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Education at GCLS

One of the key mandates of the GCLS mission is to provide educational opportunities related to lesbian literature.  This includes authors, readers, editors, and more.  

The GCLS takes this responsibility seriously and as a result we offer multiple opportunities for everyone - from those who are interested in writing, to those who are experienced, even award winning authors.  We also recognize that there are varying degrees of affordability required, in order to give everyone a chance to learn. 

The GCLS now offers five educational programs:

  1. The GCLS Writing Academy:  The GCLS Writing Academy is a year long intensive program for new or relatively new writers who have written at least part of a novel. In this course, students will learn the critical components of quality writing. The Writing Academy goes beyond craft of writing and takes students through all aspects of writing and publishing a novel.

  2.  The Members Only Video Library: a library of videos of Keynote Speakers, Special Speakers, other guests, general events / presentations from our annual conference, and a series of recorded interviews entitled "The Authors' Salon".  These interviews are fashioned somewhat after the TV show, "The Actor's Studio", where each interview is based on the same set of questions.

  3. The Cate Culpepper Mentoring Program:  This is a free program available to new or newer authors who have a manuscript completed and would like feedback from an experienced  author on how to improve the manuscript before submitting it for publication.
  4. The Annual GCLS Conference:  Our Annual Conference has multiple tracks for writers and for readers.  Our "Writers Track" offers many live classes for new and experienced authors by well known authors and/or professionals who are willing to share their knowledge and expertise with you.  Our "Panels" provide opportunities for readers and authors to learn more about lesbian literature, writing, editing, new technologies and many other topics.  We also offer fun an entertaining panels for our readers based in lesbian literature. Our "Author Spotlight" track, spotlights 5 authors per hour.  Each author does a short reading, and then all authors participate in a Q&A with the audience.  A great opportunity to meet your favorite authors.
            2017: Chicago, IL  (Crown Plaza O'Hare/Rosemont)
            2018: Las Vegas   To be confirmed


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