Steamy advice offered for romance writers in workshop

NANAIMO: Romance writers share steamy secrets during fall workshop.

Writers looking for steamy advice for writing romance novels can get a few pointers during a day-long workshop Saturday (Sept. 15).

It’s hosted by the Vancouver Island Romance Writers of America and features Harlequin editor Susan Litman. People have an opportunity to pitch their work to the editor via Skype.

Space is limited and people must indicate if they wish to talk to Litman when registering.

She’ll accept pitches of work for all Harlequin lines, including inspirational, young adult, sweet and spicy romance, fantasy, erotic literature and more.

The event also features Nanoose author E.C. Sheedy who writes dark and suspenseful romance fiction.

She leads the afternoon session on how to achieve suspense in your work.

Sheedy will discuss her own work and pick examples of participant’s work, which will be chosen in advance, to discuss.

The morning workshop features Vancouver writer Eileen Cook, who writes young adult romance.

She’ll discuss the four levels of revision, which includes story level, structure, character and conflict and polish.

The workshop is from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Beban Park social centre, located on Bowen Road.

Registration is $40, and people can register that day from 9-9:30 a.m. or pre-register by e-mailing

For more information on the fall workshop, or the writers’ group, please go to