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Thursday, December 14, 2017

Writing YA/NA Historical Romance

You may recall that Romancing the Genres celebrated New Adult novels in August and September, and I explained then how my books could be considered both Young Adult and New Adult. (See my post at

I’ve learned a lot about writing YA/NA historical romance over the years, including these points:

  • A writer can’t just take a modern young woman and throw her into past centuries.

  • The historical information must be woven into the story without slowing down the plot.

  • The romance has to be organic and appropriate for the characters involved.

For more tips and tricks, you can sign up for “Writing YA/NA Historical Romance,” an online workshop I’m leading through Hearts Through History Romance Writers on January 3-31, 2018. Here’s the course description:

Can you just throw Bella or Katniss into the nineteenth century to create a historical romance? This four-week workshop will provide the skills an author needs to write a historical romance with young characters. In this course, we will practice writing romance grounded in historical fact. We will consider setting, character, and plot points, and ensure the language is appropriate for the story. Part of our discussion will include how young women had more limitations in the past, sexuality has changed over the years, and that adolescence was seen differently way back when. We will also discuss researching and weaving in historical information. While Lynn will provide lectures and short homework assignments, participants will be encouraged to add to the conversation with their own ideas and knowledge.

Lynn Lovegreen has lived in Alaska for almost fifty years. She taught for twenty years before retiring to make more time for writing. She enjoys her friends and family, reading, and volunteering at her local library. Her young adult/new adult historical romances are set in Alaska, a great place for drama, romance, and independent characters. See her website at You can also find her on Facebook, Goodreads, and Pinterest.


Sarah Raplee said...

This sounds like a great course, Lynn! I'm saving my pennies!

Lynn Lovegreen said...

Thank you, Sarah! :-)

Maggie Lynch said...

It does sound like a great course. All the reasons you gave for the need of the course is exactly why I don't write historical anything. :) I do enough research for my contemporary stuff. I can't even begin to contemplate how much I would need to do for a historical romance.

However, the authors I know who write historical romance love history and the research is at least as fun as writing the book. I'm guessing you'll have a lot of takers.

Lynn Lovegreen said...

Thanks, Maggie. I enjoy the research, too. I used to say I'd never write a mystery because it would take too much planning, but since I do a lot with historical romances I've stopped saying never. ;-)

Judith Ashley said...

WTG Lynn! Nothing like taking something you already love and expanding it. I know everyone who takes your course will learn a lot and be a better storyteller on the other end.

Lynn Lovegreen said...

Thanks, Judith! :-)