Guest Blog, pride month

What Does Pride Mean to You, Part Three

What Does Pride Mean to You? As pride month draws to a close, we remind ourselves that pride is so much bigger than any one day or month. Pride can be a sense of being. It's community. It's the way we lift one another up--and ourselves--through our words, our gestures, our small acts of courage… Continue reading What Does Pride Mean to You, Part Three

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

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

Inside the Writing Academy: with Finnian Burnett

This week in the WA, we’re talking to Anna Burke about exploding genres and subverting tropes. While tropes can be handy, and who doesn’t love a good friends-to-lovers romance, sometimes a writer needs to step out of the norm and explore their boundaries. Margaret Atwood does this beautifully in her collection “Stone Mattress", a book… Continue reading Inside the Writing Academy: with Finnian Burnett

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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