book release

New Release

We are so excited to announce a new release by Writing Academy graduate, Kate Gavin. Kate Gavin is a native Midwesterner, currently living in Ohio. When not staring at a computer screen for her day job or this writing gig, she spends her free time retrieving items from her thieving dog, wrangling her kiddo, and… Continue reading New Release

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

The GCLS Writing Academy Program

The GCLS Writing Academy is a year-long intensive writing program that takes students on a journey to publish a novel. We start with craft classes on creating compelling first chapters and using plot and structure to develop a plan for the novel. We offer classes on dialogue, point of view, character development, writing diversity, and… Continue reading The GCLS Writing Academy Program

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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

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Scholarship information

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

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

Guest Blog

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

Inside the Writing Academy, Tips and Tricks

Point of View

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

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Writing How?

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?