OCCRWA Proudly Presents:
November 11 - December 12, 2013
Writing the Regency Romance
with Shannon Donnelly
About the Class:
For all that it covers an amazingly short time span (1811 to 1820) the English Regency has a remarkable allure for writers and readers. Mystery writers, including the great John Dixon Carr, have chosen this era for a setting, and the Napoleonic wars offer the setting for the popular Sharp series by Bernard Cornwell and the Aubrey/Maturin Series by Patrick O'Brian's. In Romance writing, the Regency is perhaps the most popular historical time period, and has launched many now best-selling authors. But why should such a short time span--nine years really, although the Regency influence extends over perhaps thirty years--prove so magnetic?
This workshop covers what makes the Regency a fascinating era, and how to use this era to add wit, gallantry and elegance to your setting and your novel. We'll look at key research resources, what do you need to get right and what can you invent. And we'll go over a brief overview of the history of the Regency era, with its great contrast, and therefore great conflicts, rich, background, and a more romantic time.
About the Instructor:
Shannon Donnelly’s writing has won numerous awards, including a RITA nomination for Best Regency, the Grand Prize in the "Minute Maid Sensational Romance Writer" contest, judged by Nora Roberts, RWA's Golden Heart, and others. Her writing has repeatedly earned 4½ Star Top Pick reviews from Romantic Times magazine, as well as praise from Booklist and other reviewers, who note: "simply superb"..."wonderfully uplifting"....and "beautifully written."
Her work has been on the top seller list of Amazon.com and she recently published Paths of Desire, a Historical Regency romance, of which Romantic Historical Lovers notes: “a story where in an actress meets an adventurer wouldn’t normally be at the top of my TBR pile; but I’ve read and enjoyed other books by this author and so I thought I’d give this one a go. I’m glad I did. I was hooked and pulled right into the world of the story from the very beginning…Highly recommended.” Paths of Desire and her other Regency romances can be found as ebooks with on all ebook formats, and with Cool Gus Publishing.
Shannon can be found online at sd-writer.com, facebook.com/sdwriter, and twitter/sdwriter.
This is a 4-week online course that uses email and Yahoo Groups. The class is open to anyone wishing to participate. The cost is $30.00 per person or, if you are a member of OCCRWA, $20.00 per person.