I just returned from ten days of sightseeing in Washington DC & Alexandria and from attending the GCLS conference–a conference for readers and writers of lesbian fiction.
This has been my third conference, and it’s always a highlight of my year.
It’s impossible to put into words how it feels to be surrounded by people who “get” lesbian fiction and what it means to me.
I attended a great class on Self-Care for Writers by Beth Burnett and panels on Women of Color in Lesbian Fiction and Differently Abled Characters. I was a panelist on the historical fiction panel, moderated by Patty Schramm, and I let myself be auctioned off for a lunch with two readers and Georgia Beers (not a sacrifice, really!).
It’s not just about the interesting classes, panels, and readings; it’s about seeing old friends and making new acquaintances. This year, I met one of my beta readers, who’s from Germany too, but we had never met face-to-face before, and some of my fellow Ylva Publishing authors and editors. We even had an Ylva dinner at a wonderful restaurant in Alexandria.
The GCLS is doing a great job of making everyone feel welcome. This year, they even paired up con virgins with buddies who introduced them around, and I was happy to volunteer to be a buddy for one of them.
The culmination of the conference is always the awards ceremony on Saturday night, and I was honored to take home two awards, one of them for Good Enough to Eat, my paranormal romance that I co-wrote with Alison Grey, the other for Don’t Be Shy, the erotica anthology that I co-edited with Astrid Ohletz.
Here’s a link to the full list of Goldie winners.
I’m already looking forward to the GCLS conference in Chicago next year!
4 thoughts on “Back from the GCLS conference”
Thank you for sharing your conference, imagine being surrounded by all the Ms Writes what inspiration! Looking forward to the fruits coming forth.
Thank you, Debby!
Congratulations on the awards! It sounds like you had a wonderful time on DC :)
Thank you! Yes, I did. I didn’t get as much sightseeing in as I had initially wanted, but the conference is becoming more professional every year. It was good to see so many familiar faces and also more younger writers and readers at the con.