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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:  A full year program for new writers, serious about developing their craft and completing their work-in-progress.  Runs July to July, with delayed start available until the day before online classes begin at the end of August.  (Monthly Payment plans are available in advance of an upcoming Academy).

  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, award winning author on how to improve your 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.
            2016: Washington DC  (Hilton Alexandria at Mark Center
            2017: Chicago, IL  (Crown Plaza O'Hare/Rosemont)
            2018: Las Vegas ?  To be confirmed


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