Archive for October, 2021

Hey, Everybody!!!

Yeah, I haven’t posted in a while. But I wanted to let people know about my new biz, GET OFF MY LAWN, through which I’ll be offering Writing Instruction & Editing, Personal Training and Fitness Instruction, and Curated Dungeons & Dragons sessions! Check it out at

Through Get Off My Lawn!, I’ll be offering my class SUSPENSE! HEART-POUNDING LESSONS FROM CLASSIC THRILLERS. It will be starting on October 25, 2021, via Zoom, for 10 weeks, running from 1 PM to 4 PM EST. Class sessions will be conducted virtually, over Zoom. Rates are on a sliding scale. If you think you might be interested, contact me at Mike AT GetOffMyLawn DOT biz

Here’s the class description…

How do you keep your readers in… SUSPENSE?! This class from Mike Marano at Get Off My Lawn Personal Instruction will show you the dark-and-stormy workings of suspense and tension and fear through a nail-biting 10 weeks, during which we’ll read, take apart, and study the mechanics of three brilliant novels: Daphne Du Maurier’s Rebecca (THE definitive romantic thriller!); Ira Levin’s Rosemary’s Baby (THE definitive supernatural thriller!) and Thomas Harris’ Red Dragon (THE definitive serial killer thriller!). We’ll look at the structuring of plot, characterization, use of Point of View, escalation, pacing and other tools for the building of SUSPENSE! not just as they are used in these three books, but in other classic thrillers so that you can have your own readers sweating bullets as they compulsively turn pages until dawn. The edge-of-your-seat techniques of SUSPENSE! will be studied not just in the context of prose writing, but also screen and TV writing and play writing. The class will entail in-class writing exercises, and there will be workshopping of students’ fiction in each class as well. Recommended for students with previous workshop experience. Starting October 25, 2021, 1-4 PM, and running for 10 weeks. Contact Mike at Mike AT GetOffMyLawn DOT biz for more details and rates.

Let me know if you’re interested!