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Gila Green


START DATE:  Closed.

DURATION:  8 weeks

COURSE DESCRIPTION:  In this course we will go beyond the simile and metaphor and learn how to layer our writing with literary devices. Through short readings and in-class assignments, you will learn how to create suspense, tension, change the pace, deepen and control your writing through the use of devices from repetition to personification. This class is suitable for anyone working on a novel, short story, memoir, essay or life story.

Course objectives:

  1. To add layers to your writing and take your work beyond a flat two-dimensional offering. 
  2. To encourage you to expand your writer’s toolbox beyond the simile and metaphor and become comfortable with repetition, juxtaposition, foreshadowing and more.
  3. To increase your confidence and skills as a writer.
  4. To understand the link between literary elements such as pace, tension and tone and literary devices.

I've enjoyed this course. I like your directness when you needed to make a point about my work. I also appreciate that you encouraged making changes; but only if it "resonated" with me. That showed a lot of respect. ~ Eileen Kent

I am new to the craft of writing and Gila Green’s class was my first on line writing class. I was impressed with the quality of the material Gila provided and her weekly lessons were clear and easy to understand. She also provided enough flexibility in her lessons to tailor the class to the individual needs of her students. This allowed for those in the group with more experience, to continue forward at a faster pace without someone like myself feeling left behind. I always felt open to ask questions or linger over lessons and critiques that I felt I needed more time to comprehend and work through.

The critique process has been intimidating in the past, but Gila encouraged me in my strengths while helping me identify areas to improve. Her feedback was a valuable part of her class and my writing reflects it. I look forward to learning from her again. ~ Donna Kortes

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

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. Gila’s class was the first that I took with WOW! I had never heard of the site before, nor had I heard of any of the writers, but I was willing to give it a chance because the price was very reasonable. 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. For example, typically when writing less is more and it’s more effective. 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 am really satisfied with this course. I have already learned a veritable TON. In my opinion, you’re doing a wonderful job of addressing important areas, discussing/explaining the material, encouraging and acknowledging group/individual participation, and I bet this isn’t all you do is it (work wise)? You are actually attending and assisting in a birth of sorts...the rebirth of my passion for writing. The rebirth of believing I can do it. Hallelujah! ~ Elana Baxter

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

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

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 to those in attendance. I am grateful. From a future writer. ~ Savannah Sav

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.

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

Gila, thanks ever so much for entering my life as an instructor.
~ Elana Baxter


Week 1: Why do we use literary devices? Can we write without them? Discuss the devices in our reading. In-class assignment.

Week 2: Exploring juxtaposition. In-class assignment. 

Week 3: Discuss: Students will present their pieces to be workshopped. In-Class Assignment: Foreshadowing.

Week 4: Discuss: Students present their pieces for workshopping. In-class Assignment: Repetition vs. Redundancy.

Week 5: Students’ work workshopped. Assignment: Sentence Scramble. Creating tension with word order.

Week 6: Students' work workshopped. What about prologues and epilogues? Are they useful devices? Do editors like them?

Week 7: Students' work workshopped. Assignment: Personification.

Week 8: Paragraphing, yes, is a literary device. Share with the class. Final discussions.

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

ABOUT THE INSTRUCTOR:  Gila Green’s young adult novel Passport Control will be released October 1, 2017 with Merit Press, an imprint of Simon & Schuster. Her first novel King of the Class was released by NON Publishing Vancouver (2013). Her short stories have appeared in dozens of literary magazines including Fiction Magazine, Akashic Books, Many Mountains Moving, The Saranac Review, Jewish Fiction, Pilot Pocket Books, The Dalhousie Review and Noir Nation. Her collection White Zion is a finalist for the Doris Bakwin Literary Award (Carolina Wren Press). Please visit:

COST:  $175, which includes email support and feedback from your instructor, weekly assignments and critiques. Skype & Skype chat if you choose that option.

BUY NOW:  LITERARY DEVICES, by Gila Green (8 weeks, starting 10/27/2014) Limit: 8-10 students. Early registration is recommended.

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

For Class Session Starting 10/27/2014


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.

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