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
Happy Holidays to everyone who celebrates a holiday this month. It's winter here on our side of the world which is a perfect reason to curl up with a cup of hot tea, a soft blanket, and a great book! Feel free to let us know your favorite holiday books. Meanwhile, we'll be over here… Continue reading Happy Holidays
The GCLS Writing Academy is always growing, always changing. We’re constantly adding new classes, hiring new instructors, and reading up on current pedagogies to give our students a quality experience in creative writing education. One way we work to improve our program is by offering a variety of scholarships, both full and partial, to make… Continue reading Scholarship information
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
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
This week, we're talking about point of view in the writing academy. Choosing the point of view for your novel is sometimes the hardest decision to make. Do you want to stay in the head of your main character? Do you want to switch back and forth between two? Are you looking for an up-close… Continue reading Point of View
Anna Burke will be joining the WA this week to teach about the beats of a romance novel. Structure is important in any novel, but the beats of a romance are different from the journeys and plot points of other works. After all, a romance should have, at the very least, a meet-cute and a first… Continue reading Love Is In the Air!
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?
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
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