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2019 Panelist Application - Due February 28

Note: The application process is for individuals NOT yet selected to be on any panels.


Commitment to Diversity and Opportunity

The GCLS strives for diversity of viewpoints, membership, and experience on all panels.

Panelist Expectations

  • Respond to emails from the Moderator in a timely manner.
  • Participation in pre-conference planning conference calls or emails.
  • Show up and come to the panel prepared with opinions, answers, and information on the topic
  • Be involved and engaged during the panel
  • Be considerate of fellow panelists by sharing the time equitably
  • Be respectful of other panelists, audience members, and the Moderator.


Below are some of the selected panels for the 2019 GCLS Conference. This is not the complete list - these are the panels that are in need of panelists.

Please read these descriptions carefully. You will be asked to choose up to TWO panels on which you would like to serve. This is not a guarantee of being placed on all or any of the panels. Much will depend on the number and qualifications of people who apply to be a panelist for each chosen panel. This is not a guarantee of being placed on all or any of the panels; however, you increase your chances by selecting more than one.

If you have questions, please contact Ann Roberts ( who will share your question with the selection committee and get back to you with an answer.

If you would like to serve on one of these panels, please fill out the application found at the bottom of this page.

Due February 28

The World of Audiobooks – A Critique from the Readers

Join this panel of readers as they discuss what they love and what they hate about the world of audiobooks. What makes a quality experience? What advice do they have to improve the industry? 


Step One

Whether you're a pantster, a plotter, or somewhere in between, all novels have a beginning - somewhere and somehow. These authors will discuss their pre-writing techniques, including outlines, plot summaries, notecards, and journaling.   


Daring to Go Where You May Not Have Been Before: The Universe of Non-fiction

While fiction continues to outpace non-fiction in reader preference, the number of non-fiction books continues to grow. Join these readers and authors as they discuss the joy of reading and creating non-fiction.


Residencies and Workshops

Want to improve your craft and learn with others? There are a multitude of opportunities that await aspiring authors and those who are life-long learners. This panel of authors will discuss how to find residencies and workshops, the application process, and what they learned from the experience. 


Reading, Writing, and Coping With Reviews

At a time when information - and judgment - can be obtained in mere seconds, book reviews can seal an author's fate with potential readers and publishers. How do writer's cope with poor reviews? What about unfair reviews? Should writers respond? What about a reader who wishes to state her minority opinion but fears bullying from others? Join these readers, writers, and reviewers as they share stories from the trenches, approaches to writing effective reviews, and coping strategies for reading poor reviews. 

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