing), New Australian Fiction 2020 (Kill Your Darlings), and Joyful, Joyful…

Course outline

Session 1: Thursday 6 June
How intimacy and romance intersect + deconstructing texts + writing exercise.

Session 2: Thursday 13 June
Writing with intention + discussion on intimacy levels + writing exercise.

Session 3: Thursday 20 June
Exploring the aftermath + discussion character impact + writing exercise.

How to Book

$395.00 – Purchase Includes 10% tax