Romance Community

How do popular romance stories bring readers, writers, academics, artists, editors, and agents together? With the rise of the Internet, romance novels have spurred the creation of vibrant global communities.

RWA’s impact

Film still, Kim Castillo, Joseph Friedman, Popular Romance Project

What makes the Romance Writers of America (RWA) unique?

Writing with knives

Film still, Knife Demonstration, Joseph Friedman, Popular Romance Project

How do you write a convincing scene with knives?

An MFA in romance?

Film still, Nicole Peeler, Joseph Friedman, Popular Romance Project

Seton Hill University’s MFA in writing popular fiction includes romance novels. Nicole Peeler talks about teaching for the program.

Lady Jane’s Salon

Film still, Leanna Renee Hieber Reading at Lady Jane's Salon, Joseph Friedman, Popular Romance Project

At Lady Jane’s Salon, NYC romance novel fans get together to listen to author readings

Critique partners

Film still, Elizabeth Essex and Joanne Lockyer, Joseph Friedman, Popular Romance Project

Joanne Lockyer and Elisabeth Essex are critique partners. How does this relationship work?

Romance as unifier

Film still, Sarah Wendell interview, Popular Romance Project

Romance novels bring diverse readers together, says Sarah Wendell of romance community website Smart Bitches, Trashy Books.

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