Novel Writing 101; Writing the Breakout Book with Hollis Gillespie
Wednesdays, Oct. 1–Nov. 12, 2014 7–9 p.m.
Attend in-person or ONLINE!
Master the essentials of plot-point development, character, dialogue and writing style in this unique 6-week course with best-selling author Hollis Gillespie. Known for her ability to galvanize writers into producing their best works, Gillespie, founder of the largest writing school in Atlanta, has led scores of writers to the publishing promised land. Students who have taken her courses have landed book deals with HarperCollins, FWMedia, Random House and McGraw-Hill. Three have gone on to become bestsellers themselves, and two have gone even further and sold the film rights to their books. You’re next. No matter your genre — young-adult, memoir, romance, etc. — This course is designed to guide and inspire you to discover the structure you need to create a manuscript that is so well-crafted you’ll be proud to shop it to agents and publishers.
In this 6-week course, you will learn how to:
- Develop compelling characters
- Write engaging dialogue
- How to capture your audience with the first page
- Write a proposal that excites literary agents
- Evaluate topics
- How to get an agent (if you need one)
- Find your natural narrative
- Polish your story arc for your particular genre
This course can be taken either completely online, physically in class or any combination of the two. Those who have already enrolled intend to either use the online attendance exclusively or as an option for the days they can’t make it. Enrollees are both local and out-of-state. The easy, low-tech tutorial modules will be distributed online, and the 2-hour Wednesday workshops will serve as a symposium on our progress. Very easy, low-tech instructions on how to attend the workshops online in real time will be available upon enrollment. It is a lively, fun, creative, action-oriented course. Enrollment is limited due to the extent of individual attention devoted to each manuscript.
Click below to sign up for Novel Writing 101; Writing the Breakout Book, a 6-week course with online discussion/tutorials each Wednesday, Oct. 1–Nov. 12, 2014, 7–9p.m.
Cost: $495 — 100% safe and secure payment. We accept all credit cards as well as Paypal. Instant confirmation upon enrollment. (SRL Alumni, enter the coupon code NOVEL101 to get your $50 alumni discount!)
ONLINE attendance: Whether you’d like to attend the entire course online or pick and choose classes during which you’ll be out of town or otherwise unavailable. We’ll send you detailed instructions on how to attend class and/or tutorials online.
Hollis Gillespie (seen here after her appearance on The Tonight Show) is an award-winning humor and travel columnist, and her column appears every month on Atlanta magazine’s back page. She is also a best-selling author, NPR commentator, professional speaker, and guest on the Tonight Show with Jay Leno (“A very funny lady,” says Leno.) Her work has been optioned by Sony Pictures and Paramount, and she has collaborated with Hollywood hard hitters like Mitch Hurwitz, the creator of Arrested Development, Eric and Kim Tannenbaum, producers of Two and a Half Men, Amy Palladino, creator of Gilmore Girls, Bill Haber (Rizzoli and Isles) and Sheri Elwood (Call Me Fitz). (George Clooney has also kissed her twice. Twice!) Hollis herself has been featured on scores of TV shows and news programs and runs Shocking Real Life Learning Center, the largest writing school in Atlanta, which offers workshops on book writing, blogging and social media. Her next book, titled The Unaccompanied Minor, is due out in August 2013.These days she gets most of her exercise running to catch flights.
“Hollis Gillespie’s writing class is where my life was TOTALLY and COMPLETELY changed forever!” Christal Presley, author of 30 Days with my Father, who became a best-seller after taking this workshop. She’s been featured on NPR, Atlanta Journal Constitution and others news outlets. Click here to see her on Fox News.
“I had two things working for me that I believe made the difference: determination and Hollis Gillespie’s kick-ass work shop! The workshop gave me the confidence I needed to continue following my dream of becoming a published author. She was key to helping me fine tune my proposal and her personal involvement in my journey has been invaluable.” Lisa Baron, author of Life of the Party; a Political Press Tart Tells All, became an Amazon best-seller after taking this class. Recently she sold her film rights to NBC! Click here to see her feature in Atlanta magazine.
The Shocking Real Life Academy is located in the Virginia Highlands neighborhood in Atlanta! Click HERE for directions to our building at 695 Pylant St., Atlanta, GA 30306.