RWA Keynote address – Kate Cuthbert: Consenting adults

The romance novel and representations of sexuality after #MeToo Kate Cuthbert, at the time still managing editor for Escape Publishing (and now at Writers Victoria) presented this on the first morning of the conference. I had a severe migraine and unfortunately missed it. I say unfortunate because it was by all accounts a showstopper, and […]

Ross Grayson Bell – Writing for a Screenplay versus a Novel (pt 3)

The Hero’s Journey One way of telling a story. Stage 1 – The Ordinary World  Stage 2 – Call to adventure  What is the call to adventure?  What new force appears to challenge hero?  How is hero’s flaw tested?  Stage 3 – Refusal of the call  Heroes initially reject the call to adventure  Stage 4 […]

Ross Grayson Bell – Writing for a Screenplay versus a Novel (pt 2)

7 ways to engage an audience 1. Premise  Your point of view and how to live it.  Eg romance writers have a perspective on love  Eg in Fight Club, the only way to evolve was to break yourself apart to move on. Not the same as the book, where he ends up in an asylum […]

Friday workshop: Ross Grayson Bell – Writing for a Screenplay versus a Novel (pt 1)

Ross Grayson Bell is a screenwriter, producer and story consultant with over twenty-five years of international experience in story development and film production. Having started as a creative executive for legendary, Hollywood producer Ray Stark, Ross developed and produced Fight Club for Twentieth Century Fox and executive produced Under Suspicion with Gene Hackman and Morgan […]

“Basically Quite Weird”: The Queer Medievalist Virtual Romance of Alexis Hall’s Looking for Group

Kristin Noone (Irvine Valley College) Session 12.4: Love in Other Worlds Abstract: In a recent blog post, award-winning romance author Alexis Hall comments that “something we’re grappling with as twenty-first century people is the way our assumptions about relationships are changing and that’s something I tried to explore in the new book, both explicitly and […]

“Outlander’s Tactile Caress: a Multisensory Romance”

Athena Bellas (University of Melbourne) Session 12.3: Love in Other Worlds Abstract: Much of the existing literature on television series Outlander (STARZ 2014– ) emphasises its prioritisation of a female gaze at the scene of erotic pleasure. This is important to a discussion of shifting representations of gender and sex on the contemporary screen. However, […]

Representations of Otherness in Paranormal Romance: Nalini Singh and J.R. Ward

María T. Ramos-García (South Dakota State University) Session 12.2: Love in Other Worlds Abstract: There is currently a very heated debate in progress regarding diversity in the romance novel in the USA, both in terms of the characters represented and the authors published and promoted. In this context, the paranormal subgenre is an especially rich […]

Love in Outer Space: Science fiction romance — the ideal place to explore gender and love

Donna Hanson, University of Canberra Session 12.1: Love in Other Worlds Abstract: Science fiction romance disregards localities in time and space and extends ‘romancelandia’ beyond present human frontiers and cultural norms. Heroines can be spaceship captains, scientists, and explorers and more than a man’s equal. They can have relationships with fellow officers, space barbarians, aliens […]

Love is (Color) Blind: Race, Belonging, and Nation in 21st Century Historical Romance Fiction

Mallory Jagodzinski (Indiana University South Bend) Session 11.2: Subversions of Race, Culture and History Abstract: This paper incorporates the space and place theme of IASPR 2018 by examining how three American authors — Theresa Romain, Meredith Duran, and Courtney Milan — utilize the British/Indian colonial relationship in their historically set romances (Secrets of a Scandalous […]

‘You stayed’: Love, law and the reservation in Jenna Kernan’s Apache Protectors series

Johanna Hoorenman (Utrecht University) Session 11.3: Subversions of Race, Culture and History Abstract: Native American themed romance has long been one of the most popular subgenres of popular romance. For a number of years, the Romantic Times had specific Reviewer’s Choice Awards for “Best Indian Romance,” “Best Historical Indian Romance,” and “Best Indian Romance by […]