Guest Blog, Inside the Writing Academy, Let's Talk About It

An Unpublished Writer’s Legitimacy?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complete a manuscript during my year with the WA, but I never completed revisions nor submitted… Continue reading An Unpublished Writer’s Legitimacy?

Guest Blog, Tips and Tricks

You’ve Been Blocked

by Finn Burnett WHAT TO TRY WHEN YOU'RE BLOCKED When that happens, sometimes the best thing to do is take a short break. After the break, come back to your work ready to roll up your sleeves and get back to it.  Writer’s block, like death and taxes, happens. We get wrapped up in our… Continue reading You’ve Been Blocked

alumni news, Guest Blog

What Is it Like to a Goldie Finalist?

by Luci Dreamer Last year, at the prodding of some very sweet fanfic readers, I revised my epic Klondike Gold Rush journey, Heart of Gold, into an original book. Feeling confident I had written something a wider audience would want to read, I submitted it to two different publishers, but both passed on it.  I… Continue reading What Is it Like to a Goldie Finalist?

Guest Blog

Who Loves Short Shorts?

Flash fiction is making waves in the writing community as writers are discovering the great big pleasure of going small. Publishers are jumping on the excitement wagon, too. Contests, anthologies, and flash fiction classes are popping up all over the place. Even GCLS is on the small ball – Writing Academy Manager Finn Burnett will… Continue reading Who Loves Short Shorts?

Guest Blog

Stories Don’t Write Themselves

By Cynthia Spurr Writing – daydreaming – fictional people have always been swirling around in my mind. It’s so easy and quick to conjure a story. Stories, however, don’t write themselves. Not matter how hard we try. The GCLS Academy is helping me with that last step to complete my novel, and hopefully the next… Continue reading Stories Don’t Write Themselves

A Space of One's Own, Writing Spaces

A Space of One’s Own

In 1929, Virginia Woolf published her (now famous) extended essay, A Room of One's Own (Hogarth Press), which examined the role of money which was used (then, as now) to stifle or empower the creative lives of women (and, let's face it, men, and, well, everyone). Nearly a hundred years on, we reflect on the… Continue reading A Space of One’s Own

alumni news, book release, debut book, Guest Blog

I’m not a downer. Honestly!

Rita Potter discusses writing her debut novel, Broken not Shattered. What I’m about to say might sound silly, but it’s true. I never thought of my writing as being heavy or depressive. One might ask how that could be, since my debut novel is about domestic violence, and my follow-up work is apocalyptic. My education… Continue reading I’m not a downer. Honestly!

Guest Blog

Free Money for future Writing Academy Students!

Got your attention, didn't we? Are you interested in advancing your writing career? Is your writing career just getting started? Read on for more information on how you can apply for one of three scholarships to the Golden Crown Literary Society's Writing Academy. Wanting to do something and not having the money for it just… Continue reading Free Money for future Writing Academy Students!

Let's Talk About It, Video, writers in conversation

Let’s Talk About It: Writing Sex Scenes

In our first installment of Writers In Conversation, authors Karelia Stetz-Waters and Anna Burke talk about writing sex scenes. Buckle up. Things are about to get... interesting. As a caution: this post contains explicit, frank dialog about human anatomy, including language that may not be suitable for some audiences. Discretion is advised. https://youtu.be/7c4tJtYOqqg Writers In… Continue reading Let’s Talk About It: Writing Sex Scenes

Guest Blog, Writing Spaces

Van Life as a Writer

by Feri Tyler My ability to sit down at a desk to write is a bit laughable. My preferred way of "sitting" is well...laying down. Yes, I am one of those gays, *insert eye roll and lopsided smirk. You know, the gay that couldn't sit correctly even if I had on concrete pants.  "Yes, I… Continue reading Van Life as a Writer