|2020 Panelist Application - Due February 28|
Commitment to Diversity and Opportunity
The GCLS strives for diverse viewpoints, membership, and experience on all panels. All of the panels listed could be filled by readers, editors, publishers, reviewers or authors. Anyone may apply and will be given full consideration.
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
Panel Titles & Descriptions
Authors who write series fiction discuss their use of prequel and/or sequel conventions to craft their stories. What makes them choose one over the other? What are the benefits and drawbacks to each?
I’m Out, So What?
From SciFi to CliFi: Writers of the Apocalypse
Once Upon A Time: Reclaiming Our Myths and Legends
What’s the Good Word
GCLS Fanfic 201: Expanding your Fanfic Reach
We'll look how writers and readers can enhance their participation in the wonderful world of fan fiction. How do you build an audience as a writer or a reputation as a reader? What are some ways to move from fanfic to published author? How do readers move between fanfic and lesfic? What attracts them from one to the other? Is the diversity of fanfic pushing diversity in lesfic? What is the etiquette of moving between the two communities? When should you link your fanfic to your published works? When and why do published authors keep their fanfic secret?
Creating Our Culture
Books have the power to inform and even define culture. Yet the mainstream depiction of WLW (women-loving-women) culture is often skewed and/or unrealistic. What do we as writers choose to define lesfic culture? How are we creating works for readers that represent us more accurately? A panel of writers and readers will discuss their views on creating lesfic culture and what gaps still exist.
Stepping Outside the Box
Are you a romance writer who would like to dabble in a different genre? Are you a reader who can't get into anything other than science fiction and fantasy? Are you searching for new authors to read? This panel will discuss the potential benefits and difficulties of stepping outside your own personal box and taking the leap of faith.
The Culturally Infused Story as Lifeline
The balancing act of embracing our queer identities while retaining membership in our culture of origin can be deeply challenging, especially when we don't see our experiences reflected in our community, literature, or popular culture. Providing representation for those who are intersectionally oppressed can be a lifeline and a salve for our community members who are struggling to find balance and acceptance within and between cultures. Our panelists will explore these issues of diversity and inclusion/exclusion in literature, and why supporting the stories of intersectional authors is so critically important.
Invisible Disabilities in Lesfic
Chronic pain. Sleep disorders. PTSD. All can be “invisible disabilities” that intersect physical and mental health issues and permeate every part of society. Creating characters who possess invisible disabilities can be tricky, as these complex issues cross class, race, and sexuality. Join these authors for a conversation about navigating the world of invisible disabilities in lesfic and creating characters who adapt and cope within a larger and often unsympathetic society.
The popular game show from the 1970s returns, “GCLS style.” Join these six authors as they put their vocabularies to the test. Who knows? Maybe Betty White will make a guest appearance!