Monday, May 16, 2011

Ankara Press Announces Romance Writers Workshop

If you have a romance novel sitting in your drawer or if you’ve always dreamt of crafting thrilling love stories like your favourite Mills and Boon novels with African characters, then Ankara Press is bringing you an exciting opportunity. They will be hosting a one-day workshop to introduce aspiring romance writers to the techniques of writing engaging and original romance novels. 

Keep your manuscript from the rejection pile by learning what today’s editors are looking for. A new generation of romance is emerging – driven by the growing economic power of its readers.  Modern romance novels now feature independent female characters who are assertive and ambitious and male characters who are strong, honest and not afraid to emote. Writers must be able to identify and recreate such characters if they want to be published by Ankara Press.

Learn how to avoid the traps of “traditional romance,” as well as how to spot clichéd dialogue, overused plotlines and stereotypical characters. If you dream of being a romance writer, this workshop is for you.

Further Details
Workshop: Writing Modern Romance 
Time: 12noon to 2pm 
Venue: French Cultural Centre at 52 Libreville Street, off Aminu Kanu Crescent, Wuse II, Abuja. 

Selection will be by competition.  
To apply, email: Attach a one-page sample of your best romantic fiction (no more than 1,500 words, double-spaced, 12 point font) as a word document. Please include your name (no aliases or pen names), the title of the story, your phone number and email address. Please include “Workshop” in the subject of your email. 

Contents of the course
-    Avoiding Clichés: How to develop original story ideas
-    Polishing the gem: Common writing mistakes
-    Holding out for a Hero: Bringing your characters to life
-    Say it again, Sam: How to create and develop memorable dialogue
-    Tying it all together: An introduction to structure

About Us 
Ankara Press is a fresh new voice publishing romantic fiction for the African market. The press is devoted to publishing easy-to-read, books with African settings, storylines and characters. We want give readers a trusted companion in our titles; above all, we want African men and women to see the best version of themselves in print.  
For more information, contact: Chinelo Onwualu at 

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