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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

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Getting to Know: Karelia Stetz-Waters

Karelia has taught writing for fifteen years, including ten years as tenured faculty at Linn-Benton Community College in Oregon. She loves watching her students find their voices. She believes in the power of writing to transform lives. She writes every day and encourages her students to do the same. Her mantra as a teacher and a… Continue reading Getting to Know: Karelia Stetz-Waters

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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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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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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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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?

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Inside the Writing Academy: with Penny Mickelbury

Penny Mickelbury joins the Writing Academy to share her knowledge, wit, and tips for incorporating a touch of mystery and suspense into your work. Even if you're not a mystery writer, Mickelbury's advice may surprise you. We writers tell stories, and stories are about the lives characters live, and the arc of living a life… Continue reading Inside the Writing Academy: with Penny Mickelbury