2020 SCWA Spring Conference
SCWA invites you to participate in our 2020 Spring Conference held in wonderful Columbia, South Carolina. Learn in sessions focused on craft topics, genre specific workshops, tips and tools, and paths to publishing. Enjoy panel discussions with agents and editors, focused workshops led by SCWA member-leaders and professionals in the field and of course the traditional Slushfest. A Friday night reception begins the festivities. Saturday morning opens with a message from our keynote, award-winning author, Belle Boggs. An Open Mic event takes place Saturday night after a birthday party for SCWA. Optional morning fitness sessions like yoga and running bring the physical wellbeing into the writing practice. It’s a rich, personal, individual experience and it’s waiting for you in Columbia.
WHEN: Friday, April 24th—Sunday, April 26th
WHERE: Columbia, SC, Convention Center
CRITIQUES: Offered for additional fee
$70/10 double-spaced pages
$650/100 double-spaced pages
TRAVEL & ACCOMMODATIONS: These are left to your discretion. We recommend the nearby hotels, Marriot at 1200 Hampton Street and Marriot Courtyard at 630 Assembly Street. Both currently have room blocks for SCWA.
Chapter Leaders Special Meeting
Art Gallery Cocktail Hour & Welcome Reception featuring conference faculty
Morning and Afternoon
Keynote with Belle Boggs
Workshops and Panels including:
Keynote Workshop with Belle Boggs
Fiction – Sasscer Hill “The Power of Setting in Your Story” and Amber Wheeler Bacon “Making Messes: How Character and Plot Thrive on Mistakes”
The Writer’s Life – Derek Berry “30 Tips to Develop Sustainable Creative Habits” and Michelle Buckman “Self Editing Dos and Don'ts”
Marketing Your Published Work with Susan Sloate, John Jeter, and Alexia Paul
And many more offered in four tracks: Fiction, Nonfiction, Publishing and Tips and Tools!
SCWA’s 30th Birthday Party featuring an Awards Ceremony for the 2020 Carrie McCray Awards in partnership with the South Carolina Academy of Authors
You CAN Build a Writing Career in South Carolina – Keynote speech by Ray McManus
Slushfest with readers from Literary Journals, Publishers, and Agents
A Conversation on the Opportunities for Writers in South Carolina – Jonathan Haupt of the Pat Conroy Literary Center with Ray McManus
Discounted tickets available for the Columbia Food & Wine Festival