Inside the Writing Academy

Literary Conferences

We're so excited to talk about the GCLS literary conference in Albuquerque, New Mexico this year. The Golden Crown Literary Society will host folks from all over the world as they gather to talk about women-loving-women, non-binary, trans, queer literature. Image description: Hot air balloons with "join us in Albuquerque GCLS annual conference July 6-July… Continue reading Literary Conferences

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Mentoring

All of our students have now gone into the mentoring portion of the Writing Academy. This means we've had all our craft of writing classes, the students have turned over the first fifty pages and a synopsis to their mentors, and the WA admin is turning our attention to setting the schedule for next year.… Continue reading Mentoring

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New Scholarship

The GCLS Writing Academy is excited to announce a new scholarship to our intensive online writing program. The Next-Gen Scholarship is funded by a private donor and is meant to help a young writer with full tuition to the GCLS Writing Academy. This tuition is merit-based and will require submission of a 7-10 page sample… Continue reading New Scholarship

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I Want What I Want

This week, we were thrilled to welcome back one of our regular instructors, Sheree L. Greer to talk about the differences between what your characters want, need, and desire. This generative session got the students writing again. More, it allowed them to do deep dives into their characters and come out with even more intense… Continue reading I Want What I Want

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Fear of Public Author Readings

The past two weeks at the GCLS Writing Academy have been all about class readings. After our excellent class with Melissa Brayden, each student in the WA have had an opportunity to give their own five minute reading. For some, this was their first time doing a public reading. It can be easy to get… Continue reading Fear of Public Author Readings

Guest Blog

Guest Post – Addison Clarke

Hello, friends! My name is Addison Clarke, and I am a 2020 graduate of the GCLS writing academy. When I started the writing academy, I had no idea what to expect. I had written a few novels, but they weren’t very well written. But I had a dream of holding my own novel in my… Continue reading Guest Post – Addison Clarke

book release

New Release

We are so excited to announce a new release by Writing Academy graduate, Kate Gavin. Kate Gavin is a native Midwesterner, currently living in Ohio. When not staring at a computer screen for her day job or this writing gig, she spends her free time retrieving items from her thieving dog, wrangling her kiddo, and… Continue reading New Release

Writing Spaces

Ekphrastic Writing

Ekphrastic writing means, essentially, writing about a piece of art. Ekphrastic writing is having a resurgence lately and it's so easy to get involved. If you've never written a piece of Ekphrastic writing, check out this poem by Writing Academy graduate August van Stralen in the Ekphrastic Journal. If you want to get started writing… Continue reading Ekphrastic Writing

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Giving an Author Reading

Coming up next week at the Writing Academy, we are so excited to have author, performer, and all around great person, Melissa Brayden talking to the class about giving an author reading. Melissa walks participants through the important concept of nailing that author reading every time. (Even if you're an introvert!) After Melissa's class, we… Continue reading Giving an Author Reading

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The GCLS Writing Academy Program

The GCLS Writing Academy is a year-long intensive writing program that takes students on a journey to publish a novel. We start with craft classes on creating compelling first chapters and using plot and structure to develop a plan for the novel. We offer classes on dialogue, point of view, character development, writing diversity, and… Continue reading The GCLS Writing Academy Program