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

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

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

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Author Spotlight – Avery Brooks

I'm so happy to sit down with Avery Brooks today to talk about her time at the GCLS Writing Academy and her book, Other Girls.  (Available at Bywater Books or Amazon.) I loved having Avery in class, so it's even more exciting to be able to talk to her as a published writer. I loved… Continue reading Author Spotlight – Avery Brooks

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Author Interview

Hi Everyone, I had the great fortune to sit down with Ann Roberts and Stacy Lynn Miller to talk about their new releases, their experience with mentoring, and the importance of giving back to the literary community. Check out the interview here! Ann and Stacy interview   After listening to the interview, check out the… Continue reading Author Interview

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Coming Soon – Author Spotlight on Avery Brooks

Coming this week! We get to sit down with Avery Brooks and talk about her incredible debut novel, Other Girls. Other Girls recently made the LezReview (https://lezreviewbooks.com/lex-list-best-lesbian-books-of-2019/) best books of 2019 and we happen to agree. Other Girls is, at it's heart, a story about learning to trust again and the damage a person can… Continue reading Coming Soon – Author Spotlight on Avery Brooks

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Author Spotlight on Chris Zett

We were thrilled when we found out author and Writing Academy graduate was going to sit down with us to talk about writing and books. We were even more thrilled when we found out a couple days later that Chris won an Elisa Rolles Rainbow Award for her debut novel Irregular Heartbeat (available here) in… Continue reading Author Spotlight on Chris Zett