Novel Writing 101; Writing the Breakout Book with Hollis Gillespie


drawn typewriter plainNovel Writing 101; Writing the Breakout Book with Hollis Gillespie

Tuesdays beginning Feb. 16, 2016, 7–9 p.m.


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

Click below to sign up for Novel Writing 101; Writing the Breakout Book, a 6-week course that meets online Tuesdays beginning Feb. 16, 2016, 7–9p.m.

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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: We’ll send you detailed instructions on the SIMPLE process to attend class, complete tutorials and participate in your writers group online.


Jay Leno, Hollis GillespieHollis 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.

“I wanted to THANK YOU, Hollis, for your workshop. It played a crucial role in being able to complete and submit a successful book proposal.”Rachael Brownell, author of Mommy Doesn’t Drink Here Anymore, who became a best-selling author after taking this class. She has been featured on the Today Show, Good Morning America and NPR.