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How it All Started

Post originally appeared on http://www.klgallagher.com, August 2021 Opportunity has a way of poking its head out when you least expect it. For me, it happened in July 2020. I was doom scrolling on Facebook when I came across an auction to help a Lesfic author in need of a medical procedure. Numerous wonderfully supportive Lesfic… Continue reading How it All Started

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Stranger Than Fiction

The old saying, “Life is Stranger than Fiction”, epitomizes my journey this past year. Some days I’m still not sure any of this is real, or if I’m going to sadly wake up from this incredible dream. One year ago today, I discovered GCLS and soon after was accepted into the GCLS Writing Academy 2021.… Continue reading Stranger Than Fiction

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Guest Blog: Ann Roberts

Several years ago during my tenure as an educational consultant, I was sitting in a classroom watching an excellent teacher engage every student in her room. They volunteered answers, respectfully commented on each other’s opinions and seemed genuinely thrilled about learning. No one acted out and no one refused to do what the teacher asked.… Continue reading Guest Blog: Ann Roberts

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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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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

Guest Blog, Inside the Writing Academy, Let's Talk About It

An Unpublished Writer’s Legitimacy?

by Joy Van Stralen Today’s blog post will be a little different. The Writing Academy administration asked me, a Writing Academy graduate, to provide an insight into someone who graduated but did not go on to publication. I did complete a manuscript during my year with the WA, but I never completed revisions nor submitted… Continue reading An Unpublished Writer’s Legitimacy?