SATURDAY, OCT. 22nd | The Meet-Cute. That magical moment when two characters collide, hearts flutter, pulses race, and sparks spark. A staple of romance novels and romantic comedies, meet-cute scenes are so much more than a cliché. When done well, the meet-cute is the fertile seed from which the entire story blossoms; but getting all the elements just right – and arranging them to converge in one meaningful moment – is no easy task.
This generative workshop is designed for writers who are interested in the mechanics of romance novels, are looking to improve their writing skills, and who enjoy reading and writing about love and relationships. Writers in this workshop will leave with a clearer sense of how to develop compelling fictional worlds, and an enhanced ability to tell stories that readers will fall in love with. We will discuss and practice common elements of craft, such as characterization, dramatic irony, and interiority. Via in-class discussion, small-group exercises, and individual free-writes, we will play around with familiar tropes, and revel in a shared love for romance. We will also learn what makes the meet-cute so necessary, and why it is so urgent that we are with these characters at this particular moment in their story. By the end of the workshop everyone will have a chance to write and share their own meet-cute scene and start a (fictional!) love affair worth pursuing.
Doug Henderson is the author of a romantic comedy about queer nerds, The Cleveland Heights LGBTQ Sci-Fi and Fantasy Role Playing Club, and a winner of the PEN/Dau prize for emerging writers. Originally from Cleveland, he received his MFA from the University of San Francisco. He lives in the Castro District with his husband and their two children.
Scheduled class sessions will take place at 1663 Mission St., Ste. 602, San Francisco, CA, 94103 (classes to take place either in the Mezzanine level or in Suite 602; building access and parking details will be sent to registered students prior to class start date). Proof of vaccination and masking will be required, and all San Francisco health mandates will be followed. Please note that this class may be moved to a virtual format closer to the start date depending on the public health situation.
Number of sessions: 1
Time: 10:00am – 4:00pm Pacific Time
Date: Saturday, October 22
Course fee: $175