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Novelist to hold writing workshop
A best-selling author is hosting a workshop in Keighley for budding romantic novelists.
Sarah Mallory, who has written eight books for renowned romance publisher Mills & Boon, is leading a session at Keighley Library next Saturday, September 8.
The workshop is one of a series being staged nationally as part of a contest, So You Think You Can Write, in which the winner receives a publishing contract with Mills & Boon and Harlequin.
Sarah will offer an insight into the craft of romance writing, from building passionate storylines to creating sexy heroes.
Earlier this year she won the coveted RONA Rose Award from the Romantic Novelists’ Association, for her book The Dangerous Lord Darrington.
Attendance at the 2pm workshop is free, but places must be booked in advance by phoning 01535 618212.
The So You Think You Can Write competition is being supported by a free online conference from September 17 to 21, during which would-be writers will be able to communicate with editors worldwide through social media tools.
Participants will be helped to prepare manuscripts for submission to the contest.
They will initially be required to submit a 100-word pitch and first chapter.
An online public vote will then narrow the field down to 25 and they will be asked to submit a finished manuscript.
Mills & Boon and Harlequin editors will select three finalists and another online vote will decide the eventual winner.
The competition deadline is October 26.
A spokesman said: “Mills & Boon and Harlequin’s editors believe that by engaging aspiring writers, showcasing the tremendous appeal of the romance genre and offering expert insights into crafting the perfect story, they can help promising novelists hone their skills and achieve their dreams of reaching a global audience.”
For further information, visit soyouthinkyoucanwrite.com.
Mills & Boon has 200 authors in the UK alone, publishing a wide variety of romantic fiction each month. A Mills & Boon book is bought every four seconds.