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One Proposal Form For All Presentation Types

This year, we have tried to simplify the process to propose a Writing Class (1 or 2 hour), a Panel or Presentation by putting all types into one form. If you would like to propose more than one type of presentation, you can do it on the same form, or you can submit one and then start again with the same form to submit a second.

Writing Classes  (Previously Master Classes and Sessions)

In previous years, we have listed these as "Master Classes" (2 hours) and "Sessions" (1 hour).  We learned that people who were interested in becoming writers, or who were relatively new authors, assumed that they couldn't attend a master class, because it was just for "the masters"...  Therefore, we felt that we should try to rename the Track and the presentations in it.  We have therefore renamed it "The Writing Track", and the classes will just be called "Writing Classes".  Some are 2 hours and will have a "Part 1" and "Part 2".  The rest are 1 hour classes. Everyone is welcome - from those who are thinking about writing, to those who are advanced in their career.

2-hour classes are two 50-minute periods with a 10-minute break; 1-hour classes are one 50-minute period.

A microphone and podium are provided, as well as a computer, projector and screen.  If you need additional resources, please be sure to include this information in your proposal.

Presenters who have Powerpoint slides are required to submit their final version one week prior to the conference, to be installed on the presentation room’s computer.  If you have special needs that require you to use your own computer, please notify Judy Comella in advance (no later than June 15th) at

All Writing Classes are video-recorded and made available to our Members and to the public for a viewing fee. Presenters will be asked to sign an agreement allowing the GCLS to use the recording for this purpose and for teaching purposes.  The presenter retains all rights to Intellectual Property.  The GCLS only wishes the right to ownership of the video, which we make available to you as the presenter on an unlimited basis.  For more information on this, please contact Ann Roberts at


We have two Tracks with Panels:  (1) Panels & Presentations; and (2) Panels.  The first is a combination of one hour panels and one hour presentations, primarily of interest to readers, but also of interest to authors and editors.  See below for more information on Presentations.  The second track is all panels - again, of interest to both readers and authors.

A panel consists of a moderator and a panel of 4 or 5 panelists.  GCLS strives for diversity of experience and opinion amongst panelists so as to create opportunities for good discussion.  We look for both experienced and new authors; readers; authors published by publishers as well as indie and self-published authors; if there are multiple authors published by publishers, then we seek to get representation from multiple publishing houses; we also seek diversity in culture, custom, race, and more wherever possible.

TOPICS:  This year, we are focusing on Diversity, Reader Engagement, Reader Education, Author Education, and Entertainment/humor.

PANELISTS:  We will be putting out a call for panelists, who will select the accepted panels that they believe they are qualified to participate on. Panelists can only participate on one panel.  If all requests have been met and there are still unfilled spaces, then we will consider offering a second panel to those qualified in the subject areas needed. If you wish to propose panelists for the proposed panel, you are welcome to do so - HOWEVER, the proposed panelists will be treated as recommendations only (i.e. do not assume that they will be accepted).  If you wish to recommend panelists, please ensure you follow the guidelines listed above for diversity.   We will try to accommodate your request, but make no guarantees.

NOTE: If you choose to work with your proposed panelists to plan your panel in advance of being accepted, please be sure to inform them of the potential for change on the panel, and check whether any of your panelists are already on another panel, and that your selection of panelists meets the above requirements, in order for your selection to be considered.

All Moderators and Panelists must be willing to be available as of 1pm on Wednesday, July 6th until the schedule has been finalized.



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