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April Workshop at Passionate Ink: Writing the Lesbian Hero

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***Permission to forward granted and encouraged.***

Writing the Lesbian Hero:

Is she any different from a conventional romance hero?

By Radclyffe

April 20-May 1, 2012

WORKSHOP DESCRIPTION: Whether you're a plotter or a panster, writing a ménage or an erotic paranormal or a “traditional” romance with an exceptional heat index, you know what every romance writer knows--the characters and their central conflict are what hook the readers. Not that many years ago, the hero and heroine had very recognizable attributes and roles. The hero was a man, the heroine was a woman, and each had fairly predictable emotional, physical, and social characteristics. But what happens if you're writing a same-sex romance or a ménage with 2 women and a guy and your hero is a lesbian? Do the classic hero/heroine archetypes translate to the lesbian hero or is she a separate archetype? Do the traditional hero/heroine conflict dynamics work the same in f/f romances? What about sex—are there differences in courtships rituals, seduction scenes, and graphic language in f/f love scenes? This workshop takes as a starting point the premise that hero and heroine are gender-neutral terms--that a hero can be and often is female—and looks specifically at the attributes of the lesbian hero. Participants are encouraged but not required to present character profiles of works in progress and excerpts from sex scenes for discussion.

Topics covered by this online class will include:


1) The role of the hero in romance fiction

2) Traits of the alpha and beta hero

3) “Hero types”

4) Traditional hero-heroine matches: enhancing conflict

5) Compare and contrast male and female alpha heroes

Writing the lesbian hero

6) Defining the lesbian hero: physical, emotional, and sexual characteristics

7) Butch-femme archetypes: what are they? Archaic or relevant?

8) Avoiding stereotypes, internalized homophobia, and character convergence

9) Writing lesbian sex: dynamics and language

10) Writing female centric ménage-et-trois

ABOUT THE PRESENTER: Len Barot is the founder and president of Bold Strokes Books, an independent LGBTQ publisher. Under the pseudonym Radclyffe, she has published over thirty-five romance and romantic intrigue novels as well as dozens of short stories, has edited numerous romance and erotica anthologies, and, writing as L.L. Raand, has authored a paranormal romance series, The Midnight Hunters. She is an eight-time Lambda Literary Award finalist in romance, mystery, and erotica—winning in both romance (Distant Shores, Silent Thunder) and erotica (Erotic Interludes 2: Stolen Moments edited with Stacia Seaman, and In Deep Waters 2: Cruising the Strip written with Karin Kallmaker) and a 2010 RWA FF&P Prism award winner for Secrets in the Stone. Two of her titles, Trauma Alert and The Midnight Hunt were 2011 finalists for the RWA Gayle Wilson AoE, Foreword Book of the Year, RWA Colorado Romance Writers AoE and the RWA Passionate Plume, WisRWA, Foreword Book of the Year, and EPIC awards respectively. She is a member of the Saints and Sinners Literary Hall of Fame and an Alice B. Readers’ award recipient for her body of work. Learn more about her at www.radfic.com and www.boldstrokesbooks.com


$15 for Members

$20 for Non-Members

To pay via PayPal, please send payment to workshops@passionateink.org and make the subject line WORKSHOP: WRITING THE LESBIAN HERO. Please be sure the information field includes the name and email address you will be using for the workshop.

To pay via check, please include WORKSHOP: WRITING THE LESBIAN HERO in the memo area. Also, please include a note containing the name and email address you will be using for the workshop.

Mail checks to:

Robin L Rotham, Treasurer

P.O. Box 2412

Norfolk, NE 68702

***Permission to forward granted and encouraged.***

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