The Best Writing Retreat Ever. You're Invited!

I'm so excited to tell you all that I'll be teaching a three-week Romance workshop as part of MediaBistro's 2012 Literary Festival...and I am so, totally, jazzed about it! First things first: If you don't live in NYC, keep reading! This whole thing is online...and we've picked a timeslot that should work for people in many timezones!

Second things (which probably should be first because OMG) second: You guys. This Literary Festival is going to be AMAZING. Essentially, Media Bistro (a NYC based media and writing organization) has arranged the most incredible Writing Retreat ever, and you can be a part of it...hearing from people like Susan Orlean and others, learning about the agent/editorial process from the pros, getting advice on how to handle the psychological bits of writing, and...yes...taking a workshop with a published author (like me!).

The program (which is still in development) looks AWESOME. The sessions and programs will run from July 16 - August 2, and for $425, you get access to all the presentations/keynote sessions and participation in one three-week writing workshop (taught by a published author & including 1-on-1 feedback from that author). Check out the full schedule here...

Here's the part where I give you the hard sell for my class! After some discussion with the fabulous folks at MediaBistro, we decided that, in three weeks, we couldn't cover everything...but we could cover the moment I think is the single most important one in any romance novel--the moment when we, as readers, see the hero and heroine together for the first time:


The first pages of a romance novel are crucial for creating a spark between the hero and heroine...and keeping readers invested in the story. Join romance author Sarah MacLean in this workshop focused on developing the perfect first meeting, setting up the powerful moments of genuine connection that come from it, and setting the tone for your entire novel.

You'll learn how to use dialogue to create sparkling characters, how to build emotional and sexual tension quickly and effectively, and tips and tricks to ensure that your story promises a satisfying, sigh-inducing romance, all in the first few pages of your book.

By the end of this workshop, you'll have up to 10 revised pages of the most important moment in your romance novel--when your hero and heroine first interact, and readers start rooting for their happily ever after.

Live chat sessions online: Tuesdays, July 24 & 31, 9-10 pm ET

I hope you'll consider joining me for the workshop--but either way, if you're writing, or thinking about writing, I think this online festival is a huge opportunity for you to hone your craft. I, for one, cannot wait for some of these sessions!