Education at GCLS

One of the key mandates of the GCLS is to provide educational opportunities for our members and the general public regarding topics related to writing and to lesbian literature.  This includes authors, readers, editors, and more.  

The GCLS offers four educational programs:
  1. The GCLS Writing Academy (New for 2014);
  2. The Mentoring Program (Revised in 2014);
  3. GCLS Presents... ;  and
  4. The Annual GCLS Conference

The GCLS Writing Academy

The GCLS Writing Academy is a year long program for new writers who already have at least part of a novel written and who qualify regarding a number of different skills/attributes. Over the course of the year, the students 'begin at the beginning', covering the basics of grammar and writing, and then moving on to the foundations of writing, research methods, genre specific skills, the life of a writer, preparing to be published, and ends with a mentoring experience.  

Mentoring Program

The Mentoring Program has been redesigned and has re-opened to provide quality mentoring opportunities for new writers whose writing is sufficiently advanced as to warrant the highly valuable time and energy from an award winning author as their mentor.  This program assumes that the writer has already taken some courses in writing, has a significant amount written of their first novel, recognizes some of their shortcomings and is looking for a mentor to help move them in the right direction towards polishing their work in preparation for publication (whether indie or to a publisher).  

If you believe that you are ready for a mentor, please click here to access the Mentee Application Form.  We are accepting applications for the first session of 2014 until January 20th, 2014.

If you are an award winning author and/or have significant experience in teaching and/or mentoring writers, please consider applying to be a mentor for this highly sought after program.  There is nothing more rewarding than "Paying forward" to our new up and coming authors.  Click here to apply to be a mentor  (Coming very soon).

"GCLS Presents..."

"GCLS Presents..." is a program that offers live and streamed pre-recorded interviews and presentations. GCLS Presents... offers four distinct areas of expertise:

  • Author interviews;
  • Author Panels;
  • Content Experts (Interviews with people who are experts in location, skills, procedures, policies and other areas of research interest to authors);
  • The Craft of Writing.
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..." events.

Visit the "GCLS Presents..." home page for more information

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 which allow readers and authors to connect with each other.

Our Annual Conference is usually held in July and moves around the country each year. Our upcoming Conferences will be:
  • July 9-13, 2014 - Portland, OR. At the Red Lion at Jantzen Beach.
  • July 22-25, 2015 - New Orleans. At the Hilton Riverside, New Orleans.
  • July 6-10, 2016 - Washington, DC. At the Hilton Alexandria Mark Center.
For more information on the next Conference, Click Here.

2015 Conference

New Orleans, LA
July 22-26, 2015


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The Mission of the Golden Crown Literary Society    

The Golden Crown Literary Society (GCLS) is a non-profit, volunteer organization whose mission is for the education, promotion, and recognition of lesbian fiction and creative non-fiction. Our goals are to:
  1. Provide learning opportunities, encouragement and assistance to new and established authors in developing their craft;
  2. Support and strengthen quality lesbian writing by providing educational programs and creating opportunities for readers and writers to interact; and
  3. To recognize and promote lesbian literary work. 
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