Upcoming Courses & Workshops


November 29 — The “Hair of the Dog” Comedy Brunch! with Hollis & Jen

December 6 — Atlanta’s Most Popular Blogging Class

December 12–13 — Atlanta Winter Writers Retreat Weekend

January 4–18 — 15-Day “Swift Kick in the Butt” Intensive Writers Program 3 spots left!

Jan. 4–Feb. 10 — The Atlanta Stand-Up Comedy Course at Laughing Skull

April 2–3 Atlanta Screenplay Workshop; Write Your Script in a Weekend

By Appointment — ONE-ON-ONE 3-Day Creative Writing with Hollis Gillespie


Hollis and Mike Talk About Atlanta’s Most Popular Blogging Workshop:

The SRL Writers Retreat — See What the Fuss is About:


The Shocking Real Life Learning Center is located in the lively Ponce City Market in Atlanta, Georgia at 675 Ponce De Leon Ave NE, Atlanta, GA 30308


Classroom area

Break Area

Break Area

(Click HERE for directions from your location)

Free Parking — Ponce City Market is located at the corner of Glen Iris Dr. and Ponce de Leon Ave at 675 Ponce de Leon Ave. NE, ATlanta, GA 30308, directly across the street from the Whole Foods Market. On Glen Iris Dr. there is ample free street parking.


Paid Parking:

Ponce City Market has both underground and above-ground parking areas. Click HERE for information regarding paid parking at Ponce City Market.


Retail Area Ponce City Market


Retail Area Ponce City Market

Ponce City Market

Ponce City Market

Ponce City Market

Ponce City Market

HERE are samples of more Shocking Real Life Alumni Success Stories!

What past participants say about the Shocking Real-Life Writing Seminar

  • “I made contact (totally used your letter) with a friend’s agent at Writer’s House. It worked! Now he wants to see the proposal. They loved the idea. Thanks again! The class was great.” — Stephanie Davis, Editor, skirt! Magazine
  • “Hollis, thanks for being in touch so quickly. Your seminar rocked!! I want to be one of your successes. I’ll start with [the agent you suggested] and if a rejection, will just keep going. I did not even realize I was so on fire about getting this book out there, until I felt the full Hollis Effect!!” — Susan Campbell
  • “Hollis Gillespie’s writing workshop was the best I’ve ever attended. Hollis was extremely encouraging and helpful in both creative and procedural modes. And the yellow theme with the mimosas worked at a deep level of community which added to the enjoyment of the whole experience.” — David Ryback
  • “Hollis is a rule-breaker who will teach you things you won’t hear anywhere else. If you don’t care about political correctness and want to learn a proven tactic to get an agent’s attention, Hollis can show you the way.” — Debbie Unterman
  • “Hollis and crew were positive and upbeat. ‘Can’t’ wasn’t spoken. The environment and food were ‘quirky and fun,’ one of the underlying themes of the workshop and Hollis’s principles: build a support system of writers, share your work and contacts, and hit the send, send, send button on your computer made sense. The agent list was an added bonus.” — Lynn Hesse
  • “The Hollis Gillespie workshop was money well spent and the day went by very quickly! Hollis took time with each person to help them clarify details of the story that they’d like to tell, develop a creative title, found similar books to use as examples in a pitch letter and provided a list with a recommendation of an agent (or agents) to contact. Hollis gave concise, realistic feedback to each person. As an added bonus, Michael Alvear spoke and each offered excellent advice. I came home and began work immediately on my story! I’m impressed by Hollis and Michael’s philosophy of helping other writers. Thank you for offering this wonderful seminar to AtlantaWriters Club members.” — Sharon LeMaster
  • “It was a great experience and nice to sit around a table with others who are dealing with the same obstacles I am. I liked the advice given to ignore conventions and rules when querying agents and publishers which I will paraphrase: as long as it’s well written, go for it regardless of the ‘supposed’ hurdles or rules. Receiving a rejection doesn’t necessarily mean you’re work isn’t any good or you didn’t follow the rules. I liked having published authors talk about their personal experiences and paths to success using somewhat unconventional means. I spent part of yesterday putting the advice in practice and sent out several queries with an entirely different attitude.” — Kathy Lewis