McDaniel begins new graduate program in romance writing

June 22, 2012

McDaniel College launches a graduate program in romance writing to begin in the fall of 2012. The program is supported by a grant from the Nora Roberts Foundation.

The five-course online program is dedicated to writing story-driven fiction culminating with a proposal package for an original, novel-length romance. Each course is three credits, and the cost per course is $1,290.

The courses are scheduled consecutively in eight-week increments making it possible to complete the program in about a year. Designed for those who are new to writing or have some writing experience, each online course is asynchronous, so anyone with an internet connection can, at any time, work on the course materials. The first course, “Reading the Romance,” runs August 27 – October 21, 2012.

Other courses include (scheduling subject to change):

  • “Writing the Romance Novel I”:  October 22 – December 16, 2012
  • “Writing the Romance Novel II”:  January 14 – March 10, 2013
  • “Romance Writing Workshop”:  March 11 – May 5, 2013
  • “Publishing”:  Summer 2013 TBD

Taught by experts in the field, instructors include Jennifer Crusie, a New York Times bestselling romance writer. The coordinator of the program is Pamela Regis, an English professor at McDaniel and nationally recognized expert on romance novels.

“I am honored to see this first-of-its-kind program launched at McDaniel through the generosity of the Nora Roberts Foundation,” Pam Regis said. “I am also delighted that Jenny Crusie, one of the best romance writers around and an in-demand teacher of writing romance, has agreed to teach. Her involvement in the program guarantees that the courses we are offering are beautifully designed and expertly taught.”

In addition, credits received from the romance writing program can be transferred into a master of liberal arts degree.

McDaniel College has been awarded two $100,000 grants from the Nora Roberts Foundation to help advance research and study of romance literature. The grants not only support the creation of the online graduate program in romance writing, but the establishment of a popular literature minor, which includes the study of romance, and the Nora Roberts Center for American Romance. Read more about the most recent gift from the Nora Roberts Foundation.

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