Happy Endings: Experiments in Romance Writing


601Artspace, 88 Eldridge Street, NYC

Sunday, July 14th, 2-5 pm



In this intimate workshop, artist/writer Patty Gone (author of Love Life) and writer/yoga instructor Claire Donato (author of Burial) guided participants through the fiction of love, drawing inspiration from its oracle, Danielle Steel, the best-selling American novelist of all time, as well as romance’s infinite cultural tendrils. Participants read, wrote, and engaged in restorative physical relaxation. 

In these three hours of bringing the romantic page to life, we:

  • Submerged ourselves in both the sordid and utopic sides of romance fiction
  • Found our center inside a guided twin flame meditation
  • Intimately recited the sensual prose of Danielle Steel, Nora Roberts, et al.
  • Wrote our own happy endings
  • Deformed old love letters
  • Complimented each other’s outfits
  • Learned what a ‘basic bitch’ is and what guides her
  • Conjured our perfect lovers, defaced them, and reconstructed them out of roses
  • Shared FREE CAKE & soothing refreshment
  • Emerged anew and in love with life

Press about Love Life:
"Patty Gone's Queer Romance Novel Reflections" - Seattle Weekly
"An Incredible Chapbook about Danielle Steel" - The Stranger

Recommended Reading:

Danielle Steel’s Blog
Cailey Hall - The Consolidation of Genre: On Reading Romance Novels
Catherine Roach - Getting
 a
 Good
 Man
 to
 Love:
 Popular
 Romance
 Fiction
 and
 the
 Problem
 of
 Patriarchy
Tania Modleski - Loving with a Vengeance: Mass-Produced Fantasies for Women
Janice Radway - Women Read the Romance
Danielle Steel - Heartbeat, Kaleidoscope, Jewels, and many, many, many others


Image courtesy of the artists.
 
88 Eldridge St. New York, NY 10002
Tel: 212-243-2735
Gallery Hours: Thursday-Sunday, 1-6pm
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