"Only another writer understands what the rest of the world does not." --Gary Provost
“Until his death in 1995, Gary Provost was one of the most beloved writing instructors in the United States. He taught tens of thousands of writers through his seminars, books, articles and videos.”
During his lifetime, Gary Provost (1944-1995) had become one of America's leading writing-for-publication instructors as well as the author of 24 books in genres ranging from how-to instruction for writers (of course!); full-length adult and young adult fiction (literary, mystery, romance); and full-length nonfiction (biography, true crime, sports how-to, business). He doctored manuscripts, worked as a ghostwriter, and along the way published thousands of articles for magazines and newspapers--including columns, humorous pieces and celebrity profiles.
Now, GARY'S LEGACY continues to inspire new generations of students and instructors . . . In celebration of WRITERS RETREAT WORKSHOP's 30th year:
WRITERS RETREAT WORKSHOP (WRW) - Scheduled for May 11-18, 2017 to be conducted in San Antonio, Texas, by current director Jason Sitzes. (See our Quick Link, left column.)
WAKE UP AND WRITE WRITER'S RETREAT WORKSHOP for November of 2017 in Haverford, PA. Directed by Gary's protege, Carol "Doc" Dougherty, the program will feature LISA CRON of TED TALKS fame, and the revolutionary book for writers, WIRED FOR STORY: The Writer's Guide to Using Brain Science to Hook Readers from the Very First Sentence. Lisa is also an instructor at the UCLA Extension Writers' Program, was an agent for W.W. Norton as well as Angela Rinaldi Literary Agency, a producer for Showtime, and story consultant for Warner Brothers. Plus . . . plus . . . plus. You get the idea. It's all about story. Craft. And you. (See our Quick Link for more information.)
2016 workshops featured DAVID CORBETT, regular contributor to the esteemed writer's blog, WRITERS, UNBOXED, author of the hugely popular book, THE ART OF CHARACTER as well as numerous award-winning contemporary crime fiction--short stories, and articles on craft. (Both David and Gary served as contributing editors for the leading trade magazine- WRITER'S DIGEST.)
A NOTE FROM GAIL PROVOST. ABOUT YOU. AND GARY:
If you're reading this, I believe you have felt yourself called to this site. In an important way Gary has touched you--the deeply human emotions you connect with as well as the serious writer that you have been or are now becoming.
Gary understood you. Who you are. Who you need to BE! And because I have always believed in the power of what Gary had to offer writers just like you, I believe in you, too. I also believe the more you learn about Gary, and the more you learn from him, the more YOU'LL believe Gary had all along been writing and teaching specifically for you. Yes, YOU!
. . . DID YOU KNOW . . ?
Gary grew up so poor that going to college had never been on the radar. But . . . when he decided to become a writer, he taught himself how to write well. Exceedingly well. And then he learned what it would take to succeed in having his writing published. And as he went on to have an amazing career along the path of his fondest dream, he discovered another, pivotal skill: teaching other writers all that he had learned. Saving his students years of agonizing struggle, frustration, and disappointment.
Your success is what he'd have desired for you. That's what I desire for you now. Please look around this site. It's neither snazzy nor slick. Sharing is my forte, not technological savvy. But I've done my best to put this "out there" for you, and admittedly, for myself as well. To share Gary. Still.
So . . . keep on writing and learning, progressing and growing as you continue along your journey. One day, your dream will come true. Persistence, that's the ticket!
May you dream your dream on,
--Gail Provost Stockwell
P.S. Be sure to check out Gary's VIDEO NOVEL WORKSHOP - now available for download!
SOME OF GARY’S BOOKS:
Instruction for Writers
Gary’s invaluable, easy-to-use handbook helps you solve any and all writing problems — whether you are a student, business person or professional writer. Timeless!
“A crystallization of Gary Provost’s writing wisdom... philosophy made practical.”
—Writer’s Digest Books
Are you an aspiring author? You are, aren't you! Well, here, Gary and Peter examine every secret, every facet of storytelling, from narrative hooks to fulfilling climaxes. With an outstanding array of examples, you can learn to master the cornerstones of great writing. Step by step. (An original Writer's Digest publication, it is now available to writers in ebook format from online booksellers.)
Master techniques of ripping stories from the headlines for fun and profit.
The Freelance Writer's Handbook contains a wealth of information on leads, query letters, markets and making money off of writing. This had been THE little manual for freelancers . . . back in the day.
The most popular of Gary's novels is now available as an eBook. AND is also now an AUDIBLE book. It's hilarious. It's so . . . Gary.
Gary's irreverent look at just about everything. Click to learn how this "underground hit" launched his unstoppable writing career.