Pod: Keeping the Romance (Novel) Alive: A Candid Conversation between Georgia Beers and Anne Shade, with Introduction by Len Barot

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Georgia Beers is the Lambda Literary Award, Foreword Book of the Year Award, and Goldie Award winning author of over thirty novels of women-loving-women romance. She resides in Upstate New York where she was born and raised. When not writing, she can usually be found searching for a scary movie, lifting all the weights, sipping a good Pinot, or trying to...

Pod: Just One More Page…

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With Elle E. Ire, Riley Scott, Meredith Doench, and M.B. Austin: Suspense isn’t just for thrillers and mysteries. It’s the element that keeps readers of all genres on the edge of their seats and makes them say, “Just one more page.” Join the Feisty FOES—a group of multi-genre WLW authors (Elle E. Ire, Riley Scott, Meredith Doench, and MB Austin)—to...

Pearls: Fiction & Nonfiction

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The following authors will be reading excerpts from their work: Rita Potter, SA Mossman, Becca Spence Dobias, Kimberly Dark, Christiana Harrell, and Kenni York. Rita Potter, Upheaval (As We Know Book 1), SA Mossman, Last Night at the Fremont, Becca Spence Dobias, On Home, Kimberly Dark, Damaged Like Me, Christiana Harrell, For Bidding or for Worse, Kenni York, Testing My...

Pearls: Fiction & Nonfiction

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The following authors will be reading excerpts from their work: Catharine Wright, Melanie Mitzner, Estela González, Sue Katz, Chris Stark, and Briona Jones. Catharine Wright from Tipton's Town Clerk, Melanie Mitzner from Slow Reveal, Estela González from Arribada, Sue Katz from The Unexpected Primrose, Chris Stark from Carnival Lights, Briona Jones "Introduction: No Hand, No Gaze" from Mouths of Fire:...

Pod: Make it Funny!

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With Fay Jacobs: Writing humorous prose can be taught. Whether you want to add humor to a novel or an essay, develop funny characters, or make readers laugh out loud at whatever comes from your keyboard, this workshop will provide advice and rules for writing funny stuff. By reading and analyzing copy from humor writers, you'll learn what makes something...

Pod: Our International Writing Partnership: A Booster Against Covid

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With Sue Katz and Elizabeth Woodcraft: Two writers – Elizabeth Woodcraft in London and Sue Katz in Boston – explore our international writing partnership before and during the pandemic, as well as our varied experiences with the world of publishing. We will do brief readings from our work. We’ll discuss our enduring commitment to encouraging each other, despite living on...

Pod: Rural Spaces and Queer Women

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With Catharine Wright and Estela González: As residents of a small Vermont town, writers Catharine Wright and Estela González often turn their attention to how queer women experience both living and writing in rural spaces. In this 60-minute Pod they will discuss how a small town in Vermont and a port town in Mexico inspired their recent fiction projects (one...

Pearls: Science Fiction, Speculative Fiction, & Fantasy

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The following authors will be reading excerpts from their work: K. Aten, Tenea D Johnson, Regina Hanel, JB Marsden, K. Ancrum, and Eboni Dunbar. K. Aten from Elemental Attraction, Tenea D. Johnson from Frequencies, a Fiction Album, Regina Hanel from Cassethea of Mercia, JB Marsden from Virago, K. Ancrum from The Weight of the Stars, Eboni Dunbar from Stone and Steel...

Pod: Root to Fruit: Producing Speculative Fiction By and About People of Color

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With Tenea D. Johnson and Silk Jazmyne: Join authors Tenea D. Johnson and Silk Jazmyne for a conversation about people of color in speculative fiction: from the foundations that informed the work to the formulations pushing the genre to ever-new and exciting realms. Both as subject and creator, people of color are enriching the genre and expanding the boundaries of...

Pod: The Secret Lives of Historical Novelists

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With Ellen Levy and Elena Graf: This presentation provides an inside look at the rationale, craft, and process of creating lesbian historical fiction. The topics covered will include: the reasons we write historical fiction, and how history impacts our work; how we incorporate lesbian identity, faith and sex in our writing; recreating history but keeping it true to the facts;...

Pearls: Fiction, Romance, & Poetry

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The following authors will be reading excerpts from their work: Nisi Shawl, DT Bush, Stephanie Shea, Misa Sugiura, Elizabeth Andre, Sara Yager, and EF Schraeder. Nisi Shawl from "The Things I Miss the Most," D T Bush from Sweet Honey Wine, Stephanie Shea from Whispering Oaks, Misa Sugiura from Love & Other Natural Disasters, Elizabeth Andre from Trail of Hearts, E.F....

Pod: How Editors and Authors Can Stay Friends

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With Fay Jacobs and Stefani Deoul: Editing can be a tough process for the editor and the author. Can friends take on these roles and keep from dissolving the friendship? YES! But it's dicey fun. Learn how to edit your work for crisper, tighter writing. Become an expert self-editor and understand the relationship between content editors and authors. Stefani Deoul...

Pearls: Memoir

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The following authors will be reading excerpts from their work: Esther Newton, Lois McGuinness, Mary Ciner, Pat Hulsebosch, Elizabeth McCain, and Ginny Z. Berson. Esther Newton from "Old Movie Star," Lois McGuinness from The Queen of Denial, Mary Ciner from Bar Time: A Lesbian Rite of Passage, Pat Hulsebosch from "Not Napping," Elizabeth McCain from A Lesbian Belle Tells, Ginny Z....

Pearls: Memoir & Fiction

The following authors will be reading excerpts from their work: Carol Anne Douglas, Sara Fleming, Sharon Deevey, Lynn Ames, Paula Martinac, and Ginny Z  Berson. Carol Anne Douglas from Sister Matthew and Sister Rose: Novices in Love (fiction), Sara Fleming "Pool Talk at the Women's Resort," Sharon Deevey "Nurse" from The Zebra Reader: A Lesbian NET Cancer Journey, Lynn Ames from...

Pod: Love & Romance Writing: Building Our Happily Ever Afters

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With Jae, Karin Kallmaker, Celeste Castro, and LaToya Hankins: Everyone wants a good love story, come join us as we discuss what goes into crafting a compelling romance, tropes of the trade, and the importance of showcasing diverse happily ever afters. Jae is the author of 22 award-winning sapphic romance novels. She lives in the sunniest city in Germany, near the...

Pod: The BookstaGays: An LGBTQ+ Books Podcast

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With Alex Cario and Sam Land: The BookstaGays is a weekly podcast that discusses LGBTQIAP+ books, interviews LGBTQIAP + authors, and invites fellow queer friends on to talk about relevant topics such as coming out, the importance of representation, labels, the intersections of identities, and more. In this panel, Alex and Sam will discuss how and why they started a...

Pod: More Love and Romance Writing: Building Our Happily Ever Afters

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With Erin Zak, Stephanie Shea, Fiona Riley, Lola Keeley, and Ava Freeman: Everyone wants a good love story, come join us as we discuss what goes into crafting a compelling romance, tropes of the trade, and the importance of showcasing diverse happily ever afters. Lola Keeley is a writer and coder. After moving to London to pursue her love of theatre,...

Pod: Character, not Caricature: Writing People Who are Not Like You

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With Cheryl A Head: You’re a writer so you should be able to write about anything you want. Right?  Well, yes. But…if you’re writing fiction that includes characters who are, for instance, persons of color, differently-abled, non-binary, or culturally different than you, your readers want (and increasingly demand) you give those characters full, authentic, three-dimensional personality.  Let’s discuss some of...

Pod: Moving in Two Worlds: Telling Stories about Our Intersecting Communities and Identities, & Undoing their Stereotypes

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With Chris Stark and Giovanna Capone: Chris Stark and Giovanna Capone will read brief excerpts from their work and talk about their challenges and triumphs as they tell stories in literature and in documentary film that portray characters who embody two or more identities, cultures, and communities: Native American and Italian American. They will discuss telling these stories from a...

Pearls: Romance & Fiction

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The following authors will be reading excerpts from their work: Becky Bohan, Isis Brown, LaToya Hankins, and Anondra "Kat" Williams. Becky Bohan from The Santorini Setup, Isis Brown from Worlds Apart, LaToya Hankins from SBF Seeking, Anondra "Kat" Williams from Pat Greene Becky Bohan has published both fiction and nonfiction. Her novel A Light on Altered Landwas a 2021 Goldie Finalist. Her...

Pod: Writers’ Groups: Going Deep, Soaring High, Bringing Out the Best

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With Becky Bohan, Carol Anne Douglas, Dana Finnegan, Sara Fleming, Ellen Levy, Lois McGuinness, and Sara Yager: What makes a successful writers’ group? Members of the Carefree Writers’ Circle from North Fort Myers will discuss the purpose and value of writing groups. As an open, non-genre specific group, the Carefree Writers’ Circle helps develop novice writers and puts the polishing...

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