Writing Craft

Amp Up the Emotion--Nov. 10 Writers' Workshop by Laura Navarre

Want to power up your manuscript with a visceral punch? One of the most effective techniques for grabbing a reader's interest is to pump up your characters' emotions. Learn how at my Nov. 10 workshop for Eastside Romance Writers of America at Angelo's Italian Restaurant in Bellevue, WA.

The Perfectly Imperfect Heroine in Medieval Romance

The conventional wisdom among authors is that you shouldn’t read your own book reviews.  Or else, you should only read the good ones.  The reason for this is because, with the internal critic from y

Sympathy for the Devil is Back

Good news!  By popular demand, I'm bringing back my writing workshop on "Sympathy for the Devil:  Dark Heroes in Popular Fiction," which illustrates dark hero archetypes using clips from blockbuster films.  I'm presenting to the Peninsula Chapter of Romance Writers of America on Sept. 15 at the Kitsap Library in Washington.  Maybe some other places too!

Emerald City Writers Conference

Just returned from the Greater Seattle RWA's Emerald City Writers Conference. I was on the organizing committee this year as the goodie bag co-chair and have never had so much fun! We stuffed those bags full of books. :) Also did a book-signing and moderated a workshop on the biochemistry of falling in love. Fascinating!

Romantic Elements and Transcending Genre in THE QUEEN'S FOOL by Philippa Gregory

I wrote the essay below for the Stonecoast MFA program in Writing Popular Fiction at the University of Southern Maine. Please feel free to cite my work with attribution if you like for your own academic or other research.

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