Life is an experiment. So is writing a novel.


For the first time, critically-acclaimed writers and Book Whisperers, Ayn & Samuel Gailey, are offering their inspiring guidance and resources directly to first-time novelists through their Online Novel Lab and an exclusive in-person Novel Lab Workshop on Orcas Island. Their work has been praised by The New York Times, Esquire, Publishers Weekly, Kirkus Reviews, Library Journal, GoodReads, Stephen King, and editors at Penguin, Harper Collins, Running Press & Random House. Their most recent publishing project (Lenny Dykstra: Memoir of A Life on The Edge) made it to the New York Times, USA Today and Publishers Weekly bestseller lists.

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Ayn & Sam helped me find the heart of my story and guided me through the writing and publishing process with expertise, passion and a lot of patience. Without them, my book would not have made it onto the New York Times Bestseller list.
— Lenny Dykstra: Memoir of Life on the Edge (Harper Collins 2016)
Tough, straight, upsetting, and strangely beautiful. One of the best sports autobiographies I’ve ever read. It comes from the heart.
— Author Stephen King on "Memoir Of Life On The Edge"
Novel Lab was just what I needed to move my writing project forward. I started the group with an unwieldy amount of raw material and by the end, I had a much better grasp on the story I wanted to tell and the tools to structure it. In their workshops and private sessions, Sam and Ayn listen deeply to each participant. . .while offering wise insights to help create engaging stories.
— Theresa H.
With Ayn’s guidance and editing help on my book proposal I was able to hone the concept for my book and sign with a top book agent. She’s an amazing editor and makes the process fun.
— Shannon Bindler, Stylist & Blogger
Gailey’s “Deep Winter” is enthralling and suspenseful, like a Michael Connelly or Lee Child crime novel, but more elegantly written.
— Esquire Magazine
Ayn & Sam are unique and rare. They can write their own riveting books while also helping other writers create and complete their own stories, no matter how complex. They are also a pleasure to work with.
— Amy Schiffman, literary manager/partner, IPG (Dennis Lehane, Don Delillo, James Ellroy, Michael Connelly, Richard Russo, James Lee Burke, Sue Grafton)
“Deep Winter” by Samuel W. Gailey is beautifully written...
— The New York Times
Novel Lab has been instrumental in helping me understand how structure, character, and themes intersect to create a powerful story. Sam and Ayn are inspiring, motivating mentors... They have reawakened in me the deep, sleeping passion to start writing again and find my true spirit. I am forever grateful to them...
— Charles S.
Gailey’s work is…so brilliantly done, so artfully underwritten with not a word wasted…
— Booklist
Gailey writes visually, rendering characters and action both vivid and alive.
— Kirkus
Skillfully blending memoir and investigative journalism, Ayn Gailey tells a story with hilarious, self-deprecating wit and extreme honesty...
— Library Journal


Exclusive in-person workshops for 5 to 10 writers hosted on Orcas Island in the Pacific Northwest.  We are also excited to announce that an online video course is also now available for download for those not able to attend or afford in-person help with their projects. Sliding scale and scholarship spots available for all sessions.

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