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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

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Author Interview

Hi Everyone, I had the great fortune to sit down with Ann Roberts and Stacy Lynn Miller to talk about their new releases, their experience with mentoring, and the importance of giving back to the literary community. Check out the interview here! Ann and Stacy interview   After listening to the interview, check out the… Continue reading Author Interview

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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 new 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… Continue reading Author Spotlight – Avery Brooks

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Coming Soon – Author Spotlight on Avery Brooks

Coming this week! We get to sit down with Avery Brooks and talk about her incredible debut novel, Other Girls. Other Girls recently made the LezReview (https://lezreviewbooks.com/lex-list-best-lesbian-books-of-2019/) best books of 2019 and we happen to agree. Other Girls is, at it's heart, a story about learning to trust again and the damage a person can… Continue reading Coming Soon – Author Spotlight on Avery Brooks

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Author Spotlight on Chris Zett

We were thrilled when we found out author and Writing Academy graduate was going to sit down with us to talk about writing and books. We were even more thrilled when we found out a couple days later that Chris won an Elisa Rolles Rainbow Award for her debut novel Irregular Heartbeat (available here) in… Continue reading Author Spotlight on Chris Zett