Where Writing Dreams Become Written Realities
The GCLS Writing Academy is a yearlong intensive program for new or relatively new writers who have written at least part of a novel. In this course, students will learn the critical components of quality writing. The Writing Academy goes beyond craft of writing and takes students through all aspects of writing and publishing a novel. Note that we've had students with full bodies of work and students who have never published anything. This program is designed to hone the skills of anyone seeking to write excellent women-loving-women literature.
Over the course of the year, students attend weekly classes covering craft of writing, revision, the publication process, and how to handle mentor feedback.
Classes take place online on Saturdays at noon ET. It is highly recommended you attend each live class, as the interaction with other students and the professor feedback is an important part of this program. Classes are recorded and these videos are accessible to students indefinitely as long as the student maintains a GCLS membership.
The program concludes with a one-on-one mentoring experience with some of the most established and awarded authors in lesbian fiction.
The Writing Academy provides an environment that supports the development of a community of learners through regular online interactions, shared assignments, and teamwork. The program is comprised of 12 students and 3 full time faculty plus honorary guest instructors.
The level of success that you experience in this program will be based on the amount of time and energy that you are willing to put into your writing during the course of the year.
About the Writing Academy
Types of Classes
Some of the classes we provide are character development, point of view, narrative distances, and critical conflict. To see a sample schedule, click "Learn More" below.Learn More >
Each student is assigned a mentor for one-on-one guidance after completion of the craft of writing classes. To learn more about mentoring or to apply to be a mentoring, click "Learn More" below.Learn More >
How to Apply
Applying is easy. Click here to learn the guidelines and requirements for applicationLearn More >
Fees and Payment Options
We offer a variety of options to meet the needs of our prospective students.Learn More >
We have two full tuition scholarships available, the Bridge Builder Scholarship and the Sandra Moran Scholarship. Learn more about the requirements and deadlines here.Learn More >
Our Professors and StaffWriting Academy professors are chosen for their teaching experience, their body of work, and their dedication to the craft of writing.
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Frequently Asked QuestionsYou may have some questions about the Writing Academy. Click below to look for answers.
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