Dr. Sarah Frantz, Professor of Awesome, has forwarded me a very cool request: help her build her syllabus!
I will be teaching a course at NC State’s Continuing Eduction program called Encore! (exclamation point necessary, of course). I teach for six weeks for 1 1/2 hours a week. The students are mainly female, all at least over 50 years old, probably up to about 85. Last year I taught Austen and was apparently a huge hit. They’re begging me to teach again this year and I said I’d do it if I could do romance novels and they said, ‘Fine, please, anything,” so that didn’t work as a way out.
So, I need four or five romance novels that I can teach to older Southern women of a certain age. [SB Sarah says, “That would be: not really our age.”] I figure a Georgette Heyer, if I can find one in print that I like, and an SEP, probably It Had to Be You, as it’s my personal favorite. I’ll probably have a week with some RWA-NC members coming to visit (hopefully), including Virginia Kantra. Then what? I’ve got an older historical (Heyer) and a contemporary romantic comedy (SEP). Maybe a suspense (Kantra?)? An erotica (bwahahahahaha—yeah, I don’t think so)? An asshole hero? An inspirational? Any suggestions?
Just thought the bitchery might be able to help me with my syllabus.
So! We need romance recommendations for a continuing education syllabus geared for women of a certain age. Bring it!