This month we highlight our new website, a membership spotlight written by Claire Highton-Stevenson, available scholarships, con virgin buddies, silent auction needs, conference t-shirts for sale, open positions at the GCLS, and the Women With Pride Book Club.
At the GCLS, we are breaking out our happy dance over last week's launch of our brand new website! It's here and we couldn't be more excited about it. A lot of careful thought and hard work has gone into it, and we hope you enjoy navigating it. Our next focus area is the GCLS conference that's fast approaching. We could use your help with donations for the silent auction. We've posted more on that in this newsletter.
Wishing you a happy and healthy month,
Mary Phillips, Executive Director
Claire Highton-Stevenson submitted an article for this month's Membership Spotlight. As a writer based in the UK, she contemplated two thoughts: "How can I best interact with my US-based fans when I am all the way over here in the UK?" and "Even though we share the same language, there are quite a lot of differences!"
If you know a young woman writer of color with an emerging talent for writing queer fiction, please let her know about the Bridge Builder Scholarship. This scholarship covers a full tuition to the GCLS Writing Academy and comes with mentoring and guidance from an established, award-winning lesfic writer.
Are you a con veteran and interested in being a con virgin buddy or a con virgin interested in being matched with a con veteran? For the last few years, we've used a buddy system for con virgins attending the GCLS conference for the first time. We match interested first-timers with interested con veterans so that they can email each other in advance of the conference and have someone to show them the ropes when they get to the conference. Interested?
Your GCLS needs your help. Silent and live auction items are needed to help raise funds for our General Fund and Scholarship Funds. Both are critical to the GCLS membership and to serving the GCLS mission of increasing the visibility and integrity of lesbian-themed literature.