Fifty Shades of Fabio: Writing the Erotic Romance Novel, with Vivacia K. Ahwen (Workshop)
Saturday February 2, 2019, 1-4pm
Love it or hate it, modern erotic romance is it here to stay. Once called “bodice rippers” and “mommy porn,” the books which fall under this umbrella are at last gaining recognition and respect in the mainstream community. ER makes up over a third of all novels sold, with $1.8 billion dollar revenue in 2018, and with the convenience of e-reader, the market continues to boom. Authors in all fiction genres —not just popular romance– should be familiar with the language of “Romancelandia”. We’ll discuss history, tropes, formula, themes, characterization, and general tone of the erotic novel. Then we get down and dirty. That’s right, you’ll leave Fifty Shades of Fabio with a few pages of your own erotic fiction, because we’re going to brainstorm, write, and workshop. No critique. Just exploration, exercises, and likely a few laughs involved in our classroom adventure. Who knows? You may just end up ready to write the next naughty bestseller.
Rachel Robbins/Vivacia K. Ahwen is HarperCollins author of Reaching Lily, Finding Lily, Angels’ Prey, The Land of Nod, and a contributor to the anthology 47-16: Poetry Inspired By David Bowie. She graduated from the University of Maine at Farmington with a B.A. in English/Psychology, and a B.F.A. in creative writing. Ahwen went on to earn a creative writing M.F.A. at the Stonecoast Program, before becoming an English and creative writing instructor at the University of Maine at Augusta, Central Maine Community College, Thomas College, Erskine Academy, and Winslow High School. Though now writing full-time, she is also hosts one of the Maine Arts Commission artists-in-residence programs, offering six-week novel writing workshops for local high schools’ gifted and talented students. While continuing to write ER, her three current WIPs are a YA thriller, poetry collection, a graphic novel, and designing indie book covers. Like many authors, Rachel Robbins/ Vivacia K. Ahwen wears many hats, a few of which are stylish. You can find Vivacia on her WordPress, Facebook, Twitter, and HarperCollins pages, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
WHERE: The workshop will be held at The Ford House on the campus of SNHU (2500 North River Road, Manchester, NH 03106 — Directions and parking info here)
WHEN: Saturday February 2 from 1-4pm
COST: This workshop is $65 for NHWP members or $85 for nonmembers and is limited to 12 students. Register now to ensure your spot in the class using the “Register Now” button below.
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P.S. Though description says 12 participants is the limit, I’m expanding to 15. Mo’ bettah!