Revenge of the Smart Page-Turner

10 Tuesdays from 10:30am-1:30pm, starting January 24th
Remote (Live Zoom Meetings)
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Level: Intermediate
Adult (18+)
12 seats max

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

Did you know that we have scholarships available for all GrubStreet classes? To apply, click the "APPLY FOR SCHOLARSHIP" button in the top right corner of this pageIn order to be considered for a scholarship, you must complete your scholarship application and await our Scholarship Committee's decision before registering for the class. Scholarships cannot be applied retroactively.


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Michael Marano
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Previous Students Say

  • "Generative"
  • "Supportive Environment"
  • "Lots of Practical Tips"
  • "Diverse Reading Assignments"
  • "Inspired Me to Write More"


  • Generate New Work
  • Get Feedback
  • Study Published Writing
  • Craft Lessons
  • In-Class Writing
  • Instructor Feedback
  • Lecture
  • In-Class Reading
  • Class Discussion


  • The Novel
  • Short Fiction

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