Mar 192019
 

March 2–3, 2018 — Screenwriting Workshop, Write Your Script in a WeekendJ

April 27–28, 2019 — SPARTA Creative Writing Retreat a weekend getaway housed in an historic mansion in Sparta, Georgia, hosted Hollis Gillespie, along with the renowned, award-winning film producer Milford Thomas! Be assured this writing and creativity retreat will be a lively, active, results-oriented symposium of accomplished creatives, attendees and answers to the questions that have been dogging you for years regarding how to go forward with your artistic goals (read more)

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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

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Aug 102014
 

1. Blog Often

Blog every day for the first 30 days, then blog at least twice a week.

2. Forget Perfection

The quest for perfection is just fear in disguise. It will keep you from posting.

3. Write like you speak

Authenticity will keep you afloat in the blogosphere. I use words I made up all the time (zimwad, ass-gasm), and Continue reading »

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Jan 102014
 

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Feb 172013
 

I’m trying to decide the title for my next book. Please give me your feedback on the 10 following possibilities. (Note that the words “Bitch” and “Slut” are absent from all options, as is “Whore,” because I’m a grown-up, matures-ass goddam author now, fuckers.)

1. Crack Moms for Christ and Other Bad Advice from My Imaginary Friends

2. The Year of Things Happening

3. Sex with George Clooney

4. Free Booze at the Bone Garden

5. Inappropriate Conversation

6. Lovely Junk

7. How to Survive a Flaming Forklift and Other Tips for the End of the World

8. The Human Hair Trap

9. A History of Wrecks

10. Another Dead Stepfather

 

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