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  • Workshop
  • Online: Zoom
  • Intermediate

REVENGE of the Smart Page-Turner!

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  • $480.00 Non-Member
  • $455.00 Member

Class Description

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.

Scholarships Format/Location

Thanks to the excellent literary citizenship of our donors, scholarships are available for all GrubStreet classes. To apply, click the gray "APPLY FOR SCHOLARSHIP" button. In order to be considered for a scholarship, you must complete your application at least one week before the start date of a class. Please await our scholarship committee's decision before registering for the class. We cannot hold spots in classes, so the sooner you apply, the better. Scholarships cannot be applied retroactively.

For more detailed information about GrubStreet scholarships, including how to contribute to scholarship funds for other students, click here.

This class will take place using Zoom videoconferencing. About 15 minutes before your class is scheduled to begin, you'll receive an email from your instructor with a link to join the class meeting!

Zoom Participation:

Students are not required to turn their camera on, but are encouraged to participate any way they feel comfortable through functions such as the live chat, emoji reactions, and unmuting the microphone. Learn more about using Zoom here.

Zoom Accessibility:

We ask that instructors enable closed captioning and send a transcript of the session after class. You can also enable closed captioning at any time during the meeting. If your instructor forgets to send the transcript, just send ’em an email!