Masterclasses & Programs
Forget vague writing tips…
…that often don’t explain the why’s or hows.
Ditch the generic rules that sound good in theory, but fall apart when you try to apply them in your own story.
“Make your characters ‘sympathetic.'” Why? And how??
“Start with action.” What does that mean, exactly? What if my story isn’t action-filled?
“Have a clear plot with a well-defined arc. Make sure your plot is interesting and engaging, with plenty of twists and turns.” Yep…I’ll get right on that…as soon as I figure out what you mean.
“‘Ensure your character’s goals drive the story.” What does that mean, and how do I do it?
At Romance Writing Lab, we don’t do vague or generic. Our online fiction writing courses offer powerful, intensive deep-dives to help you become a master of the craft of storytelling.
We don’t just give you guidance on what to do, we explain why. (That way, once you master the skills, you can throw away the rule book.)
Then we show you how to do it.
Whether you’re a newbie writer, just starting out & looking to learn the basics of how to write romance…or if you’re a veteran published author who’s ready to power up your storytelling…we’ve got your back.
Our goal is to build your competence & confidence as a storyteller, and your enthusiasm & excitement as a creator.
We’re here to teach and inspire. Check out our offerings below.
Romance Writing Lab’s discussion forum & community, Story Lab, is available as an add-on for students of our Masterclasses, & is included in membership for our Mastery Program students.
It’s a private, craft-focused forum where members post questions, share struggles & breakthroughs, and brainstorm ideas. Members can dial into any aspect of the craft of storytelling & writing: plot; character; romance; antagonistic forces; tension; turning points; story arcs; world building; pace; dialogue; setting; prose; getting ideas; losing ideas; brainstorming ideas; writer’s life; loving being a writer; hating being a writer; and any sort of general stuck-ness or achievement!
Story Lab is a great way to build your craft and build a supportive community of like-minded, craft-focused storytellers.
Writers in all genres are welcome!
If you’re interested in this kind of community, we’d love to have you. To ensure the group remains professional & craft-focused, it is available exclusively to students of Romance Writing Lab.
Two Things Every Scene Needs
Great plot, boring story? It’s a common struggle. But how do you create stories that engage readers on every page, in every scene?
Crafting Must-Read Backstory
Backstory doesn’t live in the past. It’s one of the most powerful tools the storyteller has, and it can drive your story forward on every page. Learn how in this Masterclass intensive.
Building Remarkable Characters
Forget about making your characters ‘sympathetic.’ Learn powerful techniques to make them remarkable, unique, & unforgettable.
Essential Keys To Romance Fiction
Romance is the biggest genre in fiction, but you can’t simply add a romantic interest or some hot sex & call it good. You have to honor the genre, and deliver what readers want.
Just The (Romance) Turning Points
Turning points are what determines if a story boring or not. But what are turning points, really? And how do you use them to structure and craft a powerful, character-driven story?
Goals, Motivation, Conflict, & Action
The building blocks of great fiction seem simple, but they can be hard to do right. How do tou braid them together to get a powerful story from Page One through to The End?
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.
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.
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!)
These courses offer accelerated, comprehensive deep-dives into the key elements of storytelling. Some are targeted for the romance genre, but most are designed to help storytellers in every genre.
Learn How To Write Romance…And How To Write Better Romance
You’ll learn the “whys” behind the craft ‘rules’ & concepts you’ve heard a thousand times…and you’ll discover a few rules you can–and probably should–throw away entirely.
We reframe well-worn concepts to make them fresh and crystal clear. You’ll get powerful insights into the heart of dramatic storytelling, the “what” and the “why.”
You won’t believe the impact this can have on your motivation, enthusiasm, & creativity.
But we don’t stop there. It’s not enough to understand what to do, or even why you should do it. You need to know how to do it.
That’s why we provide loads of practical, powerful, concrete writing tips and techniques, strategies you can use in the scene you’re working on today.
Pace. Conflict. Tension. Backstory. Turning Points. Dialogue. Narration. Theme. Character Arcs. Romance Arcs. Plot Arcs. Oh, and twining all those elements together, so they build off one another & drive the story forward on every page.
Yeah, we’ll show you how.
All Masterclass Intensives include:
- On-demand video courses. Watch anytime, from any device
- Closed-captioning available
- Transcripts available
- Downloadable resources
- We ocassionally offer special events, such as webinars or discounts. Some of these are exclusive to Masterclass students.
Come away with a deep, thorough understanding of how to craft powerful, compelling fiction. Discover what your story needs & how to get it on the page.
Write romance that’s powerful, inspired, and inspiring.
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!
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.
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.
Fiction Writing Mastery Program
How To Write Romance…From The Inside Out
If you’re tired of of struggling to figure out what’s wrong, let alone how to fix it…
If you’re ready to master your storytelling & take it to the next level…
This is the program for you!
On-Demand Video Courses
Small Group Cohort
Live Group Coaching & Office Hours
Private Discussion Forum
Do you love webinars?
If you love online seminars & workshops, you’ll love Romance Writing Lab’s webinars! We run them intermittently, on a variety of writing- and story-craft topics.
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I came for help with one story, but what I learned will help with every story I’ll ever write.
The writing tools provided in this class were so on point and informative! The lectures and homework allowed me new insight into my work in progress and generated ideas I eagerly incorporated into my work. It was a unique and invigorating writing experience. I very much look forward to taking another of her courses.
Kris is very kind and diplomatic in how she tells you how very much your story sucks. Then she shows you how to fix it. 13/10 would use again.
Get 1:1 Story Coaching
Want individualized mentoring & editing for your story?
If you’re ready to power up your story with intensive, one-on-one brainstorming, plotting, and story building, try Story Coaching with Kris!
Story coaching is a bit like developmental editing on steriods, with live calls & email support, all tailored to your writing style, voice, skills, needs, and goals.
Go one month at a time, or select a 6 month package & get 25% off!