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.

By 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.

In 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.

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


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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

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

Joanna Orwin

Writing has been a life-long passion for Joanna, with a first chapter book published in serial form in the Nelson Evening Mail when she was nine followed by high school prizes for poetry and essays. She has written everything from articles for trade and interest journals, interpretation panels and brochures on historical, environmental, and cultural topics, to award-winning fiction and non-fiction books that range from social and environmental history to historical and adventure novels for children, young adults, and adults.

Mentoring and supporting other writers has always been part of her writing life, including critiques for writers during thirty years’ experience as an editor/writing tutor for the Forest Research Institute and Manaaki Whenua-Landcare Research, student mentoring for Hagley Writers’ Institute, and for the last five years has been a mutual critiquer of historical fiction with a small peer group of international writers.

Joanna has been short-listed six times in the Children’s Book of the Year Awards, twice winning her category. Two of her non-fiction titles for adults won New Zealand Awards in History, her historical novel Shifting Currents was short-listed in the 2021 Heritage Book awards, and Riccarton and the Deans family was a finalist in the 2016 Heritage Book Awards. Joanna was the 2009 University of Otago College of Education Children’s Writer in Residence.

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.