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    • 18 Jul 2024
    • 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM
    • Zoom
    Stephen Hundley, Caucasian man with beard and mustache

    Join acclaimed writer Stephen Hundley for a one-hour talk on writing short stories and novels—and adding fantasy and science fiction to traditional Southern stories.

    Hundley is the author of The Aliens Will Come to Georgia First (University of North Georgia Press, 2023) and Bomb Island (Hub City Press, 2024), “a funny and fast-paced” novel that is part coming-of-age romance and part thriller, says Hundley’s publisher.

    He is a fiction editor at Driftwood Press and a book review editor at the Southeast Review.

    His stories and poems have appeared in Prairie Schooner, Cream City Review, The Greensboro Review, and elsewhere. He holds an MA from Clemson and an MFA from the University of Mississippi. He is currently completing a PhD in English at Florida State University.

    Award-winning Southern author Ron Rash calls Hundley’s Bomb Island “a remarkable novel by an immensely talented young writer.”

    • 22 Aug 2024
    • 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM
    • Zoom

    Alex Rath, Caucasian man with glasses

    Alex Rath is a best-selling science fiction and post-apocalyptic novelist, currently residing in Columbia, South Carolina, with his wife and elite gymnast daughter. With works published in the Four Horsemen Universe, This Fallen World, and the Salvage Title universe, Rath now has spread out with his own Colonization Science Fiction with the Terran Space Project, starting with Seeds of Terra. By day, Rath is an IT professional and has been for more than 30+ years. He has worked as a programmer/developer, webmaster, information security specialist and solutions design specialist. He has worked for large companies such as AOL and TD Bank. This background allows him to incorporate some technical savvy into his stories, while his experience interacting with non-technical customers allows him to do so in a way that isn't confusing or 'too technical' for a layperson to understand. Having grown up in Goldsboro, North Carolina, close enough to Seymour Johnson Air Force Base, where his father was stationed to see F-4's and B-52's flying over on a regular basis, Rath grew up with a love of the military. That continues to his writing where he includes a military element to almost everything he writes, with a focus on getting it right.

    • 27 Sep 2024
    • 1:00 PM
    • 29 Sep 2024
    • 1:00 PM
    • DoubleTree by Hilton, 2100 Bush River Road, Columbia, SC 29210
    • 162

    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 Woman 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 is open 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.

    • 18 Oct 2024
    • 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM
    • Zoom

    Brenda Gardner, left, Caucasian woman outside, and Lisa Harrison Black woman

    Lisa Harrison (right) and Brenda Gardner will present the Author's Toolbox at 7 p.m. Oct. 18, on "How to Connect with Book Clubs and Readers."

    Brenda Gardner and Lisa Harrison are co-hosts of the Friends and Fiction Official Book Club with Brenda and Lisa with more than 33,000 members on Facebook, as well as followers on Instagram and YouTube. From monthly book discussions with authors, the book club has grown to include quarterly Happy Hours with rockstar librarian Ron Block (also the Friends and Fiction podcast host), a reading challenge with monthly reading prompts, Saturday giveaways, pop-up author interviews, book events, and more.

    How did two book lovers who didn’t know each other make this journey, and what tips do they have to help you market your book and connect with book clubs and readers? Join us for this Author’s Toolbox to find out!

    Brenda Gardner has been a lover of books and libraries since childhood. She was a journalism undergraduate and worked in newspapers and freelance writing before shifting to public relations, grant writing, and local government administration. She has a Master of Public Administration and now works to improve the future workforce pipeline. She is a regular book festival attendee and has presented at the virtual Epigraph Literary Festival. You can follow her on Instagram @Brendabythebook.

    Lisa Harrison is currently a marketing and social media professional, a correspondent for NiceGirlsTV, an actor and voiceover artist who 
    received a BA in theatre arts from Georgia Southern University with a minor in Spanish. She enjoys attending book festivals, fan conventions and is a regular panelist at DragonCon for the Urban Fantasy, Horror, and American Science Fiction and Fantasy Media tracks. She is a member 
    of the Atlanta Writers Club, the Broadleaf Writers Association and is currently writing her first novel. You can keep up with Lisa on Instagram @LisaGetsLit.

    • 21 Nov 2024
    • 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM
    • Zoom

    Anthea Shapr, Caucasian woman with dark background

    Anthea Sharp's Author's Toolbox, Nov. 12: Kickstarter for Authors: How Writers Can Find New Readers and Flourish With Crowdfunding

    Anthea Sharp is the author of the USA Today bestselling Feyland series as well as several other series, lots of short fiction and the nonfiction book Kickstarter for Authors. A longtime indie author, and a Kickstarter platform pro, Sharp has successfully created nine book project campaigns on Kickstarter, funding nearly $100,000. She's excited about the possibilities Kickstarter opens up for authors and loves talking with other writers about how to build and launch a successful book campaign. In addition, she's the founder of the Kickstarter for Authors group on Facebook, which is generally regarded as the best place for writers to go to learn more about creating and running a book campaign on Kickstarter.

Past events

27 Jun 2024 Author's Toolbox: Synithia Williams: Writing Romance Novels
23 May 2024 Author's Toolbox: Mindy Friddle: Make a Scene, Why Don't You ?!
16 May 2024 Author's Toolbox: TPR Managing Editor Andrew Geyer: The Petigru Review 2024
18 Apr 2024 Author's Toolbox: Award-winning Lowcountry Author Robert Maynor: First Novels and the South
10 Apr 2024 Author's Toolbox: Poet Arthur Turfa: Writing Poems about Family without Anyone Getting Upset
28 Mar 2024 Author's Toolbox: Author Holly Goddard Jones
29 Feb 2024 Author's Toolbox: Agent and Mystery Author Paula Munier
12 Dec 2023 Board of Directors Meeting
14 Nov 2023 Board of Directors Meeting
03 Nov 2023 2023 Fall Conference
31 Oct 2023 National Novel Writing Month Kickoff Madness
12 Sep 2023 Board of Directors Meeting
26 Aug 2023 Indie Author One-Day Camp
17 Aug 2023 TPR: The Flash Issue Launch Party
16 Aug 2023 New Member Orientation
08 Aug 2023 Board of Directors Meeting
15 Jul 2023 Board of Directors Meeting (Note date change; in-person)
10 Jun 2023 Board of Directors Meeting
06 Jun 2023 Fireflies at Night: A Flash Fiction Series
23 May 2023 Summer Series 2023
09 May 2023 Board of Directors Meeting
04 May 2023 Author's Toolbox: Poets Kelli Russell Agodon and Jenna Le
20 Apr 2023 Author's Toolbox: Stacy Willingham
13 Apr 2023 Author's Toolbox: Poets Candice Kelsey and Natalie Marino
11 Apr 2023 Board of Directors Meeting
23 Mar 2023 Author's Toolbox: Scott Gould
11 Mar 2023 Board of Directors Meeting
09 Mar 2023 Author's Toolbox: Ashleigh Bell Pedersen
23 Feb 2023 Author's Toolbox: Andrew Geyer
16 Feb 2023 Author's Toolbox: Ashleigh Bryant Phillips
14 Feb 2023 Board of Directors Meeting
10 Jan 2023 SCWA Board Meeting / New Board Orientation
13 Dec 2022 Board of Directors Monthly Meeting (NOTE DATE CHANGE)
08 Dec 2022 Open Mic Night with SCWA and PCLC, featuring Juan Eugenio Ramirez
10 Nov 2022 Open Mic Night with SCWA and PCLC, featuring Monica Lee Weatherly
08 Nov 2022 Board of Directors Monthly Meeting (NOTE DATE CHANGE)
23 Oct 2022 Board of Directors Quarterly Meeting (NOTE DATE CHANGE)
21 Oct 2022 2022 Fall Conference
13 Oct 2022 Open Mic Night with SCWA and PCLC, featuring Angelo Geter
07 Oct 2022 SCWA Virtual Conference Faculty Reading
07 Oct 2022 VIRTUAL Fall Conference
13 Sep 2022 Board of Directors Monthly Meeting (NOTE DATE CHANGE)
08 Sep 2022 Open Mic Night with SCWA and PCLC, featuring Susan Cushman
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)
09 Aug 2022 SHORT STORY WORKSHOP, Digging Trenches: A Generative Fiction Workshop
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
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
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
18 May 2021 BECOME AN AUTHOR: Facing Failure
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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