Romance Writing Course.


If you enjoy reading romances and love stories, this is the best and only romance writing course you need. It shows you – the novice writer – how to develop from romance novel reader to romance novel writer. The journey takes about a year.

RomanceBy the time you graduate, your first romance story should be completed. Then you can write more novels. Independent publishing on Amazon Kindle, Smashwords or Lulu is now an exciting option. You’ll earn royalties from your writing!

Each of the nine romance writing tutorials teaches you something new and exciting. Your personal tutor will guide you every step of the way with constructive advice as you move through the learning to write process.

If you have made a start at writing a novel and given up in frustration, welcome back. New writers should not struggle alone. Just follow the steps prepared for you – as you would a road map.

ROMIn this romance writing course (home study) you’ll discover all kinds of romance writing: historical, medical, fantasy and a dozen other genre. There are romance stories for young lovers and for those who find love in their golden years. Every successful writer was once a complete beginner – a novice, just like you.

They had to learn the fundamentals of their profession. Jane Austen learned how to write from private tutors. Frederick Forsyth switched from journalism to fiction. You choose which age group you will write for.

JK Rowling got ideas from her classics degree.

John Grisham’s legal background enabled him to write believable courtroom dramas.You decide whether to set your stories in a New Zealand setting or in some foreign location. Let your own life experiences provide believable descriptions of the situations you write about.

If you’ve ever been in love, you’re qualified to write about romance.

You Receive.

  • Tutoring from New Zealand industry experts

  • Course books, folder and stationery pack

  • Printed copies of all course materials

  • Cutting edge eLearning systems for online learning option

  • Access to online forums to network with other students and tutors

  • Support from admin staff to help you through the learning experience

  • Training from a trusted distance learning institute with over 30 years of experience

Get Brochure.

Complete the short form below to download the prospectus.

The Enrolment Application is contained within the download and is also available online.
Please email ([email protected]) or call if you have any questions. Toll Free: 0800 80 1994 International: +64 9 272 3974.

Tutor Profile.

Jean founded the New Zealand Romance Writers Society, so she is absolutely the best person to teach others how to write romance stories. Her own romance books sell worldwide under various nom-de-plume names.

Jean will show novice romance writers how to recognise the characteristics which make the ideal hero and heroine; they are never perfect individuals. Each has some personal quirk or fault to overcome as they go seeking their love mate.

You will learn techniques which convert a reasonable story into a ripping page-turner. Jean shows her students how to put a cliff-hanger or a heart-stopping-moment at the end of each chapter. Then readers have to turn the page, even if it is 2am.

Jean lives in Auckland, but originally came from England. She loved the movies while growing up and that's probably where her love of storytelling started.

Jean Drew

Tina Shaw

Tina Shaw is a novelist, short story and freelance writer who lives
in Taupo. Her stories have been published in anthologies, literary journals and magazines. Her recent literary novel for adults is The Children’s Pond (Pointer Press). In 2013 she edited the Bateman New Zealand Writer’s Handbook.

She is a winner of the Buddle Findlay Sargeson Fellowship, has held the Creative New Zealand Berlin Writers’ Residency, and was Writer in Residence at the University of Waikato. She has also written junior and young adult fiction, including Into the Hinterland, and its sequel Dogs of the Hinterland as well as books for the ‘Kiwi Bites’ and ‘Mainsails’ series. Her young adult novel About Griffen’s Heart was a Storylines Notable Book in 2010.

Tina has many years experience as a manuscript assessor. She is a mentor and assessor for the NZ Society of Authors. Her website is

What You'll Learn.

1. Getting Started Genres

2. Introducing The Hero

3 .Introducing The Heroine

4. Developing Your Voice

5. Plotting A Romance

6. Exploring Sub-Genres

7. More Sub-Genres

8. How To End A Chapter

9. Editors & Agents


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We have been operating since 1991 and have thousands of graduates all over the world. Our courses are conducted by correspondence. You decide when and where you study. The course material (including books) is sent to you, and you submit your assignments regularly. You don't have to take time off work or travel to classes.