GCLS is approaching…

Hey, people! I know a bunch of us are gearing up for the GCLS conference in Dallas this year. <–that link right there will give you all kinds of info. For reals, yo.

Basically, it's a celebration of lesfic writing. It includes panels by authors who write in lesfic (various genres), writing workshops, informal chat sessions with authors, book signings, book readings, and vendors. There's also a silent auction, the awards ceremony, and a dance.

You get to see some of the authors you read in person — I know that this year, for example, Karin Kallmaker, Gerri Hill, Georgia Beers, Carsen Taite, and K.G. MacGregor are all on a panel together. Georgia Beers is giving the keynote address and Carsen Taite will also be speaking. And that’s just a tiny taste of the amazing-ness that’s scheduled.

It’s also a great place to meet people, network, find out about authors whose work you weren’t aware of, and create community.

So if you’re able to, maybe consider this conference as something to attend this year or plan for next year (rumor has it it’ll be in Portland…).

If you’ve attended a GCLS in the past, leave your thoughts here. What was the coolest thing for you? What panels or workshops did you find most useful? If you haven’t attended and you’re going to this year, what are you hoping to get out of it?

Hope to see you there!

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  1. GCLS rocks. It’s like a family reunion with people you actually want to see every year. Karaoke night has become one of the highlights of the conference (in fact, two years ago, one of the hotel staff even joined in the fun on a Lady GaGa tune). And we usually take over whatever lounge/bar/cafe the hotel has every evening we are there. It’s interesting to watch the other patrons react to the horde of lesbians who just cannot stop having a great time. And those who would rather be out in the evenings, exploring whatever city we are in, you will never have a problem finding at least one other person who will happily go with you. I have met so many wonderful people since I started attending the con in 2008. GCLS is an event I start planning for the second I get home from the previous conference.

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  2. GCLS is a blast. My first year I was so overwhelmed with all the authors and readers there, and just being with this wonderful group of women — I felt like a kid in a candy store the whole time. I got to meet such cool people! Last year the con was in my home town, so it was a little less overwhelming. Even so, I got caught up in the excitement of it. And like Cheyne said, it’s like going to a reunion with people you truly want to see. The writing seminars are excellent, the readings are fun, and the panels are wonderful. And the people are the best.

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