Interesting email received today from Mills and Boon; they've announced that in January 2015 they will be holding their first Romance Writing Masterclass, at Paradise Heights in Richmond.
It's an " intense one day workshop" being held on Saturday, January 24th 2015.
Places are limited, but tickets go on sale next week- no idea of cost.
You're asked to email Author Lab, details on this page.
It looks like a long, hard working day.
Described as, "designed to take you from zero to sixty in your romance writing skills." Those attending will leave with "a clear understanding of the romantic fiction market and an idea of the next steps to take in the writing process."
(This doesn't sound like it's aimed at those who have been developing their romance writing skills for some time already...)
There will be a Mills and Boon guest author- presumably they will be revealed when the details are sent out.
The course will be run by Harlequin's senior editorial team, as well as the guest author.
And to finish it off there will be a drinks reception at the end of the day, and the "chance to sign up for our mentoring program."
This could be a costly day when you put travelling onto the potential ticket cost, and depending on how far you have to travel from, overnight accommodation might need to be added into the total.
There could be some cost to the mentoring program - if you look at how other mainstream publishers have been moving into the mentoring sector in the past year or two.
Perhaps M&B are looking to expand further into the romance market, and they see this as a way of nurturing what they want next; or maybe it's the start of a big future change...