Thursday Schedule - 2016







Terrace Room

Vendor Area

Plaza C

Focus: Writers (ALL invited)

General Sessions

Plaza B

Focus: Readers & Writers

Plaza A

Focus:  Readers & Writers

The Arbors Other Venues/Interests
8:30am  -  9:20am  Vendor Area


Registration Open

8:30am - 6:00pm











Vendor Area


Registration Open

8:30am - 6:00pm












Vendor Area


Registration Open

8:30am - 6:00pm

Boring to Best Selling: How to Take Your Author Readings to the Next Level

- Melissa Brayden and Carleen Spry


What Messages are We Getting From LesFic Covers?

Moderator:  Andi Marquette

Panelists: Jove Belle, Siri Caldwell, Liz Gibson, Ann McMan, Bev Prescott


Love Laced With Danger: The Allure of Romantic Intrigue

Moderator:  Cindy Rizzo

Panelists:  KG MacGregor, Laydin Michaels, Radclyffe, Melissa Price

Author Spotlights 

Thalia Chase
JD Glass
Micheala Lynn
Kenna White

Moderator: Wis Wiswell


9:30am  -  10:20am

Technology Can Be Your Friend: Writing, Research & Productivity Tools

- Cindy Rizzo

Self Care for Writers and Those who Love Them


- Beth Burnett & Karen Richard

Science Fiction and Social Justice

Moderator:  Mary Griggs

Panelists: Jewelle Gomez, Elizabeth Hodge, Lise MacTague, MB Panichi, Tiffany Shamaly

Author Spotlights 

Georgia Beers
Barbara Clanton
JL Gaynor
Rachel Spangler
Nell Stark

Moderator: Catherine Maiorisi

Sponsor: Anne Geary

10:20am  -  10:40am BREAK with SNACKS - Sponsored by JUDY COMELLA
10:40am  -  11:30am

Sense and Sensibility: Cultural Competence in Lesbian Literature

with Special Guest DeAngela Cooks;       Facilitated by Cheryl Head


Sponsors: Carleen Spry & Liz Gibson



Weirdly Queer

Moderator: Karen Badger

Panelists: Marie Castle, JL Gaynor, D. Jackson Leigh, Connie Ward

Author Spotlights 

Cd Cain
Suzie Carr
KC Richardson
Jody Valley

Moderator:  Elaine Mulligan-Lynch

11:40am  -  12:30pm

YA - NA:  What's the Diff?

Moderator:  Caren Werlinger

Panelists:  Barb Clanton, Rachel Gold, Liz McMullen, Nell Stark

Author Spotlights

Liz McMullen
VK Powell
Ann Roberts

Moderator: Elaine Mulligan-Lynch

12:30pm  -  1:30pm LUNCH - Win a chance to lunch with your favorite author!
Buffet Lunch served in hallway outside Vendor Room.   "No-Food" ticket holders can purchase affordable lunches at concession stand in Conference Foyer (Sandwiches, salads, fruit, cookies, drinks)
1:30pm  -  2:20pm

Membership Meeting

2:30pm  -  3:20pm

Secrets of Social Media Mastery  - Part 1

- Lynn Ames



  • Cheryl Pletcher in Memory of Sandra Moran
  • Ann McMan & Salem West 

Sacred Words: The Art Of Working With An Editor To Get The Most Out Of Your Manuscript

Moderator:  Salem West

Panelists: Siri Caldwell, Nann Dunne, Shelley Thrasher, RG Emmanuelle, Andi Marquette

What's So Funny?

Moderator:  Jessie Chandler

Panelists: Karen Badger, Fay Jacobs, Ann McMan, Karen Richard, Carol Rosenfeld

Author Spotlights

Ann Aptaker
Denise Judge
Taylor Rickard

Moderator: Karin Kallmaker

Sponsor: Beth Schomburg

3:20pm  -  3:40pm  BREAK 
3:40pm  -  4:30pm

Secrets of Social Media Mastery  - Part 2

- Lynn Ames



  • Cheryl Pletcher in Memory of Sandra Moran
  • Ann McMan & Salem West 

Judging a Book by Its Content: The GCLS Judging & Awards Process          

- Carleen Spry & Watty Boss

SideKicks 2:  All Across the Rainbow

Moderator: Melissa Price

Panelists:  Georgia Beers, Aurora Rey, Laina Villeneuve, Salem West, Kenna White 

Author Spotlights 

Melissa Brayden
Renee MacKenzie
Laydin Michaels
Annette Mori
Dillon Watson

Moderator: Mary Buchanan

Sponsor: Beth Schomburg

4:40pm  -  5:30pm

More Engaging Dialogue: How to Use Electronic Media to Write Conversations                           

- Erica Abbott & Pol Robinson


Book Club Meeting:

Tangled Roots

by Marianne K. Martin (in attendance)

Facilitator: Sandy Thornton


Sponsor:  Lesfic_Unbound  

Author Spotlights

Julie Blair
Jessie Chandler
Bev Prescott
MJ Williamz
Sheryl Wright

Moderator: Mary Griggs

 5:30pm - 6:00pm   Friends of Bill W. - Willow Room 

Evening Event Options    
7:30pm  -  9:30pm 


Love Between the Covers

Followed by Q&A with

Radclyffe &

Laurie Kahn (Director/Producer)


GCLS Night (Karaoke)

at Freddies, Arlington, VA

8:00 - Closing

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