Upcoming Events

Below are upcoming events presented by SCWA. Register by clicking "Register" for the event(s) you wish to attend.

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    • 09 Aug 2022
    • 30 Aug 2022
    • 4 sessions
    • Zoom
    • 6
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    Digging Trenches: A generative fiction workshop. The foundational aspects of plumbing a house do not start with roughing in water lines or PVC, and they certainly don't include the fancy ornamental sinks or shower heads. All of that comes later. In order to plumb a new house, start to finish, we first need to dig trenches to lay cast iron, which will ultimately flow to the city sewer line. Then the concrete foundation, exterior walls, and all of a sudden we see the outline of a house emerge. Throughout this generative workshop, we'll be digging our own trenches and building our foundation. We'll focus on character and setting, conflict and empathy -- critical aspects of all good fiction. We'll read contemporary short stories from Kenyon Review, Narrative, and other literary journals as blueprints for how to incorporate dialogue, action, desire, conflict. We'll read, discuss, and write. We'll dig, pour, and build. 

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    Keith Lesmeister is the author of the story collection We Could’ve Been Happy Here. His fiction has appeared in American Short Fiction, Gettysburg Review, New Stories from the Midwest, North American Review, Redivider, SLICE, and many others. His nonfiction has appeared in The Good Men Project, River Teeth, Sycamore Review, Tin House Open Bar, Water~Stone Review, and elsewhere. He received his M.F.A. from the Bennington Writing Seminars and serves as editor of CutleafHe lives in Iowa’s Driftless region.

    Zoom link provided upon registration.

    • 08 Sep 2022
    • 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM
    • Facebook Live/Zoom


    This monthly virtual Open Mic Night is presented on Zoom in a partnership of the South Carolina Writers Association and the Pat Conroy Literary Center. The featured writer for September is Susan Cushman, author of Pilgrim Interrupted. Join us live from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Sept. 8 on the Conroy Center's Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/events/440417244397991 for readings by a pantheon of participating writers from in and beyond our South Carolina Lowcountry. Interested in reading as part of Open Mic? Contact@patconroyliterarycenter.org.


    Susan Cushman is author of five books: Pilgrim Interrupted (essays/memoir), John and Mary Margaret (novel), Friends of The Library (short stories), Cherry Bomb (a novel) and Tangles and Plaques: A Mother And Daughter Face Alzheimer's (a memoir). She is editor of three anthologies: Southern Writers on Writing, A Second Blooming: Becoming The Women We Are Meant To Be, and The Pulpwood Queens Celebrate 20 Years! Cushman was co-director of the 2013 and 2010 Oxford (Mississippi) Creative Nonfiction Conferences. She was director of the 2011 Memphis Creative Nonfiction Workshop. She was a panelist at the 2017, 2018 and 2021 Mississippi Book Festival, the 2017 Decatur Book Festival, the 2012, 2017 and 2018 Southern Festival of Books, the 2013, 2018 and 2019 Louisiana Book Festival, a speaker at the 2018 Mississippi Writers Guild Conference, the 2018 Alabama Writers Conclave Conference, the 2019 Southern Literary Festival, the 2019 Middle Tennessee State University Writers Conference, and the 2020 AWP (Association of Writers and Writing Professionals) Conference. A native of Jackson, Mississippi, Cushman lives in Memphis. Read more at www.susancushman.com. 

    Registration not required.


    • 13 Sep 2022
    • 7:00 PM
    • Zoom

    Members are invited to attend via Zoom. Contact the SCWA administrator at writersassociationsc@gmail.com to receive the Zoom link.


    • 07 Oct 2022
    • 5:30 PM
    • 09 Oct 2022
    • 12:30 PM
    • Zoom
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    Join us in from the coziness of your couch for a weekend of immersive workshops on craft, publishing and the writing life. SCWA is all about building your writing skills and building a cohesive writing community to keep you engaged and motivated in your writing practices. Come write with us this fall! 

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    Early bird rates end 5/31/22. Register now to save your spot! 

    An anonymous donation will substantially underwrite the conference expenses in honor of SCWA Immediate Past President, Mike Lee.

     

    • 13 Oct 2022
    • 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM
    • Facebook Live/Zoom


    This monthly virtual Open Mic Night is presented on Zoom in a partnership of the South Carolina Writers Association and the Pat Conroy Literary Center. The featured writer for October is Angelo Geter, Poet Laureate of Rock Hill (SC) and author of More God Than Dead. Join us live from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Oct. 13 on the Conroy Center's Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/events/564424731808167 for readings by a pantheon of participating writers from in and beyond our South Carolina Lowcountry. Interested in reading as part of Open Mic? Contact@patconroyliterarycenter.org. Registration not required.


    Angelo Geter is an award-winning poet, educator, author and performance artist based in Rock Hill, South Carolina. He currently serves as the Poet Laureate of Rock Hill and is a 2020 Academy of American Poets Laureate Fellow. Geter is a 2018 National Poetry Slam champion, Rustbelt Regional Poetry Slam finalist, Southern Fried Regional Poetry Slam finalist and the founder/director of One Word Poetry Festival. His work has appeared on All Def Poetry, Charleston Currents, Gratefulness.com, and the Academy of American Poets “Poem a Day” series. His debut collection More God Than Dead was released in June 2022.


    • 21 Oct 2022
    • 3:00 PM
    • 23 Oct 2022
    • 12:00 PM
    • Litchfield by the Sea, Pawleys Island, SC
    • 12
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    Join us in beautiful Pawleys Island for a weekend of immersive workshops on craft, publishing and the writing life. SCWA is all about building your writing skills and building a cohesive writing community to keep you engaged and motivated in your writing practices. Come write by the beach! 


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    An anonymous donation will substantially underwrite the conference expenses in honor of SCWA Immediate Past President, Mike Lee.


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    • 23 Oct 2022
    • 8:00 AM - 9:00 AM
    • Pawleys Island

    Meeting to be held in-person at fall conference at Pawleys Island. Members are invited to attend. Contact the SCWA administrator at writersassociationsc@gmail.com for information.


    • 08 Nov 2022
    • 7:00 PM
    • Zoom

    Members are invited to attend this Zoom meeting. Contact the SCWA administrator at writersassociationsc@gmail.com for information. 


    • 10 Nov 2022
    • 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM
    • Facebook Live/Zoom

    This monthly virtual Open Mic Night is presented on Zoom in a partnership of the South Carolina Writers Association and the Pat Conroy Literary Center. The featured writer for November is Monica Lee Weatherly, winner of the Willie Morris Award for Southern Poetry. Join us live from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Nov. 10 on the Conroy Center's Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/events/1755017598196853 for readings by a pantheon of participating writers from in and beyond our South Carolina Lowcountry. Interested in reading as part of Open Mic? Contact@patconroyliterarycenter.org. No registration needed.


    Monica Lee Weatherly is a poet, writer and professor of English at Georgia State University’s, Perimeter College. She is the 2021 winner of the Willie Morris Prize for Southern Poetry. Her work has appeared in numerous literary journals, including Tulane Review, Plainsongs Magazine, Nzuri Journal, and Auburn Avenue, a biannual publication showcasing the intellectual and creative voices of people of color. She is a member of the Georgia Writers Association and is listed in the Georgia Writers Registry. Weatherly’s writing often focuses on the culture and experiences of women of color in the American South.


    • 08 Dec 2022
    • 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM
    • Facebook Live/Zoom

    This monthly virtual Open Mic Night is presented on Zoom in a partnership of the South Carolina Writers Association and the Pat Conroy Literary Center. The featured writer for November December is Juan Eugenio Ramirez, author of The Man with Wolves for Hands, winner of the Nilsen Prize for First Novel. Join us live from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Dec. 8 on the Conroy Center's Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/events/1206211220194005 for readings by a pantheon of participating writers from in and beyond our South Carolina Lowcountry. Interested in reading as part of Open Mic? Let us know at contact@patconroyliterarycenter.org. Registration is not required.

    Juan Eugenio Ramirez is the author of The Man with Wolves for Hands, winner of the Nilsen Prize for First Novel and published by Southeast Missouri State University Press in September 2022. Though born in Washington state, Ramirez spent most of his formative years in Florida. Having taught both middle school and high school these past fifteen years, he holds an MFA in poetry from Sarah Lawrence College and a BA from Florida State University. His work has appeared in The Carolina Quarterly, Armchair/Shotgun, and Madcap Review. He currently teaches high school English at St. Francis School, an independent, progressive education school in Louisville, Kentucky. 


    • 13 Dec 2022
    • 7:00 PM
    • Zoom

    Members are invited to attend via Zoom. Contact the SCWA administrator at writersassociationsc@gmail.com to receive the Zoom link.


Past events

11 Aug 2022 Open Mic Night with SCWA and PCLC, featuring John W. MacIlroy
09 Aug 2022 Board of Directors Monthly Meeting (NOTE DATE CHANGE)
28 Jul 2022 BECOME AN AUTHOR: Making Messes, How Character & Plot Thrive on Mistakes
16 Jul 2022 Board of Directors Quarterly Meeting
14 Jul 2022 WRITING CONVERSATIONS: From Felon to Author, Trauma to Memoir
25 Jun 2022 SCWA Inside-Out
21 Jun 2022 Board of Directors Monthly Meeting
19 May 2022 WRITERS' STUDIO: Shared Writing Time
18 May 2022 Board of Directors Monthly Meeting (NOTE DATE CHANGE)
03 May 2022 YOUR PATHS TO PUBLISH: From Indie to Big Five
28 Apr 2022 BECOME AN AUTHOR: Eco-Writing
23 Apr 2022 Board of Directors Quarterly Meeting
21 Apr 2022 WRITERS' STUDIO: Shared Writing Time
14 Apr 2022 WRITING CONVERSATIONS: Publishing Paths
07 Apr 2022 WRITING CONVERSATIONS: Recollection & Memoir
24 Mar 2022 BECOME AN AUTHOR: Get Into Your Write Space
17 Mar 2022 WRITERS' STUDIO: Shared Writing Time
15 Mar 2022 Board of Directors Monthly Meeting
17 Feb 2022 WRITERS' STUDIO: Shared Writing Time
16 Feb 2022 NOTE DATE CHANGE: Board of Directors Monthly Meeting
01 Feb 2022 NOVEL WORKSHOP: Caves & Cathedrals
27 Jan 2022 BECOME AN AUTHOR: Writing Sound & Silence
20 Jan 2022 WRITERS' STUDIO: Shared Writing Time
15 Jan 2022 Board of Directors Quarterly Meeting
13 Jan 2022 WRITING CONVERSATIONS: Manuscript to Marketplace
06 Jan 2022 WRITING CONVERSATIONS: Generative Prompts for the New Year
21 Dec 2021 Board of Directors Monthly Meeting
23 Nov 2021 Board of Directors Monthly Meeting
16 Nov 2021 Diverse Publishing Landscapes: a Q&A with Felice Laverne, Agent, Editor, Writer
23 Oct 2021 Board of Directors Quarterly Meeting
12 Oct 2021 BECOME AN AUTHOR: Get an Agent: Tools and Pathways
05 Oct 2021 WRITING CONVERSATIONS: Memoir
28 Sep 2021 Board of Directors Monthly Meeting
28 Sep 2021 WRITING CONVERSATIONS: Submissions Best Practices
21 Sep 2021 WRITING CONVERSATIONS: Freelancing and the Art of the Pitch
16 Sep 2021 Authors' Corner: Steve Gordy & Cat Fitzgerald
15 Sep 2021 NEW DATE: BECOME AN AUTHOR: YA Fantasy Fiction
26 Aug 2021 Writing Diverse Characters: Kevin Don Porter
24 Aug 2021 Board of Directors Monthly Meeting
11 Aug 2021 Authors' Corner: Linda Lovely and A.M. Ialacci
03 Aug 2021 WRITING CONVERSATIONS: Historical Fiction
27 Jul 2021 Board of Directors Meeting (NOTE DATE/TIME CHANGE)
27 Jul 2021 WRITING CONVERSATIONS: Flash Fiction
20 Jul 2021 WRITING CONVERSATIONS: The Evolution of a Work
13 Jul 2021 WRITING CONVERSATIONS: Slushfest & Sharefest
07 Jul 2021 Authors' Corner: Bettie Williams and Lis Anna-Langston
06 Jul 2021 WRITING CONVERSATIONS: Memoir Jump Start
29 Jun 2021 WRITING CONVERSATIONS: Story Structure
26 Jun 2021 Board of Directors Monthly Meeting (NOTE DATE/TIME CHANGE)
22 Jun 2021 WRITING CONVERSATIONS: Senior Creativity
15 Jun 2021 WRITING CONVERSATIONS: Writing Goals Check-In
08 Jun 2021 WRITING CONVERSATIONS: First Drafts & Revision
01 Jun 2021 WRITING CONVERSATIONS: Voice
25 May 2021 Board of Directors Monthly Meeting
25 May 2021 BECOME AN AUTHOR REDUX: The Burning Man vs. the Tortoises: Turning Memories into Stories
25 May 2021 WRITING CONVERSATIONS: Bad Guys
18 May 2021 BECOME AN AUTHOR: Facing Failure
18 May 2021 WRITING CONVERSATIONS: Images
24 Apr 2021 Board of Directors Quarterly Meeting
16 Apr 2021 SCWA Annual Writers Conference, South Carolina: the Storytelling State
30 Mar 2021 WRITING CONVERSATIONS: Publishing, Agenting and Authoring from Experience
23 Mar 2021 Board of Directors Monthly Meeting
23 Mar 2021 WRITING CONVERSATIONS: Literary Agent Q&A
16 Mar 2021 WRITING CONVERSATIONS: Writing from the Core Wound for Depth and Insight
09 Mar 2021 BECOME AN AUTHOR: Trickster's Velocity: A Generative Poetry Workshop
02 Mar 2021 WRITING CONVERSATIONS: The Perfect Pitch
23 Feb 2021 Board of Directors Monthly Meeting
23 Feb 2021 WRITING CONVERSATIONS Collaborations
16 Feb 2021 WRITING CONVERSATIONS Writing About Love
09 Feb 2021 BECOME AN AUTHOR "Burning Man vs. the Tortoises: Turning Memories into Stories"
02 Feb 2021 WRITING CONVERSATIONS Writing as Play
26 Jan 2021 WRITING CONVERSATIONS Children's and YA Publishing
23 Jan 2021 Board of Directors Quarterly Meeting
19 Jan 2021 WRITING CONVERSATIONS Setting Writer Goals
12 Jan 2021 Become an Author
10 Dec 2020 Self Editing: What Editors See that You Don't See
05 Dec 2020 The Subtle Art of Suspense
29 Oct 2020 Grow Your Email List for a Successful Book Launch
19 Sep 2020 Member Pro:Characters Who Grow for the Soil—or Life—They’re Planted In
10 Aug 2020 Member Pro: Partnering with Independent Booksellers
16 Jul 2020 Member Pro: Using Book Clubs for Marketing
27 Jun 2020 Member Pro Workshop: He Said, She Said, Who Said?
24 Apr 2020 2020 Spring Conference
31 Oct 2019 2019 Beaufort Retreat
22 Jun 2019 SCWA Greenville Craft Workshop
27 Apr 2019 Columbia II Writing Workshop
26 Oct 2018 Pawleys Island Writers' Conference
27 Oct 2017 2017 "Big Dream" Conference
29 Oct 2016 2016 SCWA Writing Workshop Craft Builds Community
06 Jul 2016 Florence every Wednesday
26 May 2016 Beaufort 4th Thursday
25 May 2016 Bluffton 4th Wednesday
24 May 2016 Rock Hill 4th Tuesday
24 May 2016 Columbia III 4th Tuesday
23 May 2016 Greenville 4th Monday
21 May 2016 Surfside 3rd Saturday
19 May 2016 Camden 3rd Thursday
18 May 2016 Columbia I 3rd Wednesday
16 May 2016 Chapin/Irmo 3rd Monday
16 May 2016 Columbia II 3rd Monday
16 May 2016 Sumter 3rd Monday
11 May 2016 Bluffton 2nd Wednesday
10 May 2016 Aiken 2nd Tuesday
10 May 2016 Rock Hill 2nd Tuesday
10 May 2016 Columbia III 2nd Tuesday
09 May 2016 Greenville 2nd Monday
07 May 2016 Surfside 1st Saturday
04 May 2016 Columbia I 1st Wednesday
03 May 2016 Daniel Island 1st Tuesday
03 May 2016 Lexington every other Tuesday
02 May 2016 Camden 1st Monday
02 May 2016 Chapin/Irmo 1st Monday
02 May 2016 Columbia II 1st Monday
02 May 2016 Sumter 1st Monday
01 Mar 2016 Webinar #7 Plotting Essentials: Five things you have to know to plot your novel or short story” by Susan Breen
01 Mar 2016 Carrie McCray Writing Contest

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