Guest Blog

Who Loves Short Shorts?

Flash fiction is making waves in the writing community as writers are discovering the great big pleasure of going small. Publishers are jumping on the excitement wagon, too. Contests, anthologies, and flash fiction classes are popping up all over the place. Even GCLS is on the small ball – Writing Academy Manager Finn Burnett will… Continue reading Who Loves Short Shorts?

Guest Blog

Stories Don’t Write Themselves

By Cynthia Spurr Writing – daydreaming – fictional people have always been swirling around in my mind. It’s so easy and quick to conjure a story. Stories, however, don’t write themselves. Not matter how hard we try. The GCLS Academy is helping me with that last step to complete my novel, and hopefully the next… Continue reading Stories Don’t Write Themselves

A Space of One's Own, Writing Spaces

A Space of One’s Own

In 1929, Virginia Woolf published her (now famous) extended essay, A Room of One's Own (Hogarth Press), which examined the role of money which was used (then, as now) to stifle or empower the creative lives of women (and, let's face it, men, and, well, everyone). Nearly a hundred years on, we reflect on the… Continue reading A Space of One’s Own

alumni news, book release, debut book, Guest Blog

I’m not a downer. Honestly!

Rita Potter discusses writing her debut novel, Broken not Shattered. What I’m about to say might sound silly, but it’s true. I never thought of my writing as being heavy or depressive. One might ask how that could be, since my debut novel is about domestic violence, and my follow-up work is apocalyptic. My education… Continue reading I’m not a downer. Honestly!

Guest Blog

Free Money for future Writing Academy Students!

Got your attention, didn't we? Are you interested in advancing your writing career? Is your writing career just getting started? Read on for more information on how you can apply for one of three scholarships to the Golden Crown Literary Society's Writing Academy. Wanting to do something and not having the money for it just… Continue reading Free Money for future Writing Academy Students!

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Let’s Talk About It: Writing Sex Scenes

In our first installment of Writers In Conversation, authors Karelia Stetz-Waters and Anna Burke talk about writing sex scenes. Buckle up. Things are about to get... interesting. As a caution: this post contains explicit, frank dialog about human anatomy, including language that may not be suitable for some audiences. Discretion is advised. https://youtu.be/7c4tJtYOqqg Writers In… Continue reading Let’s Talk About It: Writing Sex Scenes

Guest Blog, Writing Spaces

Van Life as a Writer

by Feri Tyler My ability to sit down at a desk to write is a bit laughable. My preferred way of "sitting" is well...laying down. Yes, I am one of those gays, *insert eye roll and lopsided smirk. You know, the gay that couldn't sit correctly even if I had on concrete pants.  "Yes, I… Continue reading Van Life as a Writer

Audiobooks, Guest Blog

Audiobooks Aren’t Just Entertainment

by Stacy Miller Imagine you’ve just signed your first book contract, met your publisher in person at a writer’s conference, who responded to your one-minute pitch for your second book over cocktails with “Love it” and “I want it” and later shook hands on the plan for four more. You return home, ready to roll… Continue reading Audiobooks Aren’t Just Entertainment

Guest Blog, Video

Author Karelia Stetz-Waters on Cliteracy and Affirmation

Trigger warning: This article discusses sex and female anatomy and includes a brief mention of spanking. A year ago, on Valentine’s Day 2020 (a few weeks before a sold-out theater would become impossible) I stood up in front of an audience of five-hundred and shared intimate details from my sex life. It was a wonderful… Continue reading Author Karelia Stetz-Waters on Cliteracy and Affirmation