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2024 Storyfest

  • 27 Sep 2024
  • 1:00 PM
  • 29 Sep 2024
  • 1:00 PM
  • DoubleTree by Hilton, 2100 Bush River Road, Columbia, SC 29210
  • 218


  • Logged in members registering between 4/15/2024 and 6/15/2024
  • Non-members of SCWA registering between 4/15/2024 through 6/15/2024
  • Paid members registering between 6/16/24 through 8/16/24
  • Nonmembers who register for conference between 6/16/24 and 8/16/24
  • Members who are up-to-date on their membership and registering between 8/17/24 through 9/25/24
  • Nonmembers registering between 8/17/24 through 9/25/24
  • A student who can provide valid student ID. Must be uploaded upon registration.
  • One-Day ticket for Saturday, Sept. 28, ONLY. Email for registration code.
  • Friday Masterclass: Tiffany Yates Martin ONLY.

    NO CONFERENCE REGISTRATION. Email for registration code.

    If you register for the conference, select this as an add-on event to your registration and pay the fee.


2024 Storyfest logo

The South Carolina Writers Association will host its annual conference, 2024 Storyfest, Sept. 27 through 29 in Columbia, featuring more than a dozen acclaimed authors, agents and editors.

The event, to be held at the DoubleTree by Hilton, will include talks and classes by writers from South Carolina, Georgia, California and New York, including Lynn Cullen, national bestselling author of “The Girl with a Cure” and “Mrs. Poe;” Grady Hendrix, screenwriter and author of “How to Sell a Haunted House” and “The Southern Book Club’s Guide to Slaying Vampires;” and Tiffany Yates Martin, author of six novels and the how-to book “Intuitive Editing: A Creative and Practical Guide to Revising Your Writing.”

Other features of 2024 Storyfest will be masterclasses, free talks, panels and keynotes addresses, manuscript critiques, craft classes, and meetings with sought-after editors and agents, including Andrew Geyer, the award-winning author or co-author of 10 books and editor of SCWA’s literary journal, The Petigru Review.

Other speakers include award-winning South Carolina novelist and short story writer Scott Gould; Southern Indie Bookstore bestselling author Mindy Friddle; Columbia poet laureate Jennifer Bartell Boykin; New York Times noteworthy author Cinelle Barnes; military science fiction and post-apocalyptic writer Alex Rath; and screenwriter and producer Alan Roth, a winner of the prestigious Nicholl Fellowship Award in Screenwriting.

Some of the South’s top publishers also will attend, including Arcadia Publishing, Palmetto Publishing and the University of South Carolina Press.

Registration opens TODAY, April 15, with early bird registration fees for the full three-day conference of $250 for members and $325 for nonmembers; those fees will increase by $30 on June 16, so register early to save! Student registration for the full conference is $140. A one-day ticket for SATURDAY SESSIONS ONLY is available for $195. Masterclasses, manuscript critiques and query pitches will be available for additional charges as add-ons to your registration. For full details go to 2024 Storyfest. If you are not a member of SCWA, join now to enjoy the member rate for Storyfest along with other SCWA benefits. Membership is $75 annually; go to Join Us. (Be sure to renew if you haven't already!)

The hotel rate is $169 (plus taxes and fees) for 1 king or 2 queen beds. For reservation information, go to the 2024 Storyfest main page.

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