Guest Blog, pride month

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

Guest Blog, pride month

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!

alumni news, book release, Guest Blog, Inside the Writing Academy

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

alumni news, Guest Blog

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An Unpublished Writer’s Legitimacy?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complete a manuscript during my year with the WA, but I never completed revisions nor submitted… Continue reading An Unpublished Writer’s Legitimacy?

Guest Blog, Tips and Tricks

You’ve Been Blocked

by Finn Burnett WHAT TO TRY WHEN YOU'RE BLOCKED When that happens, sometimes the best thing to do is take a short break. After the break, come back to your work ready to roll up your sleeves and get back to it.  Writer’s block, like death and taxes, happens. We get wrapped up in our… Continue reading You’ve Been Blocked

alumni news, Guest Blog

What Is it Like to a Goldie Finalist?

by Luci Dreamer Last year, at the prodding of some very sweet fanfic readers, I revised my epic Klondike Gold Rush journey, Heart of Gold, into an original book. Feeling confident I had written something a wider audience would want to read, I submitted it to two different publishers, but both passed on it.  I… Continue reading What Is it Like to a Goldie Finalist?

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

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!