Inside the Writing Academy

Mentoring

All of our students have now gone into the mentoring portion of the Writing Academy. This means we've had all our craft of writing classes, the students have turned over the first fifty pages and a synopsis to their mentors, and the WA admin is turning our attention to setting the schedule for next year.… Continue reading Mentoring

Inside the Writing Academy

New Scholarship

The GCLS Writing Academy is excited to announce a new scholarship to our intensive online writing program. The Next-Gen Scholarship is funded by a private donor and is meant to help a young writer with full tuition to the GCLS Writing Academy. This tuition is merit-based and will require submission of a 7-10 page sample… Continue reading New Scholarship

Inside the Writing Academy

I Want What I Want

This week, we were thrilled to welcome back one of our regular instructors, Sheree L. Greer to talk about the differences between what your characters want, need, and desire. This generative session got the students writing again. More, it allowed them to do deep dives into their characters and come out with even more intense… Continue reading I Want What I Want

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Fear of Public Author Readings

The past two weeks at the GCLS Writing Academy have been all about class readings. After our excellent class with Melissa Brayden, each student in the WA have had an opportunity to give their own five minute reading. For some, this was their first time doing a public reading. It can be easy to get… Continue reading Fear of Public Author Readings

Guest Blog

Guest Post – Addison Clarke

Hello, friends! My name is Addison Clarke, and I am a 2020 graduate of the GCLS writing academy. When I started the writing academy, I had no idea what to expect. I had written a few novels, but they weren’t very well written. But I had a dream of holding my own novel in my… Continue reading Guest Post – Addison Clarke

Writing Spaces

Ekphrastic Writing

Ekphrastic writing means, essentially, writing about a piece of art. Ekphrastic writing is having a resurgence lately and it's so easy to get involved. If you've never written a piece of Ekphrastic writing, check out this poem by Writing Academy graduate August van Stralen in the Ekphrastic Journal. If you want to get started writing… Continue reading Ekphrastic Writing

Inside the Writing Academy

Giving an Author Reading

Coming up next week at the Writing Academy, we are so excited to have author, performer, and all around great person, Melissa Brayden talking to the class about giving an author reading. Melissa walks participants through the important concept of nailing that author reading every time. (Even if you're an introvert!) After Melissa's class, we… Continue reading Giving an Author Reading

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Writing Sex

Welcome back from our administrative break! We came busting back from vacation with a stunning class on writing sex by the inimitable Karelia Stetz-Waters. Karelia led the WA students through the ins and outs of writing sex in a safe, entertaining, and sometimes hilarious class. Of course, we acknowledge that not all authors write sex.… Continue reading Writing Sex