The Nora Roberts Foundation has awarded a $100,000 grant to McDaniel College in Westminster, Md., to help advance the study of romance literature.
The school also will use the grant to establish an academic minor in romance fiction and to launch an online creative writing course in the subject.
In addition, the college plans to use the funds to help build a core American romance library collection, including the complete works of Roberts, as well as to establish an endowed fund to support the collection.
The collection's titles will be available online.
The college will hold an international conference on romance novels in November, with keynote speaker Mary Bly, a Shakespearean scholar at Fordham University who also writes as Eloisa James, a best-selling author of historical romance novels.
Nora Roberts, a New York Times best-selling author of more than 200 romance novels, lives in Keedysville.
McDaniel College is a private liberal arts and sciences school offering courses to undergraduate and graduate students, according to the school's website.