Women’s literature is a broad genre, but it's also one of the most popular and bestselling forms of fiction today. In this workshop, we will discuss the definition of women’s fiction and the many subgenres that fall under its umbrella. We will talk about what makes a women’s fiction novel work, using examples from well-known authors. Because this genre is very much character-driven, we will focus on building a rich, engaging, three-dimensional female protagonist. We will talk about where our protagonist’s story begins, the inciting incident, and how it propels our heroine onto her journey. We will discuss her emotional journey, how conflict drives her and the story forward, and how the main character’s transformational arc parallels the rising actions, climax and resolution of the plot.