Inside the Writing Academy

Getting to Know: Anna Burke

Anna Burke is the Writing Academy Director of Education. She is also the award-winning author of Compass Rose, Thorn, Nottingham, Night Tide, and Spindrift. Her latest novel, Sea Wolf, will be released by Bywater Books in July 2021. She teaches creative writing at Emerson College, where she received her MFA. When she is not reading,… Continue reading Getting to Know: Anna Burke

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Getting to Know: Sheree L. Greer

Let's give a warm welcome to Sheree L. Greer! Sheree will be joining the Writing Academy during the 2021-2022 academic year! Sheree L. Greer is a text-based artist and educator living in Tampa, Florida. She is a Yaddo and Ragdale Rubin Fellow, Astraea Lesbian Foundation grantee, and is the author of two novels, Let the Lover Be (a Rainbow… Continue reading Getting to Know: Sheree L. Greer

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The Graduating Class of 2021 Has Something to Say

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What Does Pride Mean to You, Part Three

What Does Pride Mean to You? As pride month draws to a close, we remind ourselves that pride is so much bigger than any one day or month. Pride can be a sense of being. It's community. It's the way we lift one another up--and ourselves--through our words, our gestures, our small acts of courage… Continue reading What Does Pride Mean to You, Part Three

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Q&A Three-way with Tagan, Kate, & Cade

Three current Writing Academy students, Tagan Shepard, Kate Gavin, and Cade Haddock Strong, have stories in Bella Books’s upcoming romantic anthology, Save the Date. They’re here to answer questions about all things anthology, including what it was like to be part of Save the Date. Why an anthology? TS: We started this project in the… Continue reading Q&A Three-way with Tagan, Kate, & Cade

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Giving Back and Looking Forward

During this Pride month, the Writing Academy wants to take time to recognize the generosity of our graduates. So many of our past students have come back to offer their time to the Writing Academy and to each other.  Giving back to emerging writers is important. Everyone at the academy spends time mentoring other writers… Continue reading Giving Back and Looking Forward

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What Does Pride Mean to You, Part Two

What Does Pride Mean to You? We loved the last pride blog post so much, we decided we had to do another one. Pride has meant so much to so many people and the responses we got to our question ranged from sweet and funny to deep and intensely personal.  We asked more Writing Academy… Continue reading What Does Pride Mean to You, Part Two

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Happy Pride Month 2021!

What Does Pride Mean to Us? The year, the GCLS Writing Academy instructors, mentors, guest speakers, and graduates to give us a brief statement on what pride means to them. We’re loving the answers and we wanted to add one of our own. To the Writing Academy, pride means giving LGBTQI+ people the tools to… Continue reading Happy Pride Month 2021!

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Finding the Rest of My Character with Writing Academy

by Tagan Shepard I decided to enroll in GCLS Writing Academy because I knew I had more to learn. I published my first novel, Visiting Hours, with Bella Books in 2017. It was good and my editor made it even better. Each of the four books I’ve published since have been better than the last.… Continue reading Finding the Rest of My Character with Writing Academy

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The Dream of Becoming a Better Writer

by Kimberly Cooper Griffin Was it really only three years ago that I graduated from the GCLS Writing Academy? I can’t tell you how much I miss those Saturday morning classes where I hung out with my writer friends and learned about writing from some of the best authors out there. Woman in dress and… Continue reading The Dream of Becoming a Better Writer