"Sometimes 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.”
--Writer’s Digest.

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.

GARY'S LEGACY continues to inspire new generations of students and instructors--

WRITERS RETREAT WORKSHOP (WRW) - Now in its 31st year.
MAY 22-31, 2018
Boise, Idaho
(See our Quick Link, left column.)

2018 Featured Guest Instructor: DAVID CORBETT, regular contributor to the esteemed writer's blog, WRITERS, UNBOXED, author of THE ART OF CHARACTER as well as numerous award-winning contemporary crime fiction--short stories, and articles on craft.

Directed by Gary's protege, Carol "Doc" Dougherty.
Autumn 2017 program featured LISA CRON (of TED TALKS fame)--author of the revolutionary WIRED FOR STORY: The Writer's Guide to Using Brain Science to Hook Readers from the Very First Sentence; and STORY GENIUS.


This needs to be stated: Gary understood you. Who you are as a writer. Who you need to be as a writer. I'm so glad you found your way here because I honestly believe the more you learn about Gary, and the more you learn from him, the more you will understand not just about writing, but also about yourself.


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 see his writing dreams come true. Along the path of earning a living as a full-time freelance writer, he discovered another, pivotal skill: teaching other writers all that he had learned down there in the trenches--saving his students years of agonizing struggle, frustration, and disappointment.

Your success is what he'd have desired for you. Please look around this site. It's neither snazzy nor slick. But I've done my best to put Gary's legacy "out there." For you.

May you dream your dream on,
--Gail Provost Stockwell

P.S. Be sure to check out Gary's VIDEO NOVEL WORKSHOP courses - now available for download!