Take your storytelling to the next level.

Write better romance faster.

Make your passion your priority.

Romance Writing Lab’s Fiction Mastery Program

A comprehensive, intensive fiction writing program with masterclasses, coaching, & community.

Romance Writing Lab

Fiction Mastery Program

Say goodbye to creative writers block

Are you fed up with feeling stuck? Got plot holes you keep falling into? Writing stories that don’t get interest from agents or editors? Stories don’t seem to hit the right beats or grab readers?

Uncertainty can kill creativity, but don’t worry—we’ve got your back.  

Our 12 week intensive, online, cohort-based writing program will equip you with the knowledge & craftsmanship to master the core elements of dramatic storytelling, so you can confidently create stories that inspire and engage readers.

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We show you:

What to do

Intensive deep dives into the core elements of storytelling & drama: character arcs, romantic tension, conflict, plot, pace, turning points, backstory, & more. You’ll know exactly what you need to do.

But that’s not enough…

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Why to do it

Uncover the dramatic underpinnings to all those writing ‘rules.’ Understand why the ‘rules’ exist & what really matters about them, so you can break them with confidence if it serves your story.

But that’s not enough…

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How to do it

Sometimes whats & whys aren’t enough when you get back into the weeds of your own stories. So we give you concrete, powerful strategies for how to get all the good stuff on the page. It’s a lot.

A lot of awesome!

Is the Program right for me??

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Do you want to

Plot dramatic, emotional stories?

You’ve got great ideas, but when you try to put them on the page, the story just seems to falter.

If your plots sprawl out of control, or sink into a sagging middle…. If your fabulous characters have lost their fabulosity… If the romance has lost its spark or the thrills just don’t seem to thrill…

We can help.

Are you ready to

Get clarity?

Maybe you know about the basic building blocks of story: plot, character, tension, pace, backstory, world-building. You’ve read the books. You’ve taken the classes. You know…but fitting it all together has become an overwhelming task.

Where do you start? And how will you ever finish??

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Would you love to

Write faster?

When the plot breaks…when your characters lie flat on the page…when your climactic Act III won’t climax…when you feel like you’re extruding your story through plot holes, that’s going to slow you down, breaking the rhythm of a consistent release cycle.

Readers can’t buy your books if they’re not out there.

Is it time to

Light your creative fires?

Confusion & uncertainty can be death to craftspeople. It not only slows down your writing, but it saps your creative spirit. Knowing what to do, how to do it, and having the knowledge & tools you need to fit it all together will fire you up, so you can write the stories you were meant to tell.

write without fear. edit without mercy.

Kris did everything she said she would. She reframed old concepts so I finally understood. She gave me the tools I needed to do it myself, and she made me excited to write again. Feeling confident and motivated. 1000% satisfied!

Mia

Published Author

I’d definitely recommend RWL…. You’ll walk away with a greater understanding of creating a story that packs an emotional punch and has staying power in the readers’ minds. If you’re well and truly stuck, but not yet ready to throw in the towel, you can’t beat the insight that Kris provides.

Kata

Published Author

I was struggling plotting turning points but this course saved me…. These lessons take you by the hand through the story arc and explains the plot points…. I’m so glad I took this course. The instructor is excellent.

Lina

Writer

Next Program Begins Spring 2024

Build your story from the ground up

Whether you need to build out your story–or a series–from the ground up…

Overhaul an existing manuscript

…or you’re stuck on a loop, trudging through the weeds of a story that won’t cooperate…

Newbie writers

…whether you’re just starting out and know nothing about the craft of storytelling and writing…

Published authors

…or you’re an experienced, veteran author who’s slogging through the same-old same-old, or stuck, or feeling your creative spark waning with each passing day…

Romance Writing Lab’s Fiction Mastery Program will give you the tools, insights, strategies, and confidence to write your best story ever. Right now.

Fiction Mastery Program Components

A 12 week, group-based program. New sessions launch with a group of writers who will move through the materials together.

We have two Mastery Programs that run in cycles, with different learning content in each. Each cycle runs for 3 months. Joining one cycle does not sign you up for both; they’re separate programs.

Masterclasses in Fiction Writing

Get 3 in-depth, on-demand masterclasses that walk you through the whats, whys, and hows of crafting & writing powerful romance.  You’ll understand the essential components of dramatic fiction.

That’s a lot of content!

To avoid overwhelming you and keep everyone on the same track, it’s set up to release new courses at scheduled times. New content builds in conjunction with our live Office Hour discussions & weekly emails, & each set of lessons & each course gives a solid foundation for the next.

Check out the masterclasses included in Cycle One BELOW

Live Q&A Office Hours

Attend live group coaching & office hours 2-3 times a month. Favorite beverages, pets, & fuzzy socks encouraged!

Come get deeper dives into the lessons & the general craft of writing through Q&A and discussion. Ask questions, share thoughts with your fellow members, & get help breaking down your story problems.

You always get a couple bonus sessions too! Check out a sample schedule of the live Office Hours BELOW.

Private Discussion Forum & Community

We have a private discussion community for writers. It works like Facebook, only Facebook doesn’t know we exist.

Mastery Program members can chat about Story, work together to apply the masterclass lessons, & troubleshoot story issues with other dedicated romance writers in a supportive, no drama environment. Kris is incredibly active on the forum.

If you love talking Story, you’re going to love this.

Ebook Guides & Resources

We give you digital resources to help you apply the concepts & strategies. These include review guides and exercises to work on in your manuscript. We plan to drown you in knowledge.

Guidance & Cheerleading Emails

Throughout the program, you’ll get regular emails from Kris, with information, reminders, and encouragement, to keep you moving forward.

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Bonus Lessons

In every cycle of the Fiction Mastery Program, we give you additional video-based courses to supplement & deepen your knowledge of the concepts & strategies covered in the main courses. See the bonuses inside Cycle One BELOW

Other Bonus-y Bonuses

Fiction Mastery folk (isn’t that a great group to be part of??) get discounts on other masterclasses, paid webinars, and Story Coaching.

We also host occassional Mastery Members-Only Events, such as writing sprints & challenges. It’s a lot of fun!

Also…since friends shouldn’t let friends write alone, we offer discounts for referrals to the Fiction Mastery Program itself.  Sign up, bring a friend, and you both get 20% off the Program! Reach out to learn more.

Optional Add-On: 1:1 Onboarding Call with Kris

Set up a live 1:1 onboarding story coaching session to identify struggles & set goals for the Fiction Mastery Program. Includes a review of manuscript pages or outline notes.

This is an optional add-on, and is a discounted story coaching rate.

Read more about what’s in this BELOW.

 

An absolute firehose of knowledge. Kris doesn’t just give information, she puts it together in a way that makes everything crystal clear.  I know all the writing books and have been to dozens of classes, but this was far and away the most valuable writing course I’ve ever taken. 

Ellie

Published Author

Lots and lots of ah-ha moments.

Kris said she’d help with my characters and romance, but she helped with so much more. I didn’t realize how rotten the structure of my story was, but instead of wanting to give up, Kris’s feedback gave me new ideas and motivation.

Brenda

Published Author

Kris gave detailed, intensive feedback. She looks deeply into the story and pulls out threads you don’t even know where there, then shows you how to knit it together. Very satisfied. I can’t wait to need her again, but with what she offered, I may not. (Sorry Kris!)

Kate

Published Author

Stop banging your head against a creative wall. Join our Fiction Mastery Program & break the wall.

Writing is your passion.

 

It's time to make it
your priority.

Cycle One Masterclasses

Just The (Romance) Turning Points

Crafting & Delivering Must-Read Backstory

Keys to Crafting Romance Fiction

Just the (Romance) Turning Points

Don’t just “plot” your story. Turn it into a drama machine by mastering the heart of turning points.

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Get an intensive, extensive deep-dive into the keys to crafting turning points. Learn what needs to happen to turn plot into drama, and how to weave all your story threads together & push the story forward.

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Romance-centric! Other plotting systems don’t give you what you need to center a powerful, emotional romance. We do.

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Discover how to use our Just the Romance Turning Points method to structure & deliver your story by nailing the ‘Big Story’ turning points. Understand exactly how to craft compelling, dynamic turning points that will push your story forward. This incredibly simple, powerful method works whether you’re a plotter or a panster, no matter your subgenre(s)

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Ditch writers block. Know what to do, why you should do it, when to do it, & how to get it on the page of your manuscript..

We've got your plot covered!

Just the (Romance) Turning Points

Don’t just “plot” your story. Turn it into a drama machine by mastering the heart of turning points.

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Get an intensive, extensive deep-dive into the keys to crafting turning points. Learn what needs to happen to turn plot into drama, and how to weave all your story threads together & push the story forward.

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Romance-centric! Other plotting systems don’t give you what you need to center a powerful, emotional romance. We do.

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Discover how to use our Just the Romance Turning Points method to structure & deliver your story by nailing the ‘Big Story’ turning points. Understand exactly how to craft compelling, dynamic turning points that will push your story forward. This incredibly simple, powerful method works whether you’re a plotter or a panster, no matter your subgenre(s)

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Ditch writers block. Know what to do, why you should do it, when to do it, & how to get it on the page of your manuscript..

We've got your plot covered!

Crafting & Delivering Must-Read Backstory

Love it or hate it, backstory is one of most powerful dramatic tools storytellers have at their disposal. Done right, your readers can’t wait to read it. Done wrong, it can kill Story, wreck characters arcs, and flatline your Act III.

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Learn how backstory can power up plot, add fuel to your character arcs, drive romantic conflict (& connection), infuse your scenes with emotional tension, create dramatic turns that push the story forward, & hand you theme.

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Discover 5 essential keys to crafting this kind of must-read backstory.

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Learn how to balance backstory with the present day storyline

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Learn tricks of the trade to weave backstory into your protagonists’ actions to create dynamic turning points

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Discover the secret to making backstory increase dramatic tension for plot, character, and the romance.

We've got your characters covered!

Keys To Romance Fiction

You know romance, but do you really know it?

Romance is the biggest genre out there, selling tens of millions of books a year, and it has room for every type of subgenera or interest. But that doesn’t mean you can simply add a romantic interest and maybe some hot passion and call it good.

Romance is its own fiction ecosystem, with genre conventions and Story requirements readers are looking for, and you’ll need to nail them.

We’ll cover how to deliver the essential elements, moments, & romantic energy you need to make your readers swoon.

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Learn how to build powerful, organic, sustainable romance conflict

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Gain expert level understanding of how character arcs are intertwined with the romance…and how to make it hurt (in a good way!)

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Learn the most powerful strategies for building believable, swoonworthy romance connections, using everything from sex to respect

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Understand how to use stakes to fuel romance conflict…and connection

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Learn how to work with ‘special’ cases, such as where the romantic leads already know or like each other, or for working with a series

We've got your romance covered!

Keys To Romance Fiction

You know romance, but do you really know it?

Romance is the biggest genre out there, selling tens of millions of books a year, and it has room for every type of subgenera or interest. But that doesn’t mean you can simply add a romantic interest and maybe some hot passion and call it good.

Romance is its own fiction ecosystem, with genre conventions and Story requirements readers are looking for, and you’ll need to nail them.

We’ll cover how to deliver the essential elements, moments, & romantic energy you need to make your readers swoon.

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Learn how to build powerful, organic, sustainable romance conflict

N

Gain expert level understanding of how character arcs are intertwined with the romance…and how to make it hurt (in a good way!)

N

Learn the most powerful strategies for building believable, swoonworthy romance connections, using everything from sex to respect

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Understand how to use stakes to fuel romance conflict…and connection

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Learn how to work with ‘special’ cases, such as where the romantic leads already know or like each other, or for working with a series

We've got your romance covered!

√  On-Demand Video Lessons

√  Small Group Cohorts

√  Live group coaching & Q&A office hours

√  Downloadable Resources

√  Private Discussion Forum

√  Cheerleading & support emails

Sample Q&A Office Hours

5p-General schedule (without specific dates) of live Q&A Office Hours, showing meeting times as the 1st, 2nd, and 4th Tuesday of each month, exact times to be determined, but likely 5p Eastern

A note on time zones:

Office Hours happen 2-3 times a month, Tuesdays, late afternoon/evening in U.S. time zones. (If it helps, think of it as biweekly, every other week, with a bonus meeting every time we start a new masterclass).

Exact times TBD, but tentatively 5p Eastern time.

You can use: https://www.timeanddate.com/worldclock/converter.html to check what that would be in your time zone. Be sure to select the date to the one you want to check about!

Bear in mind: most portions of the States have Daylight Savings Time.

The actual meeting hour will always be the same, no matter whether anyone is in “standard” or “daylight savings” time, but always check to be sure. Time switches happen early Nov & mid-March.

Below is a sampling of a few time zone conversions, using 5p Eastern time. Exact times still TDB.  The following time conversions use April 1, 2024 as an example:

11a HST (Ex: Honolulu)

1p AKDT (Anchorage, Alaska)

2p Pacific (ex: Los Angeles, Seattle)

3p Mountain (ex: Denver, Salt Lake City)

4p Central (ex: Chicago)

6p Brasilia Time (ex: Rio de Janeiro)

I offer my apologies to everyone to come on this list. I love you very much, it’s just so hard to find a time that can cover lots of folks. I’m always open to changing things for future sessions)

10p British Summer Time/Irish Standard (ex: London; Dublin)

11p Central European Summer Tme (ex: Frankfurt; Warsaw; Paris; Amsterdam)

11p Central Africa/South Africa Time (ex: Johannesburg; Zimbabwe)

6a JST Japan Standard Time Wed mornings

8a AEDT Wed mornings (ex: Melbourne Australia) (Aussies, I don’t apologize to you. This seems like a rather nice time. A cup of coffee & story chat to start the day.)

Note: To all non-Navajo Arizonans & Hawaiians, you’re always in standard time. Lucky you. So be sure to check whenever Daylight Savings time switches (early Nov & mid-March) because that may bump you to a be consistent with a different time zone.

Isn’t this fun??

Next Program Begins Spring 2024

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Bonuses

Each Fiction Mastery Program comes with loads of bonuses for you. Check some of them out below. We sometimes add to these mid-stream as well!

Detailed review guides, exercise booklets, & books that explore different elements of craft topics.
Detailed review guides, exercise booklets, & books that explore different elements of craft topics.

ebooks

  • Review workbooks with exercises for each of the included Masterclasses
  • A Secret to Turning Points
  • Your Characters Are Always Fighting The Giant

Additional video content to supplement & expand the core Masterclasses
Additional video content to supplement & expand the core Masterclasses

Video Courses

  • What To Change When You're Changing Your Character
  • Triggers for Turning Points
  • The Magic of Midpoint

Get audio-only podcast versions of the lessons in the masterclasses. Listen on walks or workouts, in your car or the kitchen, or any other time audio is what you need!
Get audio-only podcast versions of the lessons in the masterclasses. Listen on walks or workouts, in your car or the kitchen, or any other time audio is what you need!

Podcast/Audio Versions

Get exclusive discounts on other offerings, including 1:1 Story Coaching, webinars, and masterclasses!
Get exclusive discounts on other offerings, including 1:1 Story Coaching, webinars, and masterclasses!

Discounts

Next Program Begins Spring 2024

Bonuses

Each Fiction Mastery Program comes with loads of bonuses for you. Check some of them out below. We sometimes add to these mid-stream as well!

Review guides & exercise booklets

Review guides to help you recall & apply the concepts from the Masterclasses, as well as additional ebooklets exploring related story craft topics.

  • Review workbooks with exercises for each of the included Masterclasses
  • A Secret to Turning Points
  • Discomfort Zones
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Additional video lessons to supplement & expand the core Masterclasses
  • What To Change When You’re Changing Your Character (mini-course)
  • Triggers for Turning Points (mini-course)
  • The Magic of Midpoint
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Get exclusive discounts on other offerings, including 1:1 Story Coaching, webinars, and masterclasses!

We also offer 20% discounts as part of our “Friends Don’t Let Friends Write Alone” program! mail to find out how.