The GCLS Annual Conference
The Golden Crown Literary Society’s annual conference is the premier lesbian literary event for both authors and readers. In a different city each year, the event brings together readers, fans, writers, editors and publishers to celebrate the best in lesbian literature. For more information on the GCLS, download our brochure, and take a look around the website. Questions? Contact us!
Why should I attend?
READERS: If you’re a reader or fan, you can meet authors whose works you enjoy and learn about what they’re working on now. The conference is big enough that you can meet many of the top authors in the field of lesbian literature, but small enough that you’ll be able to get your books autographed and sit in on cozy coffee chats where authors answer your questions, or win a chance to have lunch with an author!
Our theme for 2015 is “Engaging the Reader”! So we will be having a number of sessions and panels of specific interest to readers! (and of course authors, who are also readers!). Such topics as How to be a Beta Reader, How to write Reviews, How to form a Book Club, and more will be offered, alongside many other exciting and fun panels. We will be holding a paranormal author reading in a historical location in New Orleans – to be announced at the Conference.
Last but not least – every lunch hour you will have the opportunity to win one of four seats at a table where you will be joined by two authors. You will have their full attention during the lunch break! We will also have one lunch, where every table will have an author at it. The table will be labeled by genre. Pick your favorite genre and author, and grab a seat! No charge.
AUTHORS / WRITERS: If you’re a writer, whether published or just starting out, the Workshops, Master Classes and Sessions are a tremendous opportunity to hone your craft. Our Workshops and Master Classes are taught by world class authors of lesbian literature, many of whom are university or college professors, or teachers in Writing Programs (e.g. The Loft Literary Center in Minneapolis).
In addition, you can pitch your manuscript to attending publishers, visit with your publisher if they are in attendance, network and befriend many other authors, talk to many of our more famous authors such as Katherine Forrest, Karin Kallmaker, Lee Lynch, Linda Kay Silva, KG MacGregor, Marianne Martin, Sandra Moran and more; or form a community of authors of like minds to stay in touch with after the conference.
Last, but definitely not least – is access to your fans and potential fans – the readers! Have lunch with them, chat with them in author readings and chats, find out what makes them tick, listen to their feedback – you will find it invaluable!
The GCLS Annual Conference is one of THE lesbian events of the year
Come and join us!
For more information on the 2015 Conference in New Orleans Click Here!
What activities happen during the conference?
- Workshops for authors
- Author readings
- Coffee chats
- Master Classes
- Autograph Session!
- Lunches with authors
- Meet ‘n Greet
- An author auction
- Silent Auction
- The GCLS Awards Night
Master Class, GCLS 2013 Conference, Dallas, TX
What if I can only attend part of it?
You can purchase a ticket for the entire event, or a day pass for each day you want to attend. We have options to purchase tickets with or without lunches/brunch. We also offer standalone event tickets to the award ceremony or karaoke – e.g. if your spouse or a friend is traveling with you and they only want to join in the evening events.
Will my favorite author be there?
Probably! This year’s keynote will be given by Dorothy Alison and the special speaker is Ali Vali.
Master classes and sessions will be taught by a number of our top authors – so check back to see who will be teaching this year!
GCLS 2013 Conference,
A sampling of authors who have attended in the past (We usually have ~75 authors present):
- Lynn Ames*
- Ann Bannon
- Georgia Beers*
- Beth Burnett*
- Pat Cronin*
- Katherine Forrest
- Rachel Gold
- Jewel Gomez
- Mary Griggs*
- Ellen Hart
- Jeanine Hoffman*
- Karin Kallmaker*
- Lori L. Lake*
- Lee Lynch*
- K.G. MacGregor*
- Marianne Martin*
- Ann McMan* Lynn Ames at an Author Chat, 2013
- Sandra Moran*
- Paul Offutt*
- Mary Beth Panichi*
- Bev Prescot*
- Pol Robinson*
- Linda Kay Silva* (“Storm”)
- M.L. Skinner*
- Rachel Spangler*
- Kenna White* (Asterisks, *, indicate regular attendees)
Kallmaker and Georgia Beers,
Hamming it up at the 2013 GCLS Conference in Dallas, TX