GCLS is committed to providing first-rate educational opportunities in wlw and trans/non-binary literature. From our scholarships to our payment plans to the annual conference, the GCLS has something for everyone, accessible to everyone. Learning, growing, and sharing in our diverse community is the foundation of this organization. The Education Department offers master classes, mentoring, and a nine-month Writing Academy.
GCLS Writing Academy: A Novel Idea
Whether you're just beginning your writing journey or have published your first novel and are struggling with what to do next, GCLS has a novel-writing program for you!
Writing Academy 1: Skill Building
Our Writing Academy 1 program focuses on skill development. Classes are designed to guide participants through basic topics such as point of view, crafting natural dialogue, and writing believable characters, but also cover more advanced topics such as pitching your novel, revising your manuscript, and more.
Writing Academy 2: Beyond the Basics
Our Writing Academy 2 program assumes you have spent time learning the basics, either through Writing Academy 1 or through outside sources, and are now ready to tackle in-depth explorations of key craft elements and practical skills applications, as well as writing query letters, preparing a synopsis, prepping submission materials, and evaluating publishing options. For graduates of the Writing Academy 1.
Program Timeline and Information
Each program is comprised of approximately 15 students and uses a mix of full-time faculty and honorary guest instructors, all of whom are successfully published authors, to ensure students are getting the most up-to-date and relevant information in all classes.
Programs run from September until June and culminate in extremely valuable one-on-one mentoring with established authors.
Ready to begin your journey of honing the skills necessary to write excellent women-loving-women literature and trans/nonbinary/genderfluid narratives? Click below to apply to the writing academy of your choice.
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