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Point of View

This week, we're talking about point of view in the writing academy. Choosing the point of view for your novel is sometimes the hardest decision to make. Do you want to stay in the head of your main character? Do you want to switch back and forth between two? Are you looking for an up-close… Continue reading Point of View

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Love Is In the Air!

Anna Burke will be joining the WA this week to teach about the beats of a romance novel. Structure is important in any novel, but the beats of a romance are different from the journeys and plot points of other works. After all, a romance should have, at the very least, a meet-cute and a first… Continue reading Love Is In the Air!

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Conflicted: The Art of Crafting Tension, Challenges, and Uncertainty

This week, author Sheree L. Greer joins the Writing Academy to discuss the craft of adding conflict to your story. Conflict is arguably the most important dramatic device used to drive narratives. Conflict keeps a reader guessing whether a challenge will be met, a goal will be achieved, or a character will be able to… Continue reading Conflicted: The Art of Crafting Tension, Challenges, and Uncertainty

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Getting Flashed

Writing Flash Fiction Workshop | Guest Blog by Finnian Burnett This week in the GCLS Writing Academy, I’m giving a workshop on flash fiction. I’m enamored with flash and not just because I’m an instant gratification person. (Though that is certainly true.) I love the brevity. I love being forced to develop a character in… Continue reading Getting Flashed

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Writing Diverse Characters

The Writing Academy was excited to have Tagan Shepard (she/her) give a special class to our students on Writing Diverse Characters. As the GCLS Director of Diversity and Inclusion, Tagan takes seriously the idea of educating writers and helping writers educate themselves when writing about experiences outside of their own lived reality.  Tagan talked to… Continue reading Writing Diverse Characters

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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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The One-on-One Difference You’ll Get at the Writing Academy

As a student at the Golden Crown Literary Society's Writing Academy, you'll have access to an amazing education. You'll also have the opportunity to gain one-on-one mentorship through the Academy's unique mentorship program, which pairs you with an experienced author who will read your work, provide thoughtful feedback, and answer your questions as you continue… Continue reading The One-on-One Difference You’ll Get at the Writing Academy

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Getting to Know: Cas Taylor

Cas Taylor (she/her, they/them) is an award-winning Pacific Northwest-based queer indigenous creator with ties to the Nisqually Valley and the Iñupiat people of Alaska's north slope. They are also the Writing Academy's creative content consultant. They grew up in Olympia, WA, where long soggy weekends meant days spent inside watching old films on a small… Continue reading Getting to Know: Cas Taylor

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Getting to Know: Joy Van Stralen

Joy Van Stralen lives in the interior of British Columbia with her wife and their cat, Lordo Gordo. An avid mucker-abouter, Joy dabbles in a lot of things that pique her interest. When she comes across something excellent, she sticks to it, which is how she became the Writing Academy video manager years ago. Joy graduated from… Continue reading Getting to Know: Joy Van Stralen

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Getting to Know: Finnian Burnett

Finnian Burnett is a professor, a writer, and a lifelong learner. They’re a doctoral student at Murray State University and an MFA instructor with Southern New Hampshire University. Finn has run the Golden Crown Literary Society’s Writing Academy since 2015 and served as the Director of Education for several years. Under their former name, Beth… Continue reading Getting to Know: Finnian Burnett