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Scholarship information

The GCLS Writing Academy is always growing, always changing. We’re constantly adding new classes, hiring new instructors, and reading up on current pedagogies to give our students a quality experience in creative writing education. One way we work to improve our program is by offering a variety of scholarships, both full and partial, to make… Continue reading Scholarship information

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Poetry for Fiction Writers

Join us 10/16/2021 when poet Arhm Choi Wild drops by the Writing Academy to share wisdom, laughter, and tips on how fiction writers can venture into the domain of creating poetry. Wild, is a queer, Korean-American poet who grew up in the slam community of Ann Arbor, Michigan, and went on to perform across the… Continue reading Poetry for Fiction Writers

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Writing How?

What the last 18 months has taught me about my craft by Ona Marae I graduated from the Golden Crown Literary Society’s Writing Academy in 2016, at the Washington, DC convention. It was a time of questions. The massacre at the Pulse nightclub in Orlando had been a month before. Extra consideration went into security… Continue reading Writing How?

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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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Author Spotlight – Avery Brooks

I'm so happy to sit down with Avery Brooks today to talk about her time at the GCLS Writing Academy and her book, Other Girls.  (Available at Bywater Books or Amazon.) I loved having Avery in class, so it's even more exciting to be able to talk to her as a published writer. I loved… Continue reading Author Spotlight – Avery Brooks

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A Very Happy Holiday Reading List

The holidays are no longer right around the corner. They're here! And with them, comes a special edition of the Writing Academy blog: A Very Happy Holiday Reading List! No matter how you choose to celebrate the season, snuggling up with a reaffirming book is a surefire way to brighten your spirits & bring cheer… Continue reading A Very Happy Holiday Reading List

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The Art of Showing

This week, the Writing Academy welcomed author, and return instructor, Karelia Stetz-Waters for a class on the art of showing, not telling. When you lay a big information dump on your reader, chances are you're telling. When you put an emphasis on showing action in order to convey the emotions you want your reader to… Continue reading The Art of Showing

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Writing Realistic Dialogue

What the heck is realistic dialogue, and why should you care? This week, Finn Burnett dropped in to answer both questions (and a whole lot more). The purpose of dialogue is to convey information, show relationships, reveal character, and advance your story. Sound easy? Think again. Take, for instance the following dialogue: “I can’t do… Continue reading Writing Realistic Dialogue