Inside the Writing Academy

The GCLS Writing Academy Program

The GCLS Writing Academy is a year-long intensive writing program that takes students on a journey to publish a novel. We start with craft classes on creating compelling first chapters and using plot and structure to develop a plan for the novel. We offer classes on dialogue, point of view, character development, writing diversity, and… Continue reading The GCLS Writing Academy Program

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Writing Sex

Welcome back from our administrative break! We came busting back from vacation with a stunning class on writing sex by the inimitable Karelia Stetz-Waters. Karelia led the WA students through the ins and outs of writing sex in a safe, entertaining, and sometimes hilarious class. Of course, we acknowledge that not all authors write sex.… Continue reading Writing Sex

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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

alumni news, writers in conversation

Author Spotlight – Charlotte Paige

The Writing Academy is excited to share 2021 graduate Charlotte Paige and her recent success publishing a short story “Screen Time Up 16%” in Screen Door Review, an online journal for poetry and stories under 1,000 words by queer Southern writers. You can find the story here Charlotte, we’re happy for you and we love… Continue reading Author Spotlight – Charlotte Paige

Guest Blog

Guest Blog Post – Rita Potter and Lori G. Matthews

Today, we're excited to feature a guest post from Writing Academy graduates, Rita Potter and Lori G. Matthews who met during their time in the academy and got together to create an excellent project! Rita Potter: How did two students from the Writing Academy decide to collaborate on a zany superhero story? I’ll let Lori… Continue reading Guest Blog Post – Rita Potter and Lori G. Matthews

Inside the Writing Academy, Tips and Tricks

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