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Gila Green

AUTOFICTION WORKSHOP: Exploring Hybrid Writing by Gila Green

START DATE: Sunday, October 18, 2020

END DATE: Sunday, November 29, 2020

DURATION:  6 weeks

LOCATION:  Zoom and email for assignments

FEEDBACK:  Instructor feedback and critique

COURSE DESCRIPTION:  What is autofiction? It’s not memoir, fiction or personal essay, but might have elements of all three. Auto-fiction is a genre for writers who want to write about their experiences and personal insights without being held back by the “facts.” Autofiction allows writers to pen personal experience without the constraints of traditional autobiography. In this course, we will explore some of the techniques of writers who have reconstructed events from their own lives using methods borrowed from other genres to create new forms. There will be weekly readings that we will use to discuss different elements of craft in terms of narrative, structure, genre, tone, narrator, character and theme. We will also have a weekly writing exercise based on the reading as well as group and instructor workshopping of participant work.

This autofiction class kept me writing, thinking, analyzing, and enjoying not only what autofiction is but also my own writing goals and future projects as well. Gila’s presentations and the autofiction readings sparked insightful writing, great class discussions, and helpful feedback from classmates and the instructor that I'll continue to explore long after the course. I grew as a writer and had a lot of fun in this class. ~ Melanie Faith

I enjoyed Gila's class. She taught us about Autofiction, exposed us to different authors and types of writing and provided useful feedback about our own writing assignments. It was nice to "meet" people from other countries. I liked Gila and the class so much that I am planning to enroll in Part 2 of this class. ~ Phyl

I just wanted to share my fantastic news. The Dime Show Review wants to publish a flash piece I sent to them. There are no words to express my thanks to you because without you this would not be happening. I bow to you my writing Goddess! You are an amazing teacher and mentor who gave me the courage to actually send my work out there. It was actually a flash piece I did not spend a whole lot of time writing and did not think would go anywhere. I am so grateful I found you. ~ Ellen Marcantano

I placed 3rd in the WOW Spring 2013 Flash Fiction contest! I was so amazed and thrilled. 'Mercy' is the story I submitted in our Flash class. Your class was a great experience for me. Did I tell you that [classmate] and I are still sharing stories? We met in your class and now we are writing buddies on line." ~ Clare Ostrander

I’m thrilled to tell you that a flash story I workshopped with you last winter is a finalist for a WOW contest! (The story was “Shared Calendars,” about a trapeze student). I’m so appreciative of your guidance, and look forward to another class - I’m a flash addict now. Thank you again, and I look forward to working with you somehow the near future. ~ Lynn H. Powers

My first flash piece, Bar Rag, was published by The Legendary (an online literary journal). Less than a year after taking your course, not bad. ;) Just wanted to say thanks again; your class helped me get started with flash, and now I’m on my way. ~ Joyce Barton

I have enjoyed this class and plan to rework my flash fiction and then look for an outlet to get at least one published. ~ Marion Cason


WEEK 1: Getting to the Emotional Truth of the Story

Forget the facts and focus on your core message. Reading by Alexander Chee. Complete at least one writing exercise of 1,000 words. Post for peer feedback.

WEEK 2: Set Your Protagonist Free

Complete at least one writing exercise of no more than 1,000 words. Post for feedback. Readings from Chris Kraus.

WEEK 3: Draw from Your Own Experience

Complete at least one writing exercise of no more than 1,000 words. Post for feedback. Readings from Juliet Escoria.

WEEK 4: Shut up so others can speak.

Complete at least one writing exercise of no more than 1,000 words. Post for feedback. Reading from Scott McClanahan.

WEEK 5: Pictures, Objects, Sensory Prompts

Complete at least one writing exercise of no more than 1,000 words. Post for feedback. Reading from Karl Ove Knausgaard.

WEEK 6: Sights, Smells, and Other Sensory Memories.

Complete at least one writing exercise of no more than 1,000 words. Post for feedback. Reading from Sandra Cisneros.

Materials needed:  All written materials in the form of lectures, ebooks, story links, etc. are provided by the instructor.

ABOUT THE INSTRUCTOR:  Canadian Gila Green is the author of No Entry, a young adult, environmental fiction novel; novel in stories White Zion and two adult novels, Passport Control and King of the Class. She has published dozens of short stories in literary magazines and anthologies. Please visit:

COST:  $185, which includes one-on-one e-mail support and feedback from your instructor, weekly Zoom meetings and assignments.

BUY NOW:  Autofiction Workshop: Exploring Hybrid Writing with Gila Green (6 weeks, starting 10/18/2020) Limit: 8-10 students. Early registration is recommended.

This class is now closed. Please check here for our current schedule.

For Class Session Starting 10/18/2020


Notes:  Upon successful completion of payment, your name, email address, and contact info will be submitted to your instructor. Just before class begins, she will e-mail you with instructions on how to get started.


Additional Testimonials for Gila Green:

I’ve taken a lot of writing courses through different groups, and by far yours have all been the most beneficial. I loved this Flash course. The most important lesson I learned is just how incredibly difficult it is to write good flash fiction. I learned about many new tools that I can use in future writings. ~ Kathryn Schleich

Here’s what I loved about this class:

  • I felt safe (of paramount importance as a writer and as me)
  • I felt my questions and contributions were valued
  • I received no-nonsense feedback and advice from you
  • The assignments were well presented and well prepared
  • The information within each assignment was incredibly useful and not overwhelming

Here’s what I loved about you as the instructor:

  • You always took the time to answer my questions, even the ones that were more personally oriented
  • You are direct and have realistic expectations of students
  • You are encouraging and supportive
  • You know your stuff

My personal thanks to you for bearing with me as I begin my writing journey. As an instructor, mentor, and writing ally you have far exceeded my expectations. WOW! is very lucky to have you on their instructor roster. ~ Elana Baxter

Gila’s fiction writing class gave me more confidence as a writer. I’ve taken several online fiction classes with well-known online entities and with those that are lesser known. Compared to more well-known or expensive online writing classes that require you to use more non-user friendly sites to post your work this is the one with which I was and still am most impressed. Gila’s teaching method is very concise and could only derive from years of experience. Her lectures and the accompanying exercises challenged me to write my story and the characters in a way that helped to add more layers and to make them more believable. Gila’s feedback was very in-depth. She was always available for questions and comments. She strongly encouraged that we take advantage of peer critiques. I’d done peer critiques in other classes, but I felt that with Gila I was given more tools to workshop others’ writings. I learned how to look for strategies that work better than others. To me, Gila’s fiction writing class was more multifaceted than others and was more like a brick and mortar university course. With the tools that I learned from Gila I felt that I had better direction and I learned how to look at my writing more critically. In Gila’s class I was able to take my short story to the next level. ~ Conswalia Marie Green

I have taken many courses in writers’ centers before and never got ANYTHING out of them. The main thing I got was formulaic responses that hindered my writing rather than deepening my approach. I loved Gila’s course so much I am reregistering. ~ Janet Lowenbach

I advocate writing mentors; how else can a writer grow? When I was looking for excellent guidance on a new genre, I turned to Gila Green; it was a good decision, one that I recommend to a writer who is serious about her craft ~ Leah Kotkes

I’ve learned more in your writing class than I have with any other instructor, and I’ve taken quite a few. ~ Kathryn Beer

I am really enjoying your tips and advice. I really loved your idea about how to get into a story, with “What is a noun?” So simple, but so good. ~ Rachel Gurevich

I really enjoyed the feedback and communication in this class. ~ Dana Shoemaker

It was a really worthwhile class. I especially liked learning from the short stories. ~ Susan Remson

I feel much more confident now about my writing. ~ Amanda Searcy

In Gila's workshops you learn three important things about writing:
- how to look deeply into your heart
- how to read many other works critically
- how to apply newfound skills to your own work
For all those reasons, Gila's writing workshops are a writer's path to creative exploration that you shouldn't miss. ~ Ilene Bloch-Levy

I am so SO Happy that I was able to come to your class, thank you for your teachings and your willingness to share your knowledge. I want to thank you for providing your wisdom.  ~ Savannah Sav

When I began this class I was not sure what writing devices were, but with Gila’s guidance I am now clear about their definitions and how to use them in my writing. She had a very straightforward way of explaining this by giving examples in our own work, and pinpointing a subject for clarity. She was very encouraging and her critiques were always thoughtful and constructive.

Her guidance on my personal work has also been helpful. Again, she had a way of instructing by example that made the whole revising process so much more effective. Her suggestions were always spot-on and it was obvious that she took the time to read each piece submitted. She pushed me to dig deeper and work harder and I believe it shows in my writing.

If I am ever fortunate enough to make it in this business, I will definitely name Gila as one of the reasons for my success. ~ Barbara Florenza

Thank you for this class and for your very valuable feedback on the two drafts I sent you. Your class rekindled the fire that I felt was beginning to fizzle out in my writing. ~ Clare Hart

Thanks for a great class! I’m so glad I signed up—turns out that I still have a brain and you made me use it. :) I appreciate your advice as well as the thought-provoking lessons you provided . . . In that short amount of time I feel more confident going forward with my writing . . . I wish you the very best, and thank you again for sharing your knowledge! ~ Andrea H.

"I placed 3rd in the WOW Spring 2013 Flash Fiction contest! I was so amazed and thrilled. 'Mercy' is the story I submitted in our Flash class. Your class was a great experience for me. Did I tell you that [classmate] and I are still sharing stories? We met in your class and now we are writing buddies on line." ~ Clare Ostrander

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