Until September, 2013, our educational offerings included: an Annual Conference, online webinars and a mentoring program. The Annual Conference and the Webinar Program will continue as usual. However the Mentoring Program has been stopped and will be replaced by a new GCLS Writing Program.
The GCLS Writing Program
is currently under development in 2013-2014, with the plan to officially open the Program and announce our first class of cohorts at the 2014 Conference in Portland. For more information, see "GCLS Writing Program" below, which will be updated as more information becomes available.
The GCLS Annual Conference (aka "The Con")
When the GCLS first formed, the education component of the organization was limited to the annual conference, which continues on today, offering master classes, presentations, panels and general sessions as our educational component, along with author readings and author chats.
Today, our educational offerings have expanded to include mentoring opportunities for our up and coming new authors, plus online webinars on the third Saturday of each month in 2013/14. Learn more about these great educational opportunities below.
"GCLS Presents" Webinars
Attendees of the GCLS Webinars have raved about the quality of our webinars and the ability to talk one-on-one with noted authors willing to share their knowledge and expertise. These webinars are not used to promote specific authors or publishers, but rather to provide educational opportunities for unpublished authors, or published authors wanting to expand their horizons - and of course, readers are absolutely welcome to join in - we count on you being there !
Join us as we learn from experienced authors and teachers such as Lee Lynch, Lori Lake, Ellen Hart and more!
This year we are expanding the types of webinar offerings to include four distinct areas of expertise:
- Content Experts (non-authors or authors with expertise in areas of interest to writers),
- The Craft of Writing,
- General Topics in the Writing Career category, and
- Connecting readers and writers.
If you are looking to expand your knowledge or you just want to hear one of your favorite authors speak - please join us at one of our "GCLS Presents" webinars. If there is a person or topic that you would like to see in our webinar line up
, please contact us!
Visit the GCLS Webinars home page for more information
SUBMIT A PROPOSAL ONLINE
(There is a small stipend as a token of our thanks for your time and energy to put together a webinar for us.)
The Mentoring Program has now ended. We would like to thank all our Mentors who dedicated so much time and effort into this program. Do not worry, the GCLS will continue to offer mentoring as a part of the GCLS Writing Program - to students who have completed the pre-requisites in order to qualify for a mentor. For more information see "GCLS Writing Program" below.
The GCLS Writing Program
After significant input from our author-mentors and our mentees in the Mentoring Program, as well as our Trailblazers, it have become clear that there is a lack of opportunity for new lesbian authors to get access to a writing program that is focused on the lesbian genre, while also teaching the basic tenets of writing - not to mention affordable.
The GCLS has heard you, and as a result we are stopping the Mentoring Program immediately, and are focusing the efforts of a core group of mentors to design this much needed program. The plan is to officially open the Program at the 2014 Conference in Portland, by introducing the first cohort of students there.
Applications to be a student in this program will be available online in the first quarter of 2014, with a start date of July 09, 2014 - the first day of the 2014 Conference.
In 2012/13 we began requiring those who wish to volunteer as judges for the 2013 GCLS "Goldie" Awards, to attend two (2) "Training Webinars" prior to final approval as a judge for the GCLS. These webinars provide a background in the awards and judging process, ethics, confidentiality, conflict of interest, and a detailed review of judging forms and expectations regarding how judges respond to and analyze nominated books.
If you are interested in becoming a judge for the GCLS Goldie Awards, please click HERE! (2014 link coming soon)