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

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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

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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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Coming Soon

Author and Writing Academy graduate Karen Richard will be on hand to discuss her Goldie-award winning book, Women of the Year, her recent appearance at the GCLS members-only book club, and her upcoming, very strange new project. We're looking forward to having a cup of Gay AF coffee with this delightfully funny author!   The… Continue reading Coming Soon

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Author Spotlight – C.L. Taylor

C.L. Taylor sat down with me today to talk about her writing process, her time with the Writing Academy, and the glorious freedom in writing speculative fiction. Thank you for taking the time to talk with me today. I have an extremely important question – were you the coolest person in your graduating class?  … Continue reading Author Spotlight – C.L. Taylor

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Coming Soon – C.L. Taylor

Coming this week - the author spotlight is on C.L. Taylor. We happen to adore C.L. She's brilliant, talented, and weird. (In a good way!)   C.L will be talking about her time in the Writing Academy, her writing process, and the enduring friendships she's made through the program. I'll also be asking her about… Continue reading Coming Soon – C.L. Taylor

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Author Spotlight – Melissa Brayden

We usually shine the GCLS Writing Academy Spotlight on graduates of the program, but this month, we're happy and excited to welcome a special guest. Melissa Brayden is a mentor and instructor for the GCLS Writing Academy. She is also a multi-award winning author of romance books, a NYC theater aficionado, and an all-around kind… Continue reading Author Spotlight – Melissa Brayden

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Author Spotlight on Jody Klaire

First, a disclaimer. I'm a huge fan of Jody Klaire, both as a person and as a writer. She is immensely talented in a lot of different ways. I sat down to talk about her time with the Writing Academy and about some of her recent work. Let’s jump right in with your book La… Continue reading Author Spotlight on Jody Klaire