About the Instructor
Leigh Barbour is a published romance novelist. Her works include Zebulon,
Raquel's Abel, and Dreams of Chimborazo.
"If you read my books, you'll read about ghosts. I just love them!" Leigh
confides. Her latest romance novel, Jade Seas, is about a swashbuckling Spanish
privateer named Alejandro Valdivia de la Torre Jones who meets the woman of his
dreams in a graveyard and insists he isn't dead even though his tombstone says
Leigh earned a Masters in English Linguistics at George Mason University and
a Bachelors in Geography from Radford University. Being fluent in Spanish, she
won the prestigious Fulbright Fellows Award as an English Teaching Fellow. In
1994, she spent one year instructing teachers in Arequipa, Peru.
Completing a novel and seeing it published is one of the great joys in life,
Leigh says, adding that she enjoys teaching and working with students of all
ages. "I love teaching people skills they can use to better their lives."
After traveling extensively in Latin America, Leigh settled with her husband
in Durham, North Carolina, where she spends her days reading, writing, teaching,
and tending her Japanese garden and Bassett hounds.
Unit 1: Overview of Romance Writing
Unit 2: Characterization, Motivation and Conflict
Unit 3: Plots and Plotting, Creating Settings
Unit 4: Description and Narrative
Unit 5: Dialogue
Unit 6: Writer's Voice, Viewpoint, Emotional Intensity
Unit 7: Sensuality and Romantic Atmosphere
Unit 8: Pacing, Manuscript Revision
Unit 9: Marketing your Novel, Submitting a Manuscript to a Publisher
Students should have a basic grasp of grammar and the ability to write
interesting and well-constructed prose. Prior completion of an introductory
writing course is suggested but not required.
How to Participate in this Course
Enroll and start learning today! All course materials will be available when you start the
class, so you don't have to wait for weekly lessons and you can truly learn at your own pace.
You don't have to be online at any set time; study at your leisure from the comfort or your home
The course curriculum will include tutorial lessons, suggested readings, and optional
homework activities. If you are taking the class for enjoyment or self-enrichment, homework is
optional but participation is encouraged. Students who approach online learning as an adventure
and actively participate will derive the most benefit and enjoyment from online learning.
Homework projects, if completed satisfactorily, will earn Extra Credit points which will be
added to your Final Exam score and may increase the overall grade you earn in the course.
Handbook provides useful information on how to make the most of your online learning
experience at KSURF's Virtual University. Refer to this guide for helpful tips on how to access
classrooms, post homework, and answers to most frequently asked questions.