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Jul 2015


Hilton New Orleans Riverside Hotel, Two Poydras Street,
New Orleans, Louisiana,
Tel: (504) 561-0500

GCLS 2015 Annual Conference






Agenda +


Jul 22   



8:00 - 11:00am:  

Port/Starboard/Riverside Room


VOLUNTEERS:  Conference Setup
Quarterdeck Room


8:30 - 1:00pm:  

(Students only)
Compass Room


10:30 - 11:00am:  

Port/Starboard/Riverside Room



11:00 - 8:00pm:  

(Port/Starboard/Riverside Room)


1:00 - 1:45pm:  

Chart Room


2:00 - 5:00pm:  

Workshop:   World Building
Presenter: Linda Kay Silva
Location:Compass Room
All conference attendees welcome!
Writing Academy Students - Mandatory Attendance.

2:00 - 3:00pm:

Reader Trivia Challenge-Win autographed books!
With Patty Schramm, Jessie Chandler, Beth Burnett and CD
Location:Chart Room

3:10 - 5:00pm:

Con Virgins Meeting 
(Chart Room)


                 Julie BlairRenee MacKenzie


3:10 - 4:00pm:

Panel:  Coming Out Together
Moderator:  Marie Castle
Panelists: Melissa Brayden, Riley Adair Garret, Heather Jane, Jeanine Hoffman, Rachel Spangler
Location: Steering Room





4:10 - 5:00pm

So, You Want to Write?  The GCLS Writing Academy and Other Educational Offerings
An Informational Session with Liz Gibson, Liz McMullen, faculty and mentors.
Location: Steering Room


                      Chris Paynter

5:00 - 8:00pm:

MEET 'N GREET Ice Cream Social
(Vendor Room/Foyer)

8:00pm - ~10:00pm:

JD Glass in Concert


Jul 23   

8:00 - 5:30pm:    Vendor Area and Registration Desk Open


8:30 - 8:55am:  

Conference Welcome to Our Thursday Arrivals


9:00 - 9:50am:

Master Class - Part 1:  Getting "Unstuck": A Toolkit of Strategies for Unlocking Creativity
Presenter: Sherry Teitelbaum

Panel:   Dystopian Novels - Who Writes Them, Who Loves Them, Why Are They So Popular?
Moderator: S.Y. Thompson
Panelists: Mary Griggs, Jane Fletcher, Elizabeth Hodge, Linda Kay Silva
Sponsored by Sapphire Books

Panel:   How to be a Great Panelist and Moderator
Moderator: Jessie Chandler
Panelists:The audience will serve as the panelists

Author Reading-Chat: 
Authors:   Mavis Applewater             Catherine Mairosi  
                      Julie Blair                           J.M. Redman
                      Heather Rose Jones         Sheryl Wright
Moderator:Elaine Mulligan-Lynch
Location: Quarterdeck


9:50 - 10:10am:

Sponsored by  Judy Comella 
(Hallway between Vendor Area and Quarterdeck).


10:10 - 11:00am:  

Master Class - Part 2: Getting "Unstuck": A Toolkit of Strategies for Unlocking Creativity
Presenter:Sherry Teitelbaum

Panel:Overseas Amongst the Aliens: Challenges of Writing with Foreign (Non-English Speaking)
Settings and Characters.

Moderator: Shelley Thrasher
Panelists: A.L. Duncan, Heather Rose Jones, Erica Lawson, Melissa Price, Justine Saracen

Panel:Hopeful Ever After: A different Kind of HEA (Happily Ever After)
Moderator: Caren Werlinger

PanelistsJaime Clevenger, Jae, KG MacGregor, RJ Samuel, Kenna White

Author Reading-Chat: 
Authors  Lynn Ames                      Samiel Kalin
                  Rachel Calish                  Genta Sebastian 
                  Heather Jane                           
Moderator:Aschlie Lake


11:10 - 12:00pm

Session:Working With an Editor:  How, What, When, Why and Where?
Presenter: Julie Klein, editor
Location: Chart

Panel:Down These Mean Streets: How to Keep a Mystery, a Mystery
Moderator: Kelly Smith
Panelists: Ann Aptaker, Jessie Chandler, A.L. Duncan, Ann Roberts, Linda Vogt
Location: Compass

Panel:   I don't care what is written about me so long as it isn't true...
Moderator:  Patty Martin
Panelists: Karin Spangler, Lee Kallmaker, KG Lynch, Marianne K. MacGregor, Rachel Schramm
Location: Steering

Author Reading-Chat
Authors:  Melissa Brayden         Cindy Rizzo
                 CF Frizzell                   Melissa Price
                 Denise Judge
Moderator:Elaine Mulligan-Lynch
Location:  Quarterdeck

12:00 - 1:00pm:  


Win a chance to eat lunch with your favorite author!
Pick up your boxed Lunch in hallway between Vendor Room and Quarterdeck
or - buy a lunch at the food court (ask at registration for directions);

 Find friends, make new ones... invite a con virgin to join you!
Tables available in Quarterdeck, Foyer, Vendor Room

1:00 - 1:50pm:     

Master Class - Part 1: The Past as Prologue: Where We've Been, Where We Are, and Where We're Going
Presenters:  Sandra Moran and Marianne K. Martin
Location: Chart
Sponsored by Lesfic_Unbound

Presentation: So You Want To Start A Book Club...
Presenter: Sandy Thornton, Jewel Book Club
Location:  Compass
Sponsored by Lesfic_Unbound

Panel:  It's sex Jim, but not as we know it.
Moderator:  Pat Cronin 
Panelists:  Jane Fletcher, Erica Lawson, MB Panichi, Angela Peach
Location:  Steering

Author Reading-Chat: 
Authors  Jessie Chandler,                        Justine Saracen,
                  Wynn Malone,                            Elizabeth Sims, 
                  Lacey Schmidt,                          Kenna White
Moderator:Jessie Chandler
Location:  Quarterdeck
Sponsored by Bywater Books

2:00 - 2:50pm:

Master Class - Part 2:  The Past as Prologue: Where We've Been, Where We Are, and Where We're Going
Presenters:  Sandra Moran and Marianne K. Martin
Location: Chart
Sponsored by LesFic_Unbound

Panel: We’ve Come to Murder
Moderator:  Baxter Clare Trautman
Panelists:  Mavis Applewater, Erica Lawson, Martha Miller, Elizabeth Sims
Location: Compass

Panel: Read Between The Lines: The Intersection of Lesbian Literature and the Graphic Novel
Moderator:  Rachel Spangler
Panelists:Paige Braddock, Kris Dresen, JD Glass, Linda Kay Silva
Location: Steering

Presentation:Beyond Just Reading:  How to be Involved as a Reader
Presenters: Beth Burnett & Aschlie Lake
Location:  Quarterdeck
Sponsored by Karen McIntyre

2:50 - 3:10pm:     

BREAK on your own

3:10 - 4:00pm:    

Session:The Business & Production of Audio Books - Engaging Readers Through Another Sense!
Presenter: Shawn Marie Bryan
Location: Chart

BOOK CLUB MEETING(Open to all conference attendees)
Book:River Walker by Cate Culpepper
Moderator: Sandy Thornton
Location: Compass
Sponsored by Lesfic_Unbound

Panel:   Do I Have To Go Outside? Research At The Desk And In The Field
Moderator:  Stacia Seaman
Panelists:     Cheyne Curry, Rachel Gold, Sandra Moran, Justine Saracen, Jen Silver
Location: Steering

Author Reading/Chat: 
Authors:     Erica Abbott                                      Renee MacKenzie
                    Diane & Jacob Anderson-Minshall   Carol Rosenfeld
                    Karin Kallmaker                                Ali Spooner
Moderator:Karin Kallmaker
Location:  Quarterdeck
Sponsored by Affinity eBooks

 Diane & Jacob Anderson-Minshall                                        Ali SpoonerDiane & Jacob Anderson-Minshall       Location: Quarterdeck

4:00 - 5:30pm +/-:     

An Informational Meeting for our Members, Recognition Awards, 5 & 10 year pins, and time for Q&A with the Board.
Board Members will remain after the meeting to answer any questions there aren't time for during the meeting.
Location: Chart


7:30 - ?:
A Carol Burnett Extravaganza 
Join in the laughter as we watch some of the best slapstick comedy ever produced.
Come in costume!! (Not required)  Prizes!
Hosts:  Karen Badger and Bliss
Location:  Chart


8:00 - 10:15pm:
Haunted Happenings... 
Readings by Your Favorite Paranormal Authors
Sponsored by Judy Comella
Hosted by Linda Kay Silva
To Be in the Audience, Sign up at Registration Desk and get map.
LIMIT 20 attendees per session!  Sign up early - don't be disappointed.


Session 1:  8:00 - 9:00pm
Authors:      Jae
                     D. Jackson Leigh
                     Liz McMullen
                     S.Y. Thompson
                     Marie Castle
Note to authors: Meet by the Taxi stand / rotating doors at 7:30pm for a ride to Muriels

Session 2:  9:15 - 10:15pm
                     Tanai Walker
                     R.G. Emmanuelle
                     Ali Vali
                     Sheri Lewis Wohl
Note to authors: Meet by the Taxi stand / rotating doors at 8:45pm for a ride to Muriels


Jul 24   

8:00 - 6:00pm:    Vendor Area and Registration Desk Open


8:30 - 9:20am:  

Master Class - Part 1:  More Than Dead Bodies and Sex: Plot, Suspense and Structure in the Mystery Novel
Presenter: J.M. Redmann and Greg Herren
Location: Chart

Panel:  Flying By The Seats of Our Pants: The Changing Dynamics of Lesbian Fiction
Moderator:  Andi Marquette
Panelists: Jessie Chandler, RG Emanuelle, Ann McMan, Chris Paynter
Location: Compass


Panel: Who Says We're Not Normal? (Paranormal, that is...)
Moderator:Sheri Lewis Wohl
Panelists:Mavis Applewater, Karen Badger, Rachel Gold, D. Jackson Leigh, Ali Vali
Location:  Steering Room


Author Reading-Chat: 
Authors:   Georgia Beers                      RJ Samuel
                  Jeanine Hoffman                  Rachel Spangler
                  MB Panichi                           Caren Werlinger
Moderator:Lynne Pierce
Location:  Quarterdeck


Location:  Quarterdeck MB Panichi                         Rachel Spangler                      
 Rachel SpanglerMB Panichi                       Caren Werlinger
 Location:  Quarterdeck

9:20 - 9:40am:

Sponsored by  Lambda Literary 
(Hallway between Vendor Area and Quarterdeck).


9:40 - 10:30am:  

Master Class - Part 2: More Than Dead Bodies and Sex: Plot, Suspense, and Structure in the Mystery Novel
Presenter: J.M. Redmann and Greg Herren
Location: Chart

PanelFanFic to LesFic
Moderator: Isabella
Panelists: Karen Badger, Kathleen Knowles, KG MacGregor, Ann McMan
Location: Compass
Sponsored by Sapphire Books

PanelFade to Black or Go There - Part 1: Let's Talk About Sex In Our Books
Moderator: Cindy Rizzo

Panelists: Jeanine Hoffman, Sandra Moran, Linda North, Erin O'Reilly, Rebecca Swartz
Location: Steering



Author Reading-Chat
Authors:   Pat Cronin                      Lee Lynch
                A.L. Duncan                     Jen Silver
                Riley Adair Garret          Baxter Clare Trautman

Moderator:Elaine Mulligan-Lynch
Location:  Quarterdeck


10:40 - 11:30am

Session:Evil 201: Wicked Women - Why We Love Them & How We Use Them.
Presenter: Shari Lewis Wohl
Location: Chart

Presentation:Judging A Book By Its Content:  The GCLS Judging and Awards Process
Presenters: Tiffany Berry (GCLS Awards Administrator) and Carleen Spry (Awards Liaison)
Location: Compass

Panel:  Fade To Black Or Go There - Part 2: That Scene Really Turned Me On/Off
Moderator:  Cindy Rizzo
Panelists:  Karin Kallmaker, Taylor James, Chris Paynter, MJ Williamz
Sponsored by Robbi McCoy

Author Reading-Chat
:  Dorothy Allison                 Andi Marquette
                 Mary Griggs                      K'Anne Meinel
                 Elizabeth Hodge               Anastasia Vitsky
Moderator: Pat Cronin
Location: Quarterdeck
Sponsored by KE Jaeck


11:30 - 12:30pm:  

Auctioneer:  Carleen Spry
Fun for all - come join us and bid on our authors!



12:30 - 1:30pm:  

Win a chance to eat lunch with your favorite author!
Boxed Lunches located in hallway between Vendor Room and Quarterdeck.
If buying your own, check with Registration Desk for directions to food Court.



1:30 - 2:20pm:     

Special Speaker:   ALI VALI
Introduction by Carsen Taite



2:30 - 6:30pm:

The Vendor Room, Panels, Readings and Author Autographs
are open to the General Public.


2:30 - 3:20pm

Session: Engaging The Reader Through Great Dialogue  (Not Open to the Public)
Presenter: Erica Abbott and Pol Robinson
Location: Chart

Panel:  Liar, Liar...  (Can you guess who is telling the lie?)  (Open to the Public)
Moderator: Carsen Taite
Panelists:Dorothy Allison, Georgia Beers, Melissa Brayden, Andi Marquette, Elizabeth Sims
Location: Compass

Panel: Reading, Writing and Understanding the Paranormal (Open to the Public)
Moderator: Linda Kay Silva
Panelists: Liz McMullen, Shelia Powell, Sheryl Wright
Location: Steering
Sponsored by KE Jaeck

Author Reading-Chat:  (Open to the Public)
Authors:    C.D. Cain                           Sandra Moran
                   Isabella                              Angela Peach
                   Ann McMan                       Dillon Watson
Moderator:Lynn Ames
: Quarterdeck
Sponsored by Sapphire Books

3:30 - 4:20pm
(Not open to the Public)

Session: The 25 Tips You Need To Write Faster, Please Your Readers, and Sell More Books
Presenter: Melissa Brayden
Location: Chart

Book Club Meeting: 
Book:  The Fall  by Robin Alexander
Led by:Sandy Thornton
Location: Compass
Sponsored by Lesfic_Unbound



3:30 - 4:50pm
(Open to the public)
Gallery Style Psychic Reading with Psychic Shelia Powell
Location: Steering



AUTHORS: Please proceed to Quarterdeck
- Get autographs and take your seat by 4:25pm


4:30 - 6:00pm:

(Open to the public)
Location: Quarterdeck
Vendor room will be open if you want to purchase a book for signing!


6:00 - 7:00pm
Dinner on your own
7:00 - 8:30pm:
Aging Gracelessly: 50 Shades of Fay
An Oral Memoir in Two short Acts
Join Fay Jacobs for an unforgettable evening of humor and inspiration
Sponsored by Bywater Books
8:30pm - 12:30am
Theme: Masquerade
Come in costume!!  (Not required).   Prizes!
Hosts:  Karen Badger and Bliss
Location: Quarterdeck
Jul 25   

:00 - 3:00pm:    Vendor Area and Registration Desk Open


8:30 - 9:20am:  

Session:  Lighting The Fire and Keeping It Lit: Engaging Yourself In Order To Engage your Reader
Presenters: Eva Indigo & Catherine Friend
Location:  Chart

Panel:Short Form: The Art of Writing Winning Short Stories
Moderator: Salem West
Panelists: Georgia Beers, Karin Kallmaker, Ann McMan, Dorothy Allison, Lee Lynch
Location: Compass

Panel:  Living and Laughing Ain't a Crime: Balancing Humor and Romance with Crime
Moderator:  Jessie Chandler
Panelists: K'Anne Meinel, Carol Rosenfield, Carsen Taite, Ali Vali, Connie Ward
Location: Steering

Author Reading-Chat: 
Authors:     Ann Aptaker                  Linda Kay Silva
                    Karen Badger               Laine Villaneuve
                    Martha Miller                      
Moderator:  Aschlie Lake
Location: Quarterdeck
Sponsored by KE Jaeck

9:20 - 9:40am:


Sponsored by Desert Palm Press 
(Hallway between Vendor Area and Quarterdeck).


9:40 - 10:30am:  

Session: Why Writers Appsolutely Need to be Tech Savvy:  Working Smarter Not Harder
Presenter: Linda Kay Silva
Location: Chart

Panel: A Kiss is a Kiss - or is it?
Moderator: Karen Badger
Panelists: Georgia Beers, Jove Belle, Melissa Brayden, Melissa Price, MJ Williamz
Location: Compass
Sponsored by BL Miller/Rose Quartz Publishing

Panel: Your First Book: Taking It From Your Head to the Page
Moderator: Fay Jacobs
Panelists: Barrett, Beth Burnett, C.D. Cain, Denise Judge, Kenna White
Location: Steering

Author Reading-Chat: 
Authors:   Nat Burns                Erica Lawson
                  Lorraine Howell       KG MacGregor
                  Eva Indigo               Linda Vogt
Moderator:Elaine Mulligan-Lynch
: Quarterdeck


10:40am - 12:00pm

Introduction by Sandra Moran
Sponsored by Carleen Spry



12:00 - 1:00pm:  

Win a chance to eat lunch with your favorite author!
Boxed Lunches located in hallway between Vendor Room and Quarterdeck



1:00 - 1:50pm:     


Master Class - Part 1Parting The Veil: Magic In The Everyday WorldPresenterSheri Lewis Wohl
Location:  Chart



Panel: Science Fiction: Boldly Going Where Women Kick Ass
Moderator: Andi Marquette
Panelists: Nat Burns, Elizabeth Hodge, Linda North, S.Y. Thompson
Location: Compass 

Presentation: Between The Lines:  Writing and Reading Effective Book Reviews
Presenters:  Carleen Spry, Salem West & Lynne Pierce
Location: Steering

Author Reading-Chat:  (Chart)
Authors:    Barrett                                  Chris Paynter
                   Kris Bryant                           Missouri Vaun
                   JD Glass                               
Moderator:  Jessie Chandler
Location:  Quarterdeck

2:00 - 2:50pm:    

Master Class - Part2Parting The Veil: Magic In The Everyday World
Presenter: Sheri Lewis Wohl
Location:  Chart

Panel:  So, I Had This Idea...  (An annual event!).
Moderator:  Karin Kallmaker
Panelists:   Kris Bryant, Cd Cain, Sandy Duggar, A.L. Duncan, Laina Villeneuve, Jen Silver
Location:  Compass

Panel:Breaking Bad: Writing About Lesbians Drinking, Smoking, Drugging, Swearing, Stealing and Fighting
Moderator:  Elizabeth Sims
Panelists:  Cheyne Curry, Isabella, Riley Adair Garret, JM Redmann, Ann Aptaker
Location: Steering

Author Reading-Chat:  (Chart)
Authors:  Jaime Clevenger                 Linda North
                 DeJay                                 Rebecca Swartz
                 Fay Jacobs                                                  
Moderator:  Aschlie Lake
Location:  Quarterdeck


3:00 - 3:45pm:

Mandatory Attendance

-Walk Through the Awards Ceremony
BALLROOM A&B - First Floor Main Hotel Building


3:00 - 6:00pm:   

On Your Own  (Vendor Area Closed).


6:00 - 7:00pm:
Hors D'Oeuvres and No Host Bar
Ballrooms A&B - First Floor, Main Hotel Building
7:00 - ~9:30pm:
Ballrooms A&B - First Floor, Main Hotel Building
Masters of Ceremony:  Lynn Ames and Ann McMan
~10:00pm - 1:00am:
No Host Bar
Ballrooms A&B - First Floor, Main Hotel Building
DJ:  Sonja Lofton



Jul 26   

6:30 - 8:30am:


Early Departure?  Sign up at the registration desk for a bag breakfast!
(Hallway between Vendor Area and Quarterdeck).


8:30 - 12:00pm:  




9:30 - 10:00pm:  

Location:  Chart



10:00 - 11:00pm:  





Safe Travels!  See you next year in DC!


12:00 - 3:00pm:  

(Vendors & Volunteers only)

Keynote Speakers +

Dorothy Allison

Dorothy Allison grew up in Greenville, South Carolina, the first child of a fifteen-year-old unwed mother who worked as a waitress.
Now living in Northern California with her partner Alix and her teenage son, Wolf Michael, she describes herself as a feminist,
a working class story teller, a Southern expatriate, a sometime poet and a happily born-again Californian.

The first member of her family to graduate from high school, Allison attended Florida Presbyterian college on a National Merit Scholarship and
studied anthropology at the New School for Social Research.

An award winning editor for Quest, Conditions, and Outlook—early feminist and Lesbian & Gay journals, Allison's chapbook of poetry,
The Women Who Hate Me, was published with Long Haul Press in 1983. Her short story collection, Trash (1988) was published by Firebrand Books.
Trash won two Lambda Literary Awards and the American Library Association Prize for Lesbian and Gay Writing.

Allison says that the early Feminist movement changed her life. "It was like opening your eyes under water. It hurt, but suddenly everything that had
been dark and mysterious became visible and open to change." However, she admits, she would never have begun to publish her stories
if she hadn't gotten over her prejudices, and started talking to her mother and sisters again.

Allison received mainstream recognition with her novel Bastard Out of Carolina, (1992) a finalist for the 1992 National Book Award.
The novel won the Ferro Grumley prize, an ALA Award for Lesbian and Gay Writing, became a best seller, and an award-winning movie.
It has been translated into more than a dozen languages.


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