Ankara Press Announces Romance Writers Workshop

If you have a romance novel sitting in your drawer or if you’ve always dreamed of crafting thrilling love stories like your favourite Mills and Boon novels with African characters, then Ankara Press is bringing you an exciting opportunity. We will be hosting a one-day workshop on Saturday, May 27th 2011 at The French Cultural Centre, Abuja, to introduce aspiring romance writers to the techniques of writing engaging and original romance novels.

Keep your manuscript from the rejection pile by learning what today’s editors are looking for. A new generation of romance is emerging – driven by the growing economic power of its readers. Modern romance novels now feature independent female characters who are assertive and ambitious and male characters who are strong, honest and not afraid to emote. Writers must be able to identify and recreate such characters if they want to be published by Ankara Press.

Learn how to avoid the traps of “traditional romance,” as well as how to spot clichéd dialogue, overused plotlines and stereotypical characters. If you dream of being a romance writer, this workshop is for you.

Further Details
Workshop: Writing Modern Romance
Time: 12noon to 2pm

Venue: French Cultural Centre at 52 Libreville Street, off Aminu Kanu Crescent, Wuse II, Abuja. Selection will be by competition.

To apply, email: Attach a one-page sample of your best romantic fiction (no more than 1,500 words, double-spaced, 12 point font) as a word document. Please include your name (no aliases or pen names), the title of the story, your phone number and email address. Please include “Workshop” in the subject of your email.

Contents of the course:
 Avoiding Clichés: How to develop original story ideas
 Polishing the gem: Common writing mistakes
 Holding out for a Hero: Bringing your characters to life
 Say it again, Sam: How to create and develop memorable dialogue
 Tying it all together: An introduction to structure

About Us:
Ankara Press is a fresh new voice publishing romantic fiction for the African market. The press is devoted to publishing easy-to-read, books with African settings, storylines and characters. We want give readers a trusted companion in our titles; above all, we want African men and women to see the best version of themselves in print.

For more information, contact: Chinelo Onwualu at


  • Superb blog! Do you have any helpful hints for aspiring writers? I’m planning to start my own blog soon but I’m a little lost on everything. Would you suggest starting with a free platform like Wordpress or go for a paid option? There are so many options out there that I’m totally confused .. Any ideas? Kudos!
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  • Dear Publisher,
    Kindly let me know if I could submit my romance manuscript, “The Enchantress of Triple A,” for your consideration toward publication.

    Your early reply would very much be appreciated, please.

    With kind regards,

    (writer & former research fellow, Harvard Univ.)

    Posted by Yemi D. Prince on May 17, 2011
  • Just send an email to

    Posted by chinelo on May 17, 2011

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