Plotting Your Romance Novel – with Kiley Dunbar

Date: Tuesday 6 August
Time: 7.30- 9pm
Price: £25
First Tuesday Writers
Zoom / Online

Plotting Your Romance Novel – with Kiley Dunbar


In Kiley’s ‘Plotting your romance novel’ session, you will learn how to best utilise three act structure to heighten your romantic storytelling and get your readers invested. With illustrative reference to the movie Dirty Dancing, Kiley will outline key plot ‘beats’ typical of romance story structure and talk about how to achieve craveable, hooky romance narrative and character arcs. Participants will require their preferred note-taking device for the embedded ‘quick writing’ activities designed to get you thinking deeply about your own romance plot. Kiley promises an intensive, inspiration and information-packed session with plenty of writing craft tips and tricks that you can deploy in your own romance novels or any story with a romance strand.

About the tutor

Kiley Dunbar started writing fiction at forty after two kids and a brush with redundancy from her uni lecturer job. Including her debut, which appeared in 2019 she has written ten contemporary romance novels (all for Hera Books, an imprint of Canelo) and been nominated for Best Romantic Comedy Novel (2021) for One Winter’s Night. She’s best known for her Borrow a Bookshop series. Kiley is also a part-time Senior Lecturer at the Manchester Writing School, Manchester Metropolitan University, where she teaches on modules dedicated to writing relationships, romance and genre fictions. She also offers foundational edits and feedback services for authors, romance writing courses and recently launched a Patreon ‘write your romance novel’ series of webinars. 

About First Tuesday Writers

First Tuesday Writers is here to keep your writing fresh. Taking place on the first Tuesday of every month, each 90 minute session offers a deep dive into a writer’s creative world – designed to challenge and energise you, and lead you to new creative discoveries.

Every writer and every form of writing has something unique that we can learn and put to use in our own work. These workshops are all opportunities to learn from radically diverse writers – including poets, bloggers, crime writers and much more. Drop in for one or two events or sign up to them all: either way, you’ll leave buzzing, and ready to do your best and most innovative work.

Low cost places available

We believe the price of our courses should never be a barrier to your learning. If you are unable to pay for a place on this event, contact us to apply for a bursary place.