2019 Conference Schedule
2019 Conference Schedule
11:00am - 5:00pm Wednesday
Registration & Vendor Room Open - GRAND BALLROOM 3 & 4
1:00pm - 1:30pm

CONFERENCE OPENING - GRAND BALLROOM 1

Join Executive Director Mary Phillips and the Board of Directors in Grand Ballroom 1 as we kick off the 15th Annual GCLS Conference!

2:00pm - 3:00pm

con virgin meeting - king's garden 5

Is this your first time attending a GCLS Conference? Then be sure to join other Con Virgins at this important meeting. The Directors of Membership will be there to welcome you and help guide you through your first conference. Fun and games are sure to abound!

2:00pm - 4:00pm

open mic - king's garden 1

Drop by and enjoy the many talents of your fellow attendees: reading WIPs, standup comedy, juggling, instrumental music and fire-eating. No, not really. We had to kibosh that after the incident in D.C. Each participant has five minutes to wow you, amaze you, and stun you (not the kind with a Taser).

4:00pm - 5:00pm

panel - Writing the perfect lesbian lead - or not - king's garden 3

Writers of Lesbian Romances reveal how they develop their main characters. The struggle to be inclusive, get it right, and yet stay true to their own creative instincts.

 

Moderator
Aurora Rey 
Panelists
Mickey Brent
Jae
Catherine Maiorisi
Rachel Spangler
Dillon Watson

 

5:00pm - 6:30pm

welcome reception - grand ballroom 2

Please join us for food and conversation as we celebrate the opening of the 2019 conference. Make it a priority to introduce yourself to new faces and Con Virgins.

Sandy Thornton
7:00pm - 8:30pm

panel - liar, liar - king's garden 5

Some of our author attendees are working overtime, preparing to share a special story. It might be a poignant memory or funny tale from the past—or an outright lie. Only the author knows. Join us for an evening of fun and laughter at one of GCLS’s favorite annual events, hosted this year by Barbara Ann Wright. As audience members, you’ll ask probing questions and ultimately vote: is the story the truth or a lie?

 

 Moderator
Barbara Ann Wright
Panelists
Suzie Carr
M.J. Lowe
Rae D. Magdon
Darlene Vendegna
9:00am - 5:00pm Thursday
Registration & Vendor Room Open - GRAND BALLROOM 3 & 4
8:00am - 8:50am

author spotlight: Coffee klatch - making their debut - king's garden 1

All of you early birds can join us for a special version of our standard Author Spotlight programming each morning at 8 AM. Bring along your breakfast and enjoy provided coffee while you hear a special group of authors who will read from their latest works and answer questions. It’s a great way to start your day!

 

Moderator
Cindy Rizzo 
Authors
K. Aten
Ellen Bennett
Tammy Bird
Carolyn Elizabeth
Judy Kerr
L.L. Shelton

 

9:00am - 9:50am

Author spotlight - king's garden 1

Immerse yourself in our version of a live audiobook. Come hear six authors from various genres read their latest works and take questions from the audience.

 

Moderator
Lynnette Beers 
Authors
Jane Alden
Lynn Ames
Serena J. Bishop
Dolores Maggiore
JB Marsden
MJ Williamz

 

9:00am - 9:50am

panel - The Bad girls we love to hate - king's garden 2

Do we love our fictional villains? Do the ice queens, the devils in disguise, and the impossibly evil women who carelessly cheat or break hearts without a second glance make our stories better and more compelling? And do these characters need redemption? Or punishment? Panel members will discuss their favorite Lesfic villains – the ones they have created and those that have stayed with them from their reading.

Moderator
Pol Robinson
Panelists
Avery Brooks
Kimberly Cooper Griffin
Jackie D
Millie Ireland
Renee Young
9:00am - 9:50am

panel - step one - king's garden 3

Whether you’re a pantser, 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.

Moderator 
Sallyanne Monti
Panelists
Karen D. Badger
Catherine Lane
Patty Schramm
Ruth Sternglantz
M. Ullrich
Flashpoint Publications
9:00am - 9:50am

panel - big table: where's our seat - king's garden 4

What is the place of Lesbian literature in the larger literary world? Is there a fine line between support of Lesbian literature and being stuck in our niche? Is there a seat for us at the bigger literary table? Do we want a seat? How do readers feel? Though many Lesbian authors write exclusively for a Lesbian audience, others cross over --or hope to--into a market of mainstream readers. As Lesfic continues to grow and expand, can we claim a seat at the big table?

Moderator
Fay Jacobs
Panelists
Ann Aptaker
Victoria Avilan
Leona Beasley
AE Cavalieri
Sandy Lowe
10:00am - 10:30am

Snack Break - Grand ballroom 2

Come join us in Ballroom 2 for a refreshing break as we all move through the "mid-morning drags." Be sure to thank our generous sponsors for providing us with this snack!

Melissa Brayden, Georgia Beers, KG MacGregor & Jenny Fielder
10:30am - 11:30am

Author Spotlight - King's Garden 1

Immerse yourself in our version of a live audiobook. Come hear six authors from various genres read their latest works and take questions from the audience.

 Moderator
Carleen Spry
Authors
Nicole Disney
Karin Kallmaker
Jazzy Mitchell
C.A. Popovich
Carol Rosenfeld
Tagan Shepard
Rosa Moran
10:30am - 11:30am

presentation - the art of self-editing - king's garden 2

Learn how to polish a manuscript as much as possible BEFORE submitting it for publication or to an editor. While a self-edit will never take the place of a professional edit, learning to effectively self-edit can lead to acceptance—not rejection. Rachel Spangler, award-winning author and acquisition reader for Bywater Books shares common mistakes in both story and form, teach techniques to correct them, and ways to avoid making them again.

Presenter: Rachel Spangler

10:30am - 11:30am

panel - the beta reading path to diverse stories - king's garden 4

You want your characters to represent the diversity of the world around you, but where to start when you only have one set of experiences? This panel will present real-life examples of writers working with beta readers and consultants to increase the racial, ethnic, and gender diversity in their novels. We'll demonstrate some best practices and talk about how to find beta readers, including how to make the work worth their time and labor. We'll delve into the learning process, with white panel participants talking about what they've learned about checking their privilege, white fragility and writing about race, and cisgender participants sharing what they've learned about the wide spectrum of gender diversity. And we'll end with actionable steps for writers and readers to keep improving diversity in lesfic.

Moderator
Sheryl Wright
Panelists
Jane Chen
Jaime Clevenger
Rachel Gold
Cheryl Head
Patrice James
Karin Kallmaker
10:30am - 12:30pm

master class - short stuff: exploring flash fiction - king's garden 5

It's no surprise that in the golden age of tweets, short-short fiction is increasing in popularity. Some authors now write complete novels and novellas in bits of short narrative known as "flash fiction." Maybe you're just finding your place as a fiction writer, or maybe you've been publishing novels for years but want to venture into a new form to shake up your writing practice. In this workshop, we'll review 10 basic elements of flash fiction -- don't think "rules," but "tips" -- and tackle writing prompts designed to fuel our imaginations. We'll finish by discussing publishing opportunities. Let's take over this genre and "queer" it -- you just might write the perfect lesbian romance in 50 words or craft a chilling mystery in under 300. Bring your notebook, your imagination, and a willingness to play.

Presenter: Paula Martinac

11:40am - 12:30pm

Author spotlight - king's garden 1

Immerse yourself in our version of a live audiobook. Come hear six authors from various genres read their latest works and take questions from the audience.

 

Moderator
Jenny Fielder
Authors
Melissa Brayden
Meredity Doench
EA Kafkalas
Rae D. Magdon
MB Panichi
Barbara Ann Wright

 

11:40am - 12:30pm

presentation - other places, other faces - king's garden 2

This presentation will discuss creating fictional characters who differ in gender, sexuality, racial identification, nationality, socio-economic class, age cohort, or level of physical ability from the authors who create them. We’ll acknowledge LGBTQ writers who have done this and think through methods that will facilitate the process for writers who desire to create such characters in their work.

Presenter: Renée Bess

11:40am - 12:30pm

Panel - Reading, Writing, and Coping With Reviews - KIng's Garden 4

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 writers 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.

Moderator
Karen D. Badger
Panelists
Tammy Bird
Kris Bryant
Anne Geary
Jessica L. Webb
Salem West

 

12:30pm - 1:30pm

lunch - grand ballroom 2

For those who have purchased a “with food” ticket, join us daily for a buffet lunch in Grand Ballroom 2. Lunch hour is a great time to make new friends, peruse the Silent Auction items, or visit the vendors in the Vendor Room.

1:30pm - 2:30pm

membership gathering - grand ballroom 1

Hmm. This sounds a lot like a meeting without the word meeting. But it’s so much more. As a 501(c)3 organization, the GCLS is required to conduct an annual membership meeting, but this yearly gathering is so much more! Whether you’re just joined our organization or have been a member since the beginning, you’ll want to hear about the current state of GCLS affairs, watch the Writing Academy graduation, honor the volunteers, and learn of future goals and how you can help GCLS achieve them.

2:40pm - 3:30pm

author spotlight - king's garden 1

Immerse yourself in our version of a live audiobook. Come hear six authors from various genres read their latest works and take questions from the audience.

 

Moderator
Nancy Ashmore
Authors
Carol Anne Douglas
Erin Dutton
Sandy Lowe
Miranda MacLeod
Barrett Magill
Nell Stark

 

2:40pm - 3:30pm

presentation - that's what she said: Tips for Writing Stronger, More Effective Dialogue - king's garden 2

“Here’s lookin’ at you, kid.”
“We’re gonna need a bigger boat.”
“You had me at ‘hello.’”
“You can’t handle the truth!”
“Bye, Felicia!”

Dialogue is one of the most important parts of a story, and as you can see from the above lines that are still quoted on a regular basis, it stays in the memories of viewers and readers long after the book is closed. Dialogue helps you understand characters, their moods and feelings, their motivations, their fears and worries. Good dialogue makes them human.

This class will feature, in bullet point format, tips and tricks for writing the best dialogue possible. We’ll also do a couple of class exercises to put what we’ve learned to use so you can bring your characters to life with their own words.

Presenter: Georgia Beers

2:40pm - 3:30pm

panel - intersectionality in romantic fiction- king's garden 3

How do two very diverse characters end up falling in love and get to that point of no return? This panel will address the dilemma writers face when writing romantic fiction involving diverse protagonists. What are the underlying cultural conflicts or tension that occurs between two women? Is there unconscious bias? This interactive panel will discuss: salient identities, inclusivity, and the increased role and impact of multiculturalism in lesbian-themed romantic fiction.

Moderator
Mickey Brent
Panelists
Renee Bess
Lori L. Lake
Mercedes Lewis
Marianne K. Martin
2:40pm - 3:30pm

panel - kick ass crime solvers- king's garden 4

Whether you read lots of mysteries or have never read one, you’ll love this panel of dynamic mystery writers and their crime solvers: police detective, reporter, private investigator, amateur detective, and sheriff. What drives them to write mystery and crime stories? How did they come up with their kickass main characters? Why are their characters lesbians? Are they superheroes? Other than the sexuality of the lead characters, are their books different than mainstream mysteries?

Moderator
Darlene Vendegna
Panelists
Erica Abbott
Anne Hagan
Cheryl Head
Catherine Maiorisi
Ann Roberts
3:40pm - 4:30pm

author spotlights - king's garden 1

Immerse yourself in our version of a live audiobook. Come hear six authors from various genres read their latest works and take questions from the audience.

 

Moderator
Patty Schram

Authors
Tina Barnes
J.L. Gaynor
D. Jackson Leigh
Brenda Murphy
Carsen Taite
Erin Zak

 

3:40pm - 4:30pm

presentation - taxes for artists - king's garden 2

You work hard at writing, so don’t give the IRS more of your royalties than they are entitled to. Learn which expenses are deductible and what receipts you should save, in light of the changing tax code. Ann Etter, a CPA who works with artists will explain how to streamline your tax responsibilities so you have more time to write. Note: anyone who is self-employed would benefit from this class.

Presenter: Ann Etter

3:40pm - 4:30pm

panel - self-publishing basics : what have we learned - king's garden 4

Learn the steps, challenges, and opportunities in self-publishing your own work. This panel of authors, who have self-published and worked with publishing houses, will discuss the various aspects of self-publishing fiction, non-fiction, and memoirs.

Moderator
Suzie Carr
Panelists
Victoria Avilan
Sallyanne Monti
Michele Reynolds
3:40pm - 4:30pm

Panel - Match Game 2019 - King's Garden 5

One of the most irreverent daytime game shows of the 70s has returned–GCLS style. Come join the fun and match wits with our panel in this interactive game. There might even be a prize or two.

Moderator
Karen "Jean Gayburn" Richard
Panelists
CJ Birch
Lila Bruce
Jessie Chandler
Aurora Rey
Ali Vali
MJ Williamz
4:45pm - 6:00pm

Book launch - bywater books - king's garden 3

Bywater Books invites  you to celebrate their Summer 2019 new releases.

Kickin' Rocks by Marianne K. Martin

Clio Rising by Paula Martinac

The Song of the Sea by Jenn Alexander

Catch Me When I'm Falling by Cheryl Head

Bywater Books
7:00pm - 7:45pm

Reception - Movie Premiere - Grand ballroom 2

Cheryl Pletcher and Lynn Ames invite you to a celebratory food-and-drink reception just prior to the world-premiere screening of: In Her Words: 20th Century Lesbian Fiction. This feature-length documentary, the culmination of the Legacies of Lesbian Literature Project, debuts immediately following the reception.

Visit the Legacies of Lesbian Literature Project website to view the trailer for the movie. Then plan to join us all at the reception and movie premiere.

 

Cheryl Pletcher and Lynn Ames
8:00pm

world premiere - MOVIE: In her words: 20th Century Lesbian Fiction - grand ballroom 1

In Her Words: 20th Century Lesbian Fiction, the culmination of the Legacies of Lesbian Literature Project, brings to the screen for the first time in one place, many of the major lesbian fiction authors that shaped the landscape for lesbians coming of age in the 20th century.

How the Project Began

The idea for the documentary, produced by Cheryl Pletcher and co-directed by Lisa Marie Evans and Marianne K. Martin, began when author Marianne K. Martin was invited to be the keynote speaker for the June 2014 National Women’s Music Festival in Madison, Wisconsin. She invited author Sandra Moran to join her for the keynote speech. As Marianne and Sandra discussed their remarks, the substance and form of the Legacies Project were born. Between June 2014 and September 2015, Marianne and Sandra fleshed out the details, making plans to formalize their presentation into a multimedia project. Tragically, Sandra was diagnosed with Stage 4 cancer and passed away in November 2015, less than a month after her diagnosis. Her widow, Cheryl Pletcher, then joined the team as the project manager, while Marianne focused on the content. Together, at the suggestion of a mutual friend, Cheryl and Marianne selected Lisa Marie Evans as the project’s filmographer.

Author’s Interviewed

The film includes interviews with such luminaries of lesbian literature as: Rita Mae Brown, Dorothy Allison, Sarah Waters, Ann Bannon, Elana Dykewomon, Katherine V. Forrest, Jewelle Gomez, Ellen Hart, Fay Jacobs on behalf of Anyda Marchant (deceased), Karin Kallmaker, Jenifer Levin, Lee Lynch, Marianne K. Martin, Claire McNab, Penny Mickelbury, Lesléa Newman, Achy Obejas, and Sandra Scott on behalf of Nancy Garden (deceased). The film is narrated by award-winning LGBTQ historian, Lillian Faderman.

Project Funding

The film has been funded by the estate of Sandra Moran Pletcher, a very generous donation from the Paul C. Phillips Trust, and so many of you.

9:00am - 5:00pm Friday
Registration & Vendor Room Open - GRAND BALLROOM 3 & 4
8:00am - 8:50am

author spotlight: Coffee Klatch - students of the writing academy - king's garden 1

All of you early birds can join us for a special version of our standard Author Spotlight programming each morning at 8 AM. Bring along your breakfast and enjoy provided coffee while you hear a special group of authors who will read from their latest works and answer questions. It’s a great way to start your day!

 

Moderators
Kimberly Cooper Griffin
Authors
Amy Berger
Virginia Black
Avery Crescent
Kristianne Galpin
Jesse Linde
Stacy Lynn Miller

 

GCLS Writing Academy
9:00am - 9:50am

author spotlight - king's garden 1

Immerse yourself in our version of a live audiobook. Come hear six authors from various genres read their latest works and take questions from the audience.

 

Moderator
Elaine Mulligan-Lynch
Authors
Victoria Avilan
Leona Beasley
Lila Bruce
Catherine Lane
Marianne K. Martin
Paula Martinac

 

9:00am - 9:50am

panel - let's talk about sex - king's garden 2

What makes sexy writing sexy? The answer to this question has many answers. How do gender roles and the words we use to describe sex play into romance and erotica stories? What are the challenges of walking the line between erotica and romance? Are there taboo words? How much is too much? What are the differences between gratuitous sex and sex that forwards the narrative? Join this notable group of authors as they talk about sex.

 

Moderator
MJ Lowe
Panelists
Jaime Clevenger
Rachel Gold
Rae D. Magdon
Radclyffe
Nell Stark

 

 


9:00am - 9:50am

panel - You Can’t Make This S*** Up - king's garden 3

Join these five authors who discuss the line between reality and fiction, how often that line blurs, and how close they sometimes hug the truth. They’ll share their best stories, explain how their reality inspires them, and discuss the potential consequences of crossing the line.

 

Moderator
Ann Roberts
Panelists
Erica Abbott
Lynn Ames
Suzie Carr
Erin Dutton
Dr. Sue Green

9:00am - 9:50am

panel - I wish I'd written that - king's garden 5

This GCLS Conference favorite is back again! Join these five authors as they discuss the ideas and the talent they covet from other writers. Who wrote the cleverest twist, the most unique setting, the character that stayed with you, the hottest chemistry, the most imaginative world?

Moderator
KG MacGregor
Panelists
Lynette Beers
Dena Blake
EJ Cochrane
Caren Werlinger
Sheryl Wright

10:00am - 10:30am

Snack Break - grand ballroom 2

Come join us in Ballroom 2 for a refreshing break as we all move through the "mid-morning drags." Be sure to thank our generous sponsors for providing us with this snack!.

Georgia Beers, KG MacGregor & Jenny Fielder, Melissa Brayden
10:30am - 11:30am

author spotlight - king's garden 1

Immerse yourself in our version of a live audiobook. Come hear six authors from various genres read their latest works and take questions from the audience.

 

Moderator
Ali Vali 
Authors
Nat Burns
Fay Jacobs
KC Luck
Sallyanne Monti
Ann Roberts
Jessica L. Webb
Anne Geary
10:30am - 11:30am

presentation - hook, line and query: the art of a compelling query letter and synopsis - king's garden 2

First impressions can make or break and author's chance of getting their book published. The first impression of an author's work by a prospective--and very busy--publisher or agent is often through a query letter, so it's got to be terrific to get the job done. And what is the job? To hook the publisher or agent, get them asking for those first fifty pages and a synopsis. This presentation will help give aspiring authors the focus to write a compelling query letter and a tight, equally compelling one-page synopsis.

Presenter: Ann Aptaker


10:30am - 11:30am

panel - mentoring matters- king's garden 4

This panel will discuss mentoring from a variety of standpoints, including current forms of mentoring, the value of mentoring, and suggestions for improvement.


Moderator
Anne Hagan

Panelists
Anna Burke
Kimberly Cooper Griffin
Susan X Meagher
Radclyffe
Rachel Spangler

 

10:30am - 12:30pm

master class - creating dynamic & deep story people - King's garden 5

Characters are at the heart of all compelling fiction. The novels and stories we love the best usually have at their center at least one character who touches us in unexpected ways. The best characters are expressed and revealed through observation, voice, dialogue, backstory, internal insight, and the decisions, actions, and reactions of the character. Lori Lake, author, editor, and publisher, will discuss a number of approaches writers can use to deepen and expand the protagonists, antagonists, and secondary characters.

Presenter: Lori L. Lake


11:40am - 12:30pm

author spotlight - king's garden 1

Immerse yourself in our version of a live audiobook. Come hear six authors from various genres read their latest works and take questions from the audience.

Moderator
Sallyanne Monti
Authors
Erica Abbott/Pol Robinson
Karen D. Badger
Jackie D
Mercedes Lewis
TB Markinson
Badger Bliss Books
11:40am - 12:30pm

panel - bridging fanfic and lesfic - king's garden 2

This panel strives to educate authors about how fanfiction, and participation in fandom, can help grow their audience by connecting with modern queer readers where they live. Thousands of wonderful writers publish epic stories about their favorite female characters on sites like Tumblr and Archive Of Our Own. These stories, and this community, can help drive audiences to professionally published Lesfic that truly represents and speaks to all of us!

Moderator
Rachel Gold
Panelists
Brianna Dym
Patrice James
Andy Meadeson
Rae D. Magdon
Tagan Shepard

 

11:40am - 12:30pm

panel - generation gap - king's garden 4

How does the generation we are from color the way in which we see the world around us and how might that show up in our writing? Each generation has its own stereotypes, but is that all they are, or does the cultural era play an important role in our writing? A panel of experienced authors representing a range of generations will discuss how their generational outlook may impact aspects of writing, such as character development, conflict development, and world building. This panel explores both the role of our generation in forming who we are as individuals, as well as what shows up on the page in terms of the stories we choose to create.

Moderator
Avery Brooks
Panelists
Georgia Beers
Anna Burke
Melissa Brayden
Lee Lynch
Ann McMan
12:30pm - 1:30pm

lunch - grand ballroom 2

For those who have purchased a “with food” ticket, join us daily for a buffet lunch in Grand Ballroom 2. Lunch hour is a great time to make new friends, peruse the Silent Auction items, or visit the vendors in the Vendor Room.


1:30pm - 2:30pm

live Auction - grand ballroom 2

Join us for a “Sotheby’s-like” auction, a fundraiser for GCLS Scholarships and Conference expenses. Raise your nose in the air, along with your bidding paddle, for some great loot. In the past, donations have included autographed memorabilia, tickets to next year’s conference, naming a character in an author’s next novel, and first dances at the Awards Dance with certain authors.


2:40pm - 3:30pm

special speaker - cindy rizzo - grand ballroom 1

Cindy Rizzo is the author of three novels of lesbian fiction Getting Back (2015, Ylva Publishing), Love Is Enough (self-published, 2014), and Exception to the Rule (self-published, 2013), which won the 2014 award for Best Debut Author from Golden Crown Literary Society, and many short stories featured in various publications and anthologies. She is currently working on a young adult speculative fiction novel.

Rizzo said, “It is such an important time for us as lesbian, bisexual, and queer women to come together, in all of our diversity, to once again proclaim the value of our stories and our lives. Our cultural contribution is not a luxury; it is a necessity. The truths we speak have never been more needed for the healing of our world.”

Rizzo lives in New York City with her wife, Jennifer. She has a long-term career in social justice philanthropy and was recently awarded the Reed Erickson Trailblazing Leadership Award by Funders for LGBTQ Issues. She is also a member of the board of SAGE, the only national organization that serves and advocates for LGBTQ elders.

Lynne Pierce
3:40pm - 4:30pm

author spotlight - king's garden 1

Immerse yourself in our version of a live audiobook. Come hear six authors from various genres read their latest works and take questions from the audience.

Moderator
Jessie Chandler
Authors
Reba Birmingham
Suzie Carr
Jaime Clevenger
Erin McKenzie
CJ Murphy
Radclyffe
Sallyanne Monti
3:40pm - 4:30pm

presentation - how to take your novel to audio - king's garden 2

Many authors who would love to go audio but don't know how. In this presentation, experienced narrator Cat Lookabaugh will navigate the necessary steps to turn your book to audio. She’ll share the process, including how to hire a narrator, expected issues and hurdles, and how to conquer the world of Kindle and Whispersync.

Presenter: Cat Lookabaugh


3:40pm - 4:30pm

panel - learning curve - king's garden 4

An author’s latest novel represents much more than the tangible cover and pages. Each completed WIP symbolizes another cycle of growth, another set of experiences, and hopefully, greater wisdom about writing craft. This panel of authors at various stages of their career will discuss what they’ve learned, how they’ve changed, and where they want to go next.

Moderator
Kimberly Cooper Griffin
Panelists
K. Aten
Carol Anne Douglas
KG MacGregor
Pol Robinson
Barbara Ann Wright

 

3:40pm - 5:30pm

master class - Curiosity, intrigue and death: writing enticing openings - king's garden 5

The Opening is IT. A great opening gets you a contract, noticed by reviewers, purchased by readers, and acknowledged by book judges. Join Ann Roberts, editor and author of 19 published openings (and roughly 200 unpublished ones) as she shares techniques, examples, and characteristics that grab the reader and keep them interested. Students will have the opportunity to analyze openings for effectiveness and craft or retool opening ideas of their own. Feedback from Ann and classmates will ensure each student leaves the session with new ideas and next steps for their WIP.

Presenter: Ann Roberts


4:30pm - 5:30pm

author spotlight - king's garden 1

Immerse yourself in our version of a live audiobook. Come hear six authors from various genres read their latest works and take questions from the audience.

Moderator
Maria Rahming
Authors
Ona Marae
Mickey Brent
Aurora Rey
Rachel Spangler
Ali Vali
Caren Werlinger

4:30pm - 5:30pm

presentation - crafting the successful series - king's garden 2

Voracious readers love a good series. But what is the secret to keeping them coming back for more? What are the pitfalls to avoid? What are the must-haves? In this one hour session, learn the tips and tricks that make a series fresh, cohesive, and simply irresistible. Explore the concept of theme, world, over-arching plot, and marketability. Walk away ready to jump in and conquer the series world as we know it.

Presenter: Melissa Brayden


4:30pm - 5:30pm

panel - (Un)asked for advice - king's garden 4

In this panel comprised entirely of readers, the majority of whom are long-time GCLS members but are joining a panel for the first time, panelists will give writers 'agony-aunt' (Dear Abby) style advice. The advice will be offered in response to the questions writers ask of readers. The advice will, it is hoped, aid writers in understanding their readers and what their readers really want from them.

Moderator
Lynn Ames
Panelists
Tricia Altizer
Dutch
Colleen Sullivan
Danielle Zion
7:00pm

evening event - karaoke & game night - grand ballroom 2

Whether you can sing or not, come out for this GCLS tradition. By yourself, in a duo, or a group, belt out your favorite songs from the DJ’s enormous archive. Lip syncing is available, but the words cannot be provided. The theme this year is SPORTS, so feel free to wear the jerseys from your favorite sports team, the uniform you wore in high school—or don’t dress up at all. There is a no-host bar and snacks will be provided.

 

After you’ve sung a tune, bop over to the game room for a game of Scrabble or dominos. If you have a favorite game, bring it along with you to the conference. Monopoly? Risk? Battleship? Candy Land? Trivial Pursuit? Chutes and Ladders? There's bound to be someone who will want to play.  Note: You play Twister at your own risk. Paramedics are not on site.

 

DJ: Lightning Strikes Entertainment


9:00am - 3:30pm Saturday
Registration & Vendor Room Open - GRAND BALLROOM 3 & 4
8:00am - 8:50am

Author spotlight: Coffee Klatch - Who Dunnit? - King's garden 1

All of you early birds can join us for a special version of our standard Author Spotlight programming each morning at 8 AM. Bring along your breakfast and enjoy provided coffee while you hear a special group of authors who will read from their latest works and answer questions. It’s a great way to start your day!

Moderator
Ann Roberts
Authors
Ann Aptaker
Jessie Chandler
EJ Cochrane
Anne Hagan
Cheryl Head
Catherine Maiorisi

9:00am - 9:50am

author spotlight - king's garden 1

Immerse yourself in our version of a live audiobook. Come hear six authors from various genres read their latest works and take questions from the audience.

Moderator
Suzie Carr
Author
Lynnette Beers
Anna Burke
Ann McMan
Ocean
M. Ullrich
Sheryl Wright

9:00am - 9:50am

Panel - Can you hear me now?- king's garden 2

What makes an audiobook a success? What are reader pet peeves? Why are only certain books transferred to audio? Join these readers, authors, publishers, and narrators as they discuss the joys and struggles of audiobooks.

Moderator
Karen D. Badger
Panelists
Erin Dutton
Cat Lookabaugh
CJ Murphy
Tiffany Shamaly
9:00am - 9:50am

panel - the changing world of YA fiction - king's garden 4

Young Adult literature plays a pivotal role within the landscape of sapphic fiction. These empowering stories resonate with children, teens, and adults alike. Panelists will discuss how YA Lit nurtures the next generation, while allowing readers of all ages to feel represented.

Moderator
Rae D. Magdon
Panelists
Barbara L. Clanton
Stefani Deoul
Rachel Gold
Malinda Lo
Cindy Rizzo
9:00am - 9:50am

panel - SOCIAL MEDIA AND THE AUTHOR/READER RELATIONSHIP - king's garden 5

A lot has changed in just a few years. In the age of Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, and Tumblr, the author/reader relationship is more dynamic than ever before. But are we using these tools to our full advantage? How much is too much? Join us for a lively discussion about what it takes for authors to effectively reach new audiences, engage with readers who already want our content, and move beyond the page to the screen for a more personal connection.

Moderator
Nikki Little
Panelists
Lynn Ames
Georgia Beers
Melissa Brayden
Maria Rahming
Rachel Spangler

 

Lynn Ames & Cheryl Pletcher
10:00am - 10:30am

snack break - grand ballroom 2

Come join us in Ballroom 2 for a refreshing break as we all move through the "mid-morning drags." Be sure to thank our generous sponsors for providing us with this snack!

KG MacGregor & Jenny Fielder, Melissa Brayden,,Georgia Beers
10:30am - 11:20am

author spotlight - king's garden 1

Immerse yourself in our version of a live audiobook. Come hear six authors from various genres read their latest works and take questions from the audience.

Moderator
Anne Hagan
Authors
Joan Alden
CJ Birch
Kimberly Cooper Griffin
RJ Layer
Susan X Meagher
Patty Schramm

10:30am - 11:20am

presentation - honing your craft with The Writing Academy - king's garden 2

How the GCLS Writing Academy can help you master plot and structure, character development, dialogue, narrative distance, conflict, and more. Learn how to hone your craft to produce better work than you ever have.

Presenters: Tammy Bird and Karen Richard


10:30am - 11:20am

panel - conflict of interest- king's garden 4

A broken-hearted past? An ex who shows up unexpectedly? Families that hate each other? It's one of the most interesting aspects of a romance and every romance needs (at least) one: conflict. Not only must romance writers come up with a conflict, they must make it realistic, solvable, and believable. Ticking all those boxes off can prove difficult. Join these well-known romance authors as they pass on their tips and tricks and share with us how they come up with the conflict in their stories and how they make them work.

Moderator
Georgia Beers
Panelists
Melissa Brayden
Karin Kallmaker
Radclyffe
Rachel Spangler
Carsen Taite

 

 

10:30am - 11:20am

women with pride book club - by Bev Prescott - king's garden 5

Join the Women with Pride Book Club as they welcome author Bev Prescott for some in-depth discussion of her latest novel.

In a desperate race against time, Sharon Clausen learns just how far she’s willing to go . . .

Sharon Clausen, a self-reliant farmer, has a secret apple tree—a tree that keeps her and her wife, Eve, fed. In the year 2092, climate change has transformed the face of Earth. Storms, disease, famine, thirst and war show no mercy on the living. In order to survive and protect Eve from the inhospitable world, Sharon cloaks her humanity.

The only other people who know of her secret, or so she thinks, is Dr. Ryan, a long-time confidant, and his wife, Areva. Once a month, Sharon and Eve travel from Maine to Boston to trade apples for Eve’s leukemia medication with Dr. Ryan. When Eve is kidnapped and the Ryan’s are murdered, Sharon learns that her best kept secrets are coveted by a man known as the Strelitzia—a coldly practical villain.

Sharon sets out on a harrowing journey across North America to rescue Eve. Along the way, she gets help from an Inuit refugee boy, a stray dog named Erik the Red, an eccentric former school teacher, a jujitsu master, an Argentinian opera star, and a brilliant Muslim female scientist who leads an alliance of eclectic people known as the Qaunik. Together, this ragtag group battle storms, the desert, criminal gangs, feral humans and the Strelitzia.

In the end, Sharon must face her greatest challenge—risk all that she loves for something greater than herself.

Lesfic Unbound
11:30am - 12:30pm

keynote speaker - malinda lo - grand ballroom 1

Malinda Lo is the critically acclaimed author of several young adult novels, including the upcoming A Line in the Dark (Dutton, Oct. 17, 2017). Malinda's first novel, Ash, a lesbian retelling of Cinderella, was a finalist for the William C. Morris YA Debut Award, the Andre Norton Award for YA Science Fiction and Fantasy, the Mythopoeic Fantasy Award, and the Lambda Literary Award for Children's/Young Adult, and was a Kirkus 2009 Best Book for Children and Teens. Her nonfiction has been published by The New York Times Book Review, NPR, The Huffington Post, The Toast, The Horn Book, and AfterEllen.

Malinda's novel Huntress, a companion novel to Ash, was a Lambda Award finalist, an ALA Best Book for Young Adults, and was longlisted for the James Tiptree, Jr. Award. Her novel Adaptation was a finalist for the 2013 Lambda Book Award and named a Bank Street College Best Children's Book of 2013, and the sequel, Inheritance, was the winner of the 2014 Bisexual Book Awards for Bisexual Teen/Young Adult Fiction.

Before she became a novelist, Malinda was an economics major, an editorial assistant, a graduate student, and an entertainment reporter. She was awarded the 2006 Sarah Pettit Memorial Award for Excellence in LGBT Journalism by the National Lesbian & Gay Journalists Association for her work at AfterEllen. She is a graduate of Wellesley College and has master's degrees from Harvard and Stanford Universities. She lives in Massachusetts with her partner and their dog.

Lynne Pierce, Bywater Books
12:30pm - 1:30pm

lunch - grand ballroom 2

For those who have purchased a “with food” ticket, join us daily for a buffet lunch in Grand Ballroom 2. Lunch hour is a great time to make new friends, peruse the Silent Auction items, or visit the vendors in the Vendor Room.


1:30pm - 2:30pm

author spotlight - YA - king's garden 1

Immerse yourself in our version of a live audiobook. Come hear six authors from various genres read their latest works and take questions from the audience.

Moderator
Luca Hart
Authors
Stefani Deoul
Rachel Gold
Malinda Lo
Cindy Rizzo

1:30pm - 2:30pm

presentation - Taking it to the Streets: GCLS in Your Local Community- king's garden 2

GCLS is more than just a once-a-year conference. In various regions of the country, authors, readers, and community members have formed their own groups, conducting regular meetings, hosting events, and providing learning opportunities—all of which serve the GCLS mission and goals. These groups offer excellent outlets for literary discussions and connections with other women, similar to those we experience here at the conference. Join us and learn how you can unite with your neighbors and keep that wonderful “conference feeling” all year round.

Round Table Presenters: Mary Phillips, Cris Perez-Soria, Lori L. Lake


1:30pm - 2:30pm

panel - "so i had this idea..." - king's garden 4

Karin Kallmaker returns with another batch of new authors. They’ll share the genesis of their ideas, the backstory for their respective novels, and where they’re headed next.

Moderator
Karin Kallmaker
Panelists
K. Aten
Anna Burke
Carolyn Elizabeth
KC Luck
Ona Marae
1:30pm - 2:30pm

panel - readers sound off - king's garden 5

This is a panel of readers with a broad range of reading experience and interest. It provides an opportunity for readers to talk about what they like, don't like, love in their reading and what they would like to tell authors.

Moderator
Erica Abbott
Panelists
Nikki Little
MJ Lowe
Anissa McIntyre
Elaine Mulligan-Lynch
Carleen Spry
Cheryl Head
2:30pm - 3:30pm

author book signing - grand ballroom 2

This session is also known as Fangirling 101. Bring your books or stop at the vendor table and buy some more. Bring your cameras. Bring your pen. Make it your mission to give your favorite authors a case of writer’s cramp. Authors will be seated alphabetically (except for those few rebels who aren’t good at following directions), so they’ll be easy to find.


3:30pm - 4:20pm

awards cermony rehearsal - grand ballroom 1

All those selected to be award presenters will meet with the Awards Administrators and Production team to prepare for the upcoming ceremony


5:30pm - 6:45pm

Pre-awards Buffet Dinner - grand ballroom 2

You talked and we listened. Our Post Conference surveys indicated that for the price of the awards ticket, attendees wanted a dinner, not a cocktail hour. This year we’re providing a buffet for all awards attendees, along with the traditional no-host bar.


7:00pm - 9:00pm

GCLS Awards Ceremony - Grand ballroom 1

This is the night we've all been waiting for! It's the event you don't want to miss.

Join us as we celebrate lesbian-themed literature and hand out some well-deserved Goldies to many deserving authors. It's sure to be spectacular!

Emcees: Lynn Ames and Dana Piccoli


9:30pm - 1:00am

Celebration Dance - grand ballroom 2

The Goldies have been handed out...now it's time to dance the night away in celebration!

Kick up your heels with your fellow attendees. It's one of our last chances to gather at the conference. You don't want to miss out.

DJ: Lightning Strikes Entertainment


9:00am - 12:00pm Sunday
Registration & Vendor Room Open - GRAND BALLROOM 3 & 4
10:00am - 10:30am

Closing Session - Grand ballroom 2

It's time to say "Good-bye" until next year. Stop in before brunch and gather as we all reflect on a great conference and look forward to #Albuquerque2020.

10:30am - 12:00pm

brunch - grand ballroom 2

Bacon. BACON!

If you love bacon as much as we do, make sure you get to the brunch early so you don't miss out!

Available for Full Access WITH Food and Brunch Only ticket-holders.

2019 Goldie Winners

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