The Smart Page-Turner Strikes Back

10 Wednesdays from 10:30am-1:30pm, starting September 14th
Remote (Live Zoom Meetings)
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Level: Intermediate
Adult (18+)
12 seats max

How do you write popular fiction with literary depth? How do you tackle the hands-on, practical issues of writing genre and genre-influenced fiction—like plotting, starting and ending a story, keeping track of themes—and make your work 'smart'? In a world where literary lions like Junot Diaz and Cormac McCarthy win Pulitzers for works that build on pop fiction, writing a smart page-turner that uses both literary and genre tropes has never been more dynamic. This class, which addresses specific topics requested by Grub students, will teach writers of romance, mystery, science fiction, erotica, supernatural, or suspense fiction how to strengthen their literary potential while getting a grip on the nuts and bolts of writing popular fiction. In class, we’ll workshop your stories and novel chapters, explore the terrain of each genre, work on writing and idea-generating exercises, and discuss the magazines and publishers looking for your sort of fiction. While this class expands on topics covered in Grub's "Writing the Smart-Page Turner" class, it is open to anyone 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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