Upcoming Events

    • 24 Apr 2021
    • 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM (EDT)
    • Zoom

    Members are invited to attend via Zoom. Contact President Mike Lee at scwritersassociationpresident@gmail.com to receive the Zoom link and login information.

    • 18 May 2021
    • 12:00 PM (EDT)
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    "Images" with Jonathan Bahr Heinen, hosted by Amber Wheeler Bacon

     SPECIAL GUEST Jonathan Bohr Heinen’s writing has appeared in CRAFTCimarron Review, Florida ReviewThe BoilerArroyo, and Tusculum Review, among other places, and has received special mention in the Pushcart Prize anthology. He teaches at the College of Charleston, where he serves as managing editor for Crazyhorse, and is a staff member for the Sewanee Writers’ Conference. 



     

    HOST Amber Wheeler Bacon is a writer, editor, teacher and literacy coach. She has an MFA from the Bennington Writing Seminars and is on the board of directors of the South Carolina Writers Association. Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in Five PointsPost RoadNew Ohio Review, Crazyhorse and Witness. You can find her writing online at  PloughsharesCRAFT, Fiction Writer’s Review and New South. She is the recipient of the 2018 Breakout 8 Writers Prize sponsored by The Author’s Guild and a Katharine Bakeless Nason Scholarship from the Bread Loaf Environmental Writers’ Conference. Her story collection, We Were Vessels, was one of five finalists for Hub City Press’s C. Michael Curtis Short Story Book Prize. She is Assistant Fiction Editor at Four Way Review


    • 18 May 2021
    • 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM (EDT)
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    Brock Adams, "Facing Failure"

    PRESENTER BIO

    Brock Adams teaches English and creative writing at the University of South Carolina Upstate. He has published stories in Sewanee Review, Best American Mystery Stories, Barrelhouse, Acapella Zoo, and elsewhere. His book of stories, Gulf, was published by Pocol Press in 2010. He has an MFA in creative writing from the University of Central Florida.

    • 25 May 2021
    • 12:00 PM (EDT)
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    "Bad Guys" with Duncan Murrell, hosted by Amber Wheeler Bacon

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     SPECIAL GUEST Duncan Murrell is a writer living in Pittsboro, North Carolina. He's currently a contributing editor at Harper's Magazine, The Oxford American magazine, andThe Normal School. He also writes for The Highline @ The Huffington Post, The New Republic, Men's Journal, Our State Magazine, and Southwest Magazine.  His work has been recognized in Best American Essays and he's been a resident at Yaddo. He has a master’s degree in journalism from Northwestern University, and a master of fine arts degree in creative writing (fiction) from Bennington College.  He was once a newspaper reporter, an editor of books, a Marine officer and professional pyrotechnician. He likes to run.


    HOST Amber Wheeler Bacon is a writer, editor, teacher and literacy coach. She has an MFA from the Bennington Writing Seminars and is on the board of directors of the South Carolina Writers Association. Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in Five PointsPost RoadNew Ohio Review, Crazyhorse and Witness. You can find her writing online at  PloughsharesCRAFT, Fiction Writer’s Review and New South. She is the recipient of the 2018 Breakout 8 Writers Prize sponsored by The Author’s Guild and a Katharine Bakeless Nason Scholarship from the Bread Loaf Environmental Writers’ Conference. Her story collection, We Were Vessels, was one of five finalists for Hub City Press’s C. Michael Curtis Short Story Book Prize. She is Assistant Fiction Editor at Four Way Review

    • 25 May 2021
    • 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM (EDT)
    • Zoom

    Members are invited to attend via Zoom. Contact President Mike Lee at scwritersassociationpresident@gmail.com to receive the Zoom link and login information.

    • 25 May 2021
    • 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM (EDT)
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    SCWA is offering this workshop with Pat Conroy Literary Center. To complete registration, please CLICK HERE: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/the-burning-man-vs-the-tortoises-turning-memories-into-stories-tickets-143599543099?fbclid=IwAR3s7IHFxqyxRSFcGAnPpstrfZ5qcE2BeHDoPIjTxRJXUz29mlBhG7sr2zo

    The Burning Man vs. the Tortoises: Turning Memories into Stories

    Led by Jonathan Haupt & Brooke McKinney

    Presented in partnership with the South Carolina Writers Association

    In his 2010 memoir My Reading Life, Pat Conroy shared two fascinating—and seemingly contradictory—metaphors for writerly inspiration: the burning man he encountered in Paris and the tortoises he encountered with writer Jonathan Carroll in Vienna. We’ll discuss both of those metaphors as instructive examples of how we can turn our memories into our stories. This session will include discussion of the writer’s craft and sources of inspiration as well as interactive writing prompts with feedback.This FREE 90-minute virtual workshop will be held on Zoom and led by Conroy Center executive director Jonathan Haupt and communications and events coordinator Brooke McKinney.

    About our instructors:

    Jonathan Haupt is the executive director of the Pat Conroy Literary Center and the former director of the University of South Carolina Press, where he created the Story River Books fiction imprint with Conroy, named by Garden & Gun Magazine as one of "the top ten things to love about the South." Jonathan's book reviews and author interviews have appeared in the Charleston Post and Courier, Beaufort Lowcountry Weekly, Beaufort Lifestyle magazine, Savannah Morning News Beacon magazine, Pink magazine, the Southern Review of Books, and Southern Writers Magazines Suite T blog. He is co-editor of the award-winning anthology Our Prince of Scribes: Writers Remember Pat Conroy, winner of 17 book awards. Jonathan also serves on the boards of the South Carolina Academy of Authors and the Friends of South Carolina Libraries and on the advisory board of the South Carolina Humanities and the affiliates steering committee of the American Writers Museum. In 2020, he was recognized with the Doug Marlette Literacy Leadership Award presented by the Pulpwood Queens, the largest book club in the U.S.

    Brooke McKinney is a poet and writer from South Georgia. She earned her Bachelor of Arts in English from Valdosta State University and holds an MFA in Creative Writing from Hollins University. Brooke's work was a finalist in the Key West Emerging Writer’s Contest and the World’s the Best Short-Short Story and her nonfiction has received scholarships to the Sewanee Writers' Conference and Writers in Paradise. She is the recipient of two Academy of American Poets Awards and most recently, her poetry was shortlisted for the Montreal International Poetry Prize. Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in The Florida Review, New South, Salt Hill Journal, Potomac Review, The Southeast Review, Columbia Poetry Review, RHINO Poetry, Artemis and Kestrel. . She lives in Beaufort, South Carolina, with two dogs, Jane and Arlo, and a cat named Blue.

    www.patconroyliterarycenter.org

    • 01 Jun 2021
    • 12:00 PM (EDT)
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    "Voice" with Gary Jackson, hosted by Amber Wheeler Bacon


    SPECIAL GUEST  Gary Jackson is the author of origin story (University of Mexico Press, Fall 2021) and Missing You, Metropolis (Graywolf Press, 2010), which was selected by Yusef Komunyakaa as winner of the 2009 Cave Canem Poetry Prize. He teaches in the MFA program at the College of Charleston in Charleston, South Carolina.




     HOST Amber Wheeler Bacon is a writer, editor, teacher and   literacy coach. She has an MFA from the Bennington Writing   Seminars and is on the board of directors of the South Carolina   Writers Association. Her work has appeared or is forthcoming   in Five PointsPost RoadNew Ohio   Review, Crazyhorse and Witness. You can find her writing online   at PloughsharesCRAFT, Fiction Writer’s Review and New South.   She is the recipient of the 2018 Breakout 8 Writers Prize sponsored by The Author’s Guild and a Katharine Bakeless Nason Scholarship from the Bread Loaf Environmental Writers’ Conference. Her story collection, We Were Vessels, was one of five finalists for Hub City Press’s C. Michael Curtis Short Story Book Prize. She is Assistant Fiction Editor at Four Way Review

    • 08 Jun 2021
    • 12:00 PM (EDT)
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    "First Drafts" with David Schwartz, hosted by Amber Wheeler Bacon

     SPECIAL GUEST David Lerner Schwartz teaches at the University   of Cincinnati, where he is a doctoral student and the recipient of   a graduate enhancement scholarship. His work has been   published in Witness, Literary Hub, SmokeLong Quarterly, New   York magazine, The Rumpus, and more. His play, produced after   winning Red Bull Theater’s Short New Play Festival, is   forthcoming in a print anthology published by Stage Rights. He   served as the 38th writer in residence at St. Albans in Washington, DC and works as the fiction editor of Four Way Review. He holds an MFA from the Bennington Writing Seminars with the support of an MFA Alumni Writer’s Grant.


    HOST Amber Wheeler Bacon is a writer, editor, teacher and literacy coach. She has an MFA from the Bennington Writing Seminars and is on the board of directors of the South Carolina Writers Association. Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in Five PointsPost RoadNew Ohio Review, Crazyhorse and Witness. You can find her writing online at  PloughsharesCRAFT, Fiction Writer’s Review and New South. She is the recipient of the 2018 Breakout 8 Writers Prize sponsored by The Author’s Guild and a Katharine Bakeless Nason Scholarship from the Bread Loaf Environmental Writers’ Conference. Her story collection, We Were Vessels, was one of five finalists for Hub City Press’s C. Michael Curtis Short Story Book Prize. She is Assistant Fiction Editor at Four Way Review.   

    • 15 Jun 2021
    • 12:00 PM (EDT)
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    "Writing Goals Check-In," hosted by Kasie Whitener

    • 22 Jun 2021
    • 12:00 PM (EDT)
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    Senior Creativity by Dr. Dorree Lynn. Hosted by Kasie Whitener

    • 22 Jun 2021
    • 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM (EDT)
    • Zoom

    Members are invited to attend via Zoom. Contact President Mike Lee at scwritersassociationpresident@gmail.com to receive the Zoom link and login information.

    • 29 Jun 2021
    • 12:00 PM (EDT)
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    "Planners vs. Pantsters" with Amber Wheeler Bacon, hosted by Kasie Whitener

    • 06 Jul 2021
    • 12:00 PM (EDT)
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    Memoir Jump Start with Alexa Bigwarfe

    • 13 Jul 2021
    • 12:00 PM (EDT)
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    Historical Fiction with Dianna Rostad

    • 20 Jul 2021
    • 12:00 PM (EDT)
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    The Evolution of a Work by Jodie Cain Smith

    • 24 Jul 2021
    • 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM (EDT)
    • Zoom

    Members are invited to attend via Zoom. Contact President Mike Lee at scwritersassociationpresident@gmail.com to receive the Zoom link and login information.

    • 27 Jul 2021
    • 12:00 PM (EDT)
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    Flash Fiction with Emily Pease

    • 03 Aug 2021
    • 12:00 PM (EDT)
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    Topic TBA

    • 24 Aug 2021
    • 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM (EDT)
    • Zoom

    Members are invited to attend via Zoom. Contact President Mike Lee at scwritersassociationpresident@gmail.com to receive the Zoom link and login information.

    • 14 Sep 2021
    • 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM (EDT)
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    Jill Criswell, YA Fantasy Fiction

    PRESENTER BIO

    Jill Criswell is a writer of Young Adult Historical Fantasy. She was born and raised in the swamps of northeastern Florida. She earned degrees in English and Psychology and an MFA in Creative Writing from the University of Central Florida. Her greatest passion, besides reading and writing, is traveling the world; she’s visited fifty countries across six continents, falling in love with places like Iceland, Namibia, and Cambodia. She works as a university English teacher and lives in South Carolina, near the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains, with her husband and daughter (who is named after a volcano in Iceland).

    • 21 Sep 2021
    • 12:00 PM (EDT)
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    "Freelancer's Toolbox"

    Join us for a discussion about tools, strategies and hustle used by freelance writers, including how to write a good pitch.

    SPECIAL GUEST Britt Peterson is a contributing editor at Washingtonian magazine, a former columnist for the Boston Globe Ideas section, and a former editor at Foreign Policy and the New Republic. She writes about culture, language, ideas, and politics for the New York Times, Washington Post, Elle, Slate, the Atlantic, Nautilus, and other places. She teaches journalism as an instructor in Georgetown’s undergraduate journalism program. She is also a recent graduate of the Bennington Writing Seminars with an MFA in fiction. Her work has been supported with grants from Bennington College, the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, and the Wesleyan Writers’ Conference; short stories have recently earned mention in the Missouri Review Editor’s Prize and the Zoetrope All-Story Contest. Pronouns: she/her/hers

    HOST Amber Wheeler Bacon is a writer, editor, teacher and literacy coach. She has an MFA from the Bennington Writing Seminars and is on the board of directors of the South Carolina Writers Association. Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in Five PointsPost RoadNew Ohio Review, Crazyhorse and Witness. You can find her writing online at  PloughsharesCRAFT, Fiction Writer’s Review and New South. She is the recipient of the 2018 Breakout 8 Writers Prize sponsored by The Author’s Guild and a Katharine Bakeless Nason Scholarship from the Bread Loaf Environmental Writers’ Conference. Her story collection, We Were Vessels, was one of five finalists for Hub City Press’s C. Michael Curtis Short Story Book Prize. She is Assistant Fiction Editor at Four Way Review

    • 28 Sep 2021
    • 12:00 PM (EDT)
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    "Submissions Best Practices"

    Host Amber Wheeler Bacon discusses her experience working with journals such as Ploughshares, Four Way Review, and SCWA publications, her personal submissions strategies, and shares a few tools for tracking submissions.

     HOST Amber Wheeler Bacon is a writer, editor, teacher and literacy coach. She has an MFA from the Bennington Writing Seminars and is on the board of directors of the South Carolina Writers Association. Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in Five PointsPost RoadNew Ohio Review, Crazyhorse and Witness. You can find her writing online at  PloughsharesCRAFT, Fiction Writer’s Review and New South. She is the recipient of the 2018 Breakout 8 Writers Prize sponsored by The Author’s Guild and a Katharine Bakeless Nason Scholarship from the Bread Loaf Environmental Writers’ Conference. Her story collection, We Were Vessels, was one of five finalists for Hub City Press’s C. Michael Curtis Short Story Book Prize. She is Assistant Fiction Editor at Four Way Review

    • 28 Sep 2021
    • 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM (EDT)
    • Zoom

    Members are invited to attend via Zoom. Contact President Mike Lee at scwritersassociationpresident@gmail.com to receive the Zoom link and login information.

    • 05 Oct 2021
    • 12:00 PM (EDT)
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    "Revision Nitty Gritty"

    Discussion about revision strategies with Amber Wheeler Bacon

    HOST Amber Wheeler Bacon is a writer, editor, teacher and literacy coach. She has an MFA from the Bennington Writing Seminars and is on the board of directors of the South Carolina Writers Association. Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in Five PointsPost RoadNew Ohio Review, Crazyhorse and Witness. You can find her writing online at  PloughsharesCRAFT, Fiction Writer’s Review and New South. She is the recipient of the 2018 Breakout 8 Writers Prize sponsored by The Author’s Guild and a Katharine Bakeless Nason Scholarship from the Bread Loaf Environmental Writers’ Conference. Her story collection, We Were Vessels, was one of five finalists for Hub City Press’s C. Michael Curtis Short Story Book Prize. She is Assistant Fiction Editor at Four Way Review

    • 12 Oct 2021
    • 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM (EDT)
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    Amy Collins, "Get an Agent: Tools and Pathways"

    PRESENTER BIO

     Amy Collins is a new literary agent with Talcott Notch   Literary Services, where she's also acting as their Director   of Subsidiary Rights. In addition to being a bestselling   author, Collins has worked as a book buyer, sales rep, and   featured columnist for TheBookDesigner, Writer's Digest,   and IBPA. She's also taught at many of the publishing   industry's top festivals and conferences.

    • 23 Oct 2021
    • 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM (EDT)
    • Zoom

    Members are invited to attend via Zoom. Contact President Mike Lee at scwritersassociationpresident@gmail.com to receive the Zoom link and login information.

    • 23 Nov 2021
    • 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM (EST)
    • Zoom

    Members are invited to attend via Zoom. Contact President Mike Lee at scwritersassociationpresident@gmail.com to receive the Zoom link and login information.

    • 21 Dec 2021
    • 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM (EST)
    • Zoom

    Members are invited to attend via Zoom. Contact President Mike Lee at scwritersassociationpresident@gmail.com to receive the Zoom link and login information.

Past events

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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