Graduation, Video

The Graduating Class of 2021 Has Something to Say

https://youtu.be/qhNE2L00buY

alumni news, book release, Guest Blog, Inside the Writing Academy

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

alumni news, Guest Blog

The Dream of Becoming a Better Writer

by Kimberly Cooper Griffin Was it really only three years ago that I graduated from the GCLS Writing Academy? I can’t tell you how much I miss those Saturday morning classes where I hung out with my writer friends and learned about writing from some of the best authors out there. Woman in dress and… Continue reading The Dream of Becoming a Better Writer

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An Unpublished Writer’s Legitimacy?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complete a manuscript during my year with the WA, but I never completed revisions nor submitted… Continue reading An Unpublished Writer’s Legitimacy?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

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

alumni news, book release, debut book, Guest Blog

I’m not a downer. Honestly!

Rita Potter discusses writing her debut novel, Broken not Shattered. What I’m about to say might sound silly, but it’s true. I never thought of my writing as being heavy or depressive. One might ask how that could be, since my debut novel is about domestic violence, and my follow-up work is apocalyptic. My education… Continue reading I’m not a downer. Honestly!

Events

#WritingCommunity

Writing is a solitary activity, but even the most introverted of writers has to come out of their isolation occasionally for support, sustenance, and supper. Community can mean different things for people. For a group of students from a previous Writing Academy class, it means weekly video writing dates. For others, it means a built-in… Continue reading #WritingCommunity

Inside the Writing Academy

Inside the Writing Academy: with Penny Mickelbury

Penny Mickelbury joins the Writing Academy to share her knowledge, wit, and tips for incorporating a touch of mystery and suspense into your work. Even if you're not a mystery writer, Mickelbury's advice may surprise you. We writers tell stories, and stories are about the lives characters live, and the arc of living a life… Continue reading Inside the Writing Academy: with Penny Mickelbury