New Romance Writing Course at McDaniel College

There is a totally new, really exciting online learning opportunity at McDaniel College, for degree or non-degree, credit or non-credit seeking students:

Enjoy Romance Novels? Have you ever thought about writing your own?

The McDaniel College Romance Writing (RW) program is designed for working professionals who are new to writing or have some writing experience. The coursework is dedicated to writing story-driven fiction. The graduate online courses are taught by experts in the field, such as New York Times bestselling romance writer Jennifer Crusie. The five graduate-level courses (15 credits) culminate in a polished original proposal package. The courses may be applied to the Master of Liberal Arts (MLA) program or earned on a non-degree basis.

Upcoming Courses:

FALL 2012

WRT 521: Reading the Romance (August 27 – October 21, 2012)
3.0 credits
This course examines the writing craft of respected romance authors. The course content explores craft elements including audience, word choice, sentence construction, narration, point of view, plot, characters, and setting. Students identify, analyze, and model these elements by a thorough reading of selected popular romances.

WRT 522: Writing the Romance Novel I (October 22 – December 16, 2012)
3.0 credits
Prerequisite: WRT 521
This course explores the use of character in writing the romance. Course topics include the roles of the protagonist and antagonist, the psychology of love, and the importance of community and the relationships within it. Candidates will analyze relationships from successful romance stories, apply that analysis to the relationship in their work in progress, and write the first scene from their stories.

Not interested in receiving graduate credit?
A noncredit version of the program is available for those not wishing to pursue graduate credit. The noncredit version of the program offers students the exact same program, experience and interaction as the credit version of the program. Download the noncredit registration form. Please carefully follow the instructions on the form regarding registration and payment for the noncredit option. Noncredit registration forms can be e-mailed to Ms. Penny Pfeiffer at or faxed to 410-857-2515 (attn: Penny Pfeiffer).

Click on the links to apply or learn more.

2 responses

  1. Seeing McDaniel College offer these courses warms the cockles of my heart. Before it was McDaniel, it was Western Maryland College, my grandma’s alma mater. She graduated in 1932 with a teaching degree. She taught French & English until her retirement in 1972. Grandma moved on last October at the age of 96, as it was truly her time. So, seeing McDaniel offer unique course work reminds me of my grandma. Best wishes to everyone involved in this program.



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