Upcoming Events

    • 05 Dec 2020
    • 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM (EST)
    • Zoom

    In this workshop, we'll cover:

    • Setting the scene: suspenseful scenes and how use them;
    • How cliffhangers keep us hooked;
    • Building suspense through characters: how classic villains use our darkest fears, such as being eaten, or worse;
    • Building suspense in subtle ways: adding suspense into any genre with subtle conflict;
    • Building suspense through dialogue: how clipped dialogue can speed up the action and build suspense; 
    • Classic elements of suspense: –the hallway–the smells–the terror–why horror works;
    • What’s behind the door: making the big reveal just as exciting as that trip down the hall;
    • What’s in the box? Writing the ending to the opening story.

    • 10 Dec 2020
    • 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM (EST)
    • Google Meet Platform - Link to be sent

    Using her extensive experience of developmental and line editing for publishers and private clients, Michelle Buckman will provide concrete examples of the entire scope of what an editor sees when looking at manuscripts.

    Beginning with examples of changing passable writing to excellent prose, then following through to the overall plot and character development of a novel, as well as examining the theme and takeaway of a nonfiction submission, this workshop explains what an editor sees when you submit a manuscript.

    Michelle will post both fiction and nonfiction samples with detailed explanations of what needs to be done to improve the writing. This workshop will send you back to your own manuscript with a critical eye aimed at making your work shine. 

    **This is a rescheduled session from the November 11th canceled event**

    • 16 Apr 2021
    • 3:00 PM (EDT)
    • 18 Apr 2021
    • 12:00 PM (EDT)
    • Columbia Convention Center, Columbia, South Carolina
    • 189

    Study the writing craft, learn about the business of publishing your work, and meet with writers, publishers and agents across the country. 

    See ABRIDGED SCHEDULE.pdf of workshops and events. 

    See FULL SCHEDULE.pdf with workshop descriptions and events.

    See FACULTY LIST.pdf with bios. 

    See COLUMBIA HOTELS.pdf options.

    Read FAQs.pdf.

    Contingency plans will be in place if the pandemic requires us to meet virtually.

Past events

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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