Creating Better Heroes: Male POV for the Romance Writer

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 with Sascha Illyvich

August 15 – August 28, 2011

Note: this is a two week class
Enrollment Information at
COST: $10 for OCC members, $15 for non-members
Enrollment deadline: August 13, 2011
If you have specific questions, email

About the Class:
In this workshop, learn the ins and outs of character creation from a side of romance we rarely hear from, the male romance reader/writer! Erotic Romance author Sascha Illyvich shares with us tips on how to create more memorable heroes, avoid some common pitfalls and have more fun with our writing!

What you’ll learn from this class
·         Male Archetypes and how they affect our characters
·         How (il)logical men think and why they act the way they do
·         How to take any male character from any movie/story and modify him to fit your story
·         How to get your man to express his true “self”
·         What men REALLY care about and how to work with that for your characters*
·         A man’s self view*
·         The GAY MALE Viewpoint*
·         The Male Cycle of Emotions and how it compares to the female cycle of emotions
·         A man’s journey in life
·         What men really think
A few extras
Using character creations sheets (don’t groan!) that have all the relevant information you’ll need, you’ll be able to craft male characters that are just as deep as your female characters.  Getting inside the heads of your male characters is the most important aspect of “how to write” them. 
Cross gender writing can make or break an author’s career if they cannot portray the opposite gender clearly and accurately.  With the growing popularity of M/M romances, it’s becoming increasingly important for males to be portrayed in the proper light!  We’ll cover all that here and a lot more over the next week.

 About the Instructor:

Sascha Illyvich started writing eleven years ago.  His erotic romances have been listed under the Night Owl Romance and Road to Romance’s Recommended Read list, as well as nominated for the CAPA.   

He is the host of the Unnamed Romance Show on Radio Dentata and continues to write for Renaissance E-books, and Total E-bound.  Readers can find his work, plus free reads at

He edits for Renaissance E-books Intoxication Erotic Romance line and is also part of the WriteSex Panel, a blog group defining erotica for writers in any genre! Find them at

Coming in September is Show and Tell: An Interactive Workshop with Shannon Donnelly  Both showing and telling are valuable tools for any writer–writers need both narrative passages as well as dramatic scenes, so each has its own place within any writer’s skill set. Learn when to show and when to tell. Enrollment information: 

Check out our full 2011 list of workshops: 

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