Novel Writing 201; Time to Get Serious


Screen Shot 2014-09-12 at 10.00.14 PM5-week course, Tuesdays, April 28–May 26,  7–9pm (Attendance is available online or in class)

It’s time to take your writing seriously. It’s time to abolish your comfort zone. It’s time to bring your manuscript to the next level. This book-writing workshop is for novelists who are looking for professional support, guidance, accountability, editing and specific feedback on their work. In this novel writing course — available to those attending online or in-class — you will bypass boring reading assignments and anemic lectures. Instead, we’ll zero in on completing your novel.

Enrollment is very limited and subject to one of the three following requirements:

You’ll spend 5 weeks finishing your book by receiving professional guidance and the support of a select symposium of creative minds. You’ll receive personal instruction on how to resolve plot-point issues, flesh out characters, propel action and create conflict for your storyline. By the end of this online/in-house workshop, you will have the tools to finish your novel.

Click the arrow below to enroll in the SRL Novel Writing 201; Time to Get Serious. A 5-week course that meets Tuesdays, April 28–May 26, 2015. Attendance is available online and or in class!

Price $495

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  • Revise, complete and/or polish your novel draft so it’s ready to go to the agent/publisher
  • Enjoy guided critiques and valuable feedback from your instructor and the selected group of creatives that make up your class
  • Give critiques and feedback on the novels of your classmates
  • Learn insider tricks on how to kick writer’s block, finish your book and press “send.”

Who should take this workshop:

    • Novelists with material comprising more than 10,000 words and who want to flesh out their narratives and then receive guidance and feedback on their manuscript during the class
    • Writers who are serious about getting their book published and are ready to stop procrastinating — literary agent info is provided — and who don’t want to look like a rookie when they query an agent for representation
    • Authors who are interested in advise from a best-selling author to help polish their work

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.


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


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The Shocking Real Life Learning Center is located in the lively Atlantic Station shopping village in Atlanta, Georgia at 201 17th Street, Suite 300, Atlanta, Georgia, 30363 (Click “View Larger Map” at the bottom left corner of the map below for directions from your location) (Note: The SRL Southeast Screenwriters Workshops are taught at different locations, click here for those locations.)

Free Parking (and Paid Parking) options:

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SRL Building

Free Parking — The SRL building is located at the corner of 17th St. and Market St. (201 17th St., Atlanta, GA 30363). On 16th St., just one block south, there is ample free street parking. There is also free parking at the Target department store located at 375 18th St., Atlanta, GA 30363.

Shuttle Service — a free shuttle leaves from the MARTA Arts Center station every 20 minutes and stops right in front of our building. Here is a map and more information on Atlanta’s MARTA rail system.

When your class is AFTER HOURS, press the intercom buzzer located on the wall next to the door. The receptionist or security guard will grant you access. Take the elevator to the third floor, where the SRL Learning Center is located.

or Paid Parking:

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Garage Entry

Atlantic Station has an underground parking garage. The first two hours are free, then it’s $4 for the third hour and $2 for each hour after that. The nearest underground parking area to 201 17th Street is behind the building. Simply follow the signs. The image at left is the elevator entry to the building from the parking garage.

When your class is AFTER HOURS, press the intercom buzzer located on the wall to the left of the glass (and to the right of the building number). The receptionist/security guard will grant you access. Take the elevator to the lobby, then take the lobby elevator to the third floor where the SRL Learning Center is located.

Call 678-661-7080 if you’re running late or need more info!