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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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.


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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

Caroline Barron

Caroline Barron is an author, manuscript assessor and book coach, book reviewer and Creative New Zealand peer assessor. Caroline’s passion for helping writers find their voice and improve their writing craft is at the heart of her work.

Caroline has a Masters in Creative Writing and a journalism degree. She was a trustee of Michael King Writers Centre for four years, where she led the committee responsible for selecting residency recipients, and was on the selection panel for the New Zealand Society of Authors Complete Manuscript Assessment Programme.

Caroline’s book Ripiro Beach: A Memoir of Life After Near Death won the 2020 New Zealand Heritage Literary Award for Non-fiction. Her recent awards also include: 2021 Ngaio Marsh Award nominee (Ripiro Beach); 2020 National Flash Fiction Day (Auckland region winner); 2020 Surrey Hotel Residency (shortlisted); 2018 New Zealand Heritage Literary Award (winner, short prose); 2018 NZSA CompleteMS programme recipient; and winner of the 2015 NZSA LiIian Ida Smith Award. 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.