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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?

alumni news, book release, Guest Blog

Stranger Than Fiction

The old saying, “Life is Stranger than Fiction”, epitomizes my journey this past year. Some days I’m still not sure any of this is real, or if I’m going to sadly wake up from this incredible dream. One year ago today, I discovered GCLS and soon after was accepted into the GCLS Writing Academy 2021.… Continue reading Stranger Than Fiction

alumni news, book release, Guest Blog, Inside the Writing Academy

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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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

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Author Spotlight on Karen Richard

This month, I was lucky enough to sit down with Karen Richard in person to interview her for the Writing Academy blog. Karen won a Goldie Award for her incredible collection of short stories, Women of the Year. She recently appear at the GCLS members-only online book club to discuss that collection. Today, we got… Continue reading Author Spotlight on Karen Richard