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START DATE: Ongoing. We choose the same day each month to meet. There are options for weekly or twice-a-month meetings.

DURATION: 4 meetings with the chance to renew for additional meetings.

LOCATION: Email, Google Drive, Zoom

FEEDBACK: Instructor feedback and critique on a shared Google document and via Zoom (optional)

CONTACT: Through this website

COURSE DESCRIPTION: Are you writing a novel? Do you need a writing coach to keep you accountable and provide feedback as you go? Do you have an idea for a novel but you don't know how to plan or get started? Join me in an online workshop environment, where you can work with me to get a first or second draft of a novel completed. Novelists for almost any genre are welcome. (Please note: I am not an expert in children's writing. If you are writing a children's novel, I recommend you find an editor who has published children's books.) Depending on your needs, I will also help you with writing a synopsis and query letter.

Past participants ask about setting in story: WATCH  

This class has two options:

Option One:
This is for writers who have a fairly complete draft of a novel or at least have done extensive planning and will have pages for me to critique each meeting. We choose a date to meet each month on zoom and the pages have to be in 3 days before our meeting. If you don't want zoom, we choose a date each month to hand in your work on a shared Google document.

You will receive a FULL edit (content and line editing) for up to 4000 words or 15 double-spaced, 12 pt font, pages each meeting. With this track you can get up to 16,000 words critiqued.

Option Two:
This is for writers who are starting out writing a novel and need help with planning, structure, how to begin, writer's block, etc. It is perfect for someone who has an idea for a book or short story or essay collection, but does not know where or how to start. I will guide you by getting you started with the main story elements (what every story must have) and writing exercises as needed. Depending on your comfort level and pace with planning, you may also receive one or two light critiques through this track. This track also has the zoom option. You will also receive four edits on your exercises, outlines and light drafts.

Cost: $400 for both tracks for 4 meetings that includes edit of up to 4,000 words per meeting and 4 zoom meetings of one hour. If you do not want the zoom option (shared Google document only) the price is $280.

This course is open to writers living anywhere and the price excludes any PayPal fees if you choose this payment option. 

WATCH Past participants ask about flash fiction vs short story writing: Should you write flash fiction or a short story?


"As members of the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI), Gila and I have swapped several manuscripts as each other's beta reader. Her comments have been both helpful and supportive. She is a consummate professional, a writer/editor with a heart, delivering her services in a timely and diplomatic manner. I recommend her highly."
Marc KornblattFilmmaker/AuthorFilmmaker/AuthorUSA/Israel

"Gila is a rare creative mentor who focuses on the craft and intention of the work. She encourages her students to push their creative boundaries. I had the pleasure of working with her individually on some of my own creative work, and I felt empowered by her clear guidance and encouragement to focus on the work. It helped me grow as a writer." 
Anastasia Wasko
Writer, Editor, & Transpersonal Guide
New Orleans, USA

"Gila is great!I gave her my first draft of the first fiction book I ever attempted, for copy editing.She was quick, thorough, flexible, and very generous with her time.And very sensitive to a first-time writer's feelings.Gila went well beyond the mandate, providing me with valuable and thoughtful insights on my manuscript's story and structure.I highly recommend her."
Jeremy EsekowRaanana, Israel


Gila Green is a seven times award-nominated, internationally published writer. She has traditionally published four novels in three countries (USA, Canada, Australia). She has published dozens of short stories and short works in literary magazines and anthologies, participated in the 2020 Vancouver Jewish Book Festival as an author, and the New York Jewish Book Council Author Talk. She has edited more than a dozen books to publication.

Gila interviews an author monthly on her site: www.gilagreenwrites. Here is a sample list of published books Gila has edited: Gila has experience in both adult and young adult novel publishing and works regularly with magazine writers.

Gila has been teaching creative writing online since 2009. She lives in Israel, but is originally from Canada. She spent one year living in South Africa, has both an Ashkenazi and Yemenite background, and has been teaching English as a Foreign Language since 2013 to students from Israel, Ethiopia, Russia, France and other countries. She is able to relate to authors and content from a wide variety of experiences. 

WATCH: Past participant asks about humorous flash fiction

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