MAKE IT LAST: How to add Sexual Tension to Your Manuscript No Matter What Romance Genre You Write

RWA ® Online Chapter 136 presents…


MAKE IT LAST: How to add Sexual Tension to Your Manuscript No Matter What Romance Genre You Write


Class in session: September 10th through September 21st, 2012


Instructor: Linda Conrad


Description:  What would you do if an editor asked you to “add sexual tension” to your manuscript?  Well that’s what happened to multi-published author Linda Conrad as she was about to sell her first book to Silhouette Desire.  Follow along with Linda as she takes her journey of discovery and learn the tricks and techniques you can apply to your own writing.

Seasoned pro or beginner, inspirational or erotica writer – it doesn’t make any difference.  Every author who includes two main characters in conflict can benefit from adding sexual tension to their manuscripts. This intense workshop will include six lessons, homework and online personal participation.  Learn simple secrets the best-sellers know for making your work stand out with editors and agents.


Outline of workshop:


 First off, Sexual Tension has absolutely nothing to do with the act of having sex.  Huh?


          Well, let’s look at the definitions.


          SEXUAL = not the act of having sex, but thinking about having sex


          TENSION = mental or emotional strain:  suspense, anxiety, excitement


So, we can say that Sexual Tension is “thinking about” or “wishing for” sex but being conflicted about actually doing it. 


Interesting, no?  What that means is that a character can be conflicted about either having sex or not having sex for any number of reasons.  But you can see that same conflict (or tension) fitting into all romance genres from erotica to inspirational. 


Follow along with author Linda Conrad as she retakes her own journey of discovery on how to write Sexual Tension.  In this class you will learn how any good romance writer will go show sexual tension in her manuscripts.


          The following is a listing of the lessons we’ll cover:


          Lesson One:  Character and Internal Conflict


          Lesson Two:  Character Actions and Reactions and Deep POV


          Lesson Three: The Senses and Dialogue


          Lesson Four:  Body Language and Women’s Fantasies


          Lesson Five:  Putting it all Together and the Trick


          Lesson Six:  What “NOT” to write


That is a lot to cover in two weeks.  So plan on working hard.  There will be homework and class work, but it will be worth the time.


About the instructor


Bestselling author, Linda Conrad, has written thirty-two contemporary novels for Harlequin-Silhouette Books. To date, her books have been translated into more than sixteen languages and sold in over twenty-two countries.


Linda’s sensual characters and passionate stories have brought her numerous awards and superlative reviews. Linda is happy to be able to give back to the writing community that made the difference for her. Over the years her workshops and articles have helped many writers learn new skills and techniques.


Linda’s books have appeared on the both the Walden Books Series Bestseller lists and on the BookScan Top One Hundred.  Her books have been honored as the winner of the Reader’s Choice Award, Write Touch Readers Award, Holt Medallion Award of Merit, Romantic Times Reviewers Choice Award,  and the Maggie Award for Short Contemporary Romance.  


A Florida native, Linda, her husband moved around, finding homes in Texas and California before returning to South Florida.  Now Linda, her husband and dog, KiKi, live by the sea where Linda enjoys boating, shopping and telling the stories in her heart.


To learn more about Linda and her books visit her website:


Registration Period: August 27th – September 9, 2012

Registration Deadline: September 9, 2012

Note: We may be able to accept late registrations up to September 12, 2012. Email us at for questions. Workshops are archived for approximately two weeks after the course ends.


Fee: $15


RWA Online Chapter Members ONLY receive free workshops.  No registration required for chapter members. The cost to join effective September 1, 2012 through December 31, 2012 is $15. You must be a RWA member to join our chapter.


 Payment method: PAYPAL is recommended! Checks and money orders also accepted, but register early and mail your payment promptly. No person will be allowed in unless payment is received.


 Format: Courses are conducted via online discussion (bulletin) board on the RWA® Online website (no email loops).  Non-chapter members MUST complete both the workshop registration AND the discussion board login registration for access.


Thank you,


RWA® Online Chapter Workshop Chair

Denise Alicea
the authorDenise Alicea
This blog was created by Denise in September 2008 to blog about writing, book reviews, and technology. Slowly, but surely this blog expanded to what it has become now, a central for book reviews of all kinds interviews, contests, and of course promotional venue for authors, etc

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