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How it All Started

Post originally appeared on http://www.klgallagher.com, August 2021 Opportunity has a way of poking its head out when you least expect it. For me, it happened in July 2020. I was doom scrolling on Facebook when I came across an auction to help a Lesfic author in need of a medical procedure. Numerous wonderfully supportive Lesfic… Continue reading How it All Started

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

book release, Guest Blog

Guest Blog: Ann Roberts

Several years ago during my tenure as an educational consultant, I was sitting in a classroom watching an excellent teacher engage every student in her room. They volunteered answers, respectfully commented on each other’s opinions and seemed genuinely thrilled about learning. No one acted out and no one refused to do what the teacher asked.… Continue reading Guest Blog: Ann Roberts

book release, Guest Blog, Inside the Writing Academy, pride month, writers in conversation

Q&A Three-way with Tagan, Kate, & Cade

Three current Writing Academy students, Tagan Shepard, Kate Gavin, and Cade Haddock Strong, have stories in Bella Books’s upcoming romantic anthology, Save the Date. They’re here to answer questions about all things anthology, including what it was like to be part of Save the Date. Why an anthology? TS: We started this project in the… Continue reading Q&A Three-way with Tagan, Kate, & Cade

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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

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An Unpublished Writer’s Legitimacy?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

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

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

Guest Blog

Inside the Writing Academy: Luci Dreamer

Hi, my name is Luci Dreamer and I am a self-published author. My love of writing goes back to elementary school where I was always the last one to put away my writing journal after lunch. In high school, I enjoyed writing short stories and poems for our school’s literary magazine. It wasn’t until I… Continue reading Inside the Writing Academy: Luci Dreamer