New Class!

REVENGE of the Smart Page-Turner!

10 Thursdays from 10:30am-1:30pm, starting April 3rd, 2014
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Level: Intermediate
Adult (18+)
12 seats max

In this newest addition to Grub's popular series of classes that combine the best of literary fiction with the punch of popular and genre storytelling, students will get serious "hands on" instruction that applies the characteristics of three popular fictional figures—the detective, the outsider, and the thief—to the actual process of writing fiction. Classes will include in-class writing exercises and workshopping of students' fiction. We'll pay special attention to strategies for reworking familiar pop fiction tropes so they can be used in fresh and innovative ways, as well as analyze how the techniques of great screenwriters like Paul Haggis ("Million Dollar Baby"), Joseph Stefano ("Psycho"), and David Mamet can be applied to the "nuts and bolts" of writing popular fiction, be it romance, supernatural, adventure, thriller, crime fiction, science fiction, erotica, etc. Over the course of this class, we'll be reading the entirety of Susanne Collins' first Hunger Games novel. While this class expands upon topics covered in Grub's "Writing the Smart-Page Turner" and "The Smart Page-Turner Strikes Back!", it is open to all but recommended for those with previous workshop experience.

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Michael Marano
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