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It’s something that I will always look at and feel an immense sense of pride and joy.

I was lucky to be a part of the first GCLS Writing Academy. It was a course which introduced new friends who I will always enjoy cheering on and saw me work, once more, with my dear friend Sandra on La Vie en Bleu.

Cheryl accepted an award on her behalf at the GCLS awards night and said, “go out and buy yourself the brightest set of sneakers and raise that bar.”

What better way to celebrate a friendship than to get involved with the GCLS Writing Academy and mentoring program. In theory, it was a great idea, but in reality? I knew I had plenty to share from all the wonderful teachers I’ve learned from but I didn’t think the GCLS would:

  1. a) Think someone with my amount of disabilities was…

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Coming Around Again: Guest Blog with Beth Burnett plus GIVEAWAY

Women and Words

Okay, I’m about to get a little heavy here so to make it up to you for wading through the darkness with me, I’m giving away three e-copies of Coming Around Again. Leave a comment and the happy heathens at Women and Words will randomly pick the winners.

Andi note: And those happy heathens will do the drawing Wednesday, Aug. 1 at 9 PM EDT US!

One weekend last summer, I had a bunch of women visiting. We were hanging out on the back porch in front of the fire pit, drinking cocktails, and processing our trauma – you know, like you do. We talked about how so many of us have felt broken and how we’ve been told that if we can’t love ourselves, we can’t expect someone else to love us.

That’s unfair. Self-love is an on-going process and we live under the weight of a society whose…

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GCLS Conference

joy and beth at con 2018My partner and I got married two days before conference, so the whole thing was kind of like a working honeymoon. Despite that, the Golden Crown Literary Society this year felt like a homecoming. Perhaps that sounds odd, with over 100 new people this year, but it felt intimate, loving, and welcoming.

We had a diverse crowd, different ages, different races. It was wonderful to see so many young people. The board is getting old (I mean that lovingly – I’m part of the board) and we need young, fresh minds to shake things up for us and keep us relevant.

beth readingI read from my soon to be released novel, Coming Around Again. Incidentally, my publisher had copies of the book at the conference as an early bonus and it sold out. I’m sure it had nothing to do with me promising to write naughty things in the books that people bought.

The writing academy was a shining star this year. The whole 2018 graduating class was there and they were amazing. Such a great group of talented and smart women. I was proud of them in every way. The WA also donated a free year’s tuition to the GCLS raffle and it was won by a woman who had been in the writing academy presentation, excitedly asking lots of questions. I have a feeling she is going to do great things.

The GCLS board works tirelessly to put on this event. (Okay, not tirelessly – we are all exhausted.) This is a labor of love as the board is all-volunteer. We all put so much time and effort into bringing the best conference experience to every participant. And our reward, other than the happy faces and awesome hugs, is coming back and doing it all again for next year.

I hope to see a huge crowd in Pittsburgh next year. We just keep getting better every year and I can’t wait to see how incredible the next one will be.