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  • 23 Oct 2020 4:00 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)
    • Dear SCWA Members and Friends,

      The South Carolina Writers Association Board of Directors has accomplished several important and exciting objectives to support our membership so far during 2020, despite it being an extremely challenging year.

      We are excited about what has been accomplished and what is yet to come, and we want to encourage you to consider joining our board of directors or becoming a board advisor to help us go even further in 2021.

      Among our 2020 accomplishments are:

      • Implementing a new, member-centered website.
      • Creating and delivering 12 Summer Series and seven Member-Pro workshops – all virtual to support members due to the inability to meet in person.
      • Publishing our Catfish Stew anthology and our online journal The Petigru Review.
      • Implementing new policies to support members and regional chapters, including additional funding and creating chapter liaison roles.
      • Creating a new administrative assistant staff position.

    We are developing ambitious objectives for next year, including offering a virtual major conference, additional workshops and developing strategic partnerships with other writing organizations across South Carolina. To achieve our goals, we need a more diverse board that more broadly represents all demographic groups. We also need skills and experience in many areas including publishing, the use of technology, promotions and social media, and grants.

    Please give some thought to joining our board or nominating another member. Below is additional information and instructions on making a nomination. I also am available to discuss interests.

    Come write with us!

    Sincerely,

    Mike Lee

    President

    SCWA Board of Directors

    scwritersassociationpresident@gmail.com

    Nomination Form for SCWA Board of Directors

    In accordance with the South Carolina board nomination procedures, the formal period for nominations to the SCWA Board of Directors opens on Oct. 15 and closes on Nov, 15 of each year. The board will consider all nominations and make elections by Dec. 31.

    We strongly encourage colleagues to either apply themselves or nominate a fellow member to serve. We especially seek nominations of and applications from members who demonstrate a commitment to writing and to the SCWA’s mission. 

    A very important process to follow: If you are nominating another member, please check with the person to ensure that she or he is willing to run. If you are nominating yourself, please review the SCWA Bylaws on myscwa.org.

    SCWA values and seeks leadership representing diversity in race, ethnicity, gender, age, sexual orientation, nationality, disability, geographic location and type of experience in both writing and personal/work experience.

    SCWA has identified a number of desired attributes that are included in the selection process for potential new board members. Applicants should possess:

    • Demonstrated leadership commitment and involvement with SCWA and/or the nonprofit community.
    • Demonstrated positive leadership and personal attributes with the ability to work collaboratively and professionally.
    • Availability and commitment to participate in regular board meetings and in board committees.
    • Relevant experience and/or competency to make a meaningful contribution to the organization.
    • The desire to help a wonderful association.

    Thank you for taking an active role in this year's nomination process. A dedicated, competent and skillful board of directors ensures the future success of SCWA and the writers of South Carolina.

    Please send the following information by Nov. 15 to scwritersassociationpresident@gmail.com:

    Nominator's first and last name
    Nominator's email address
    Nominator's telephone number

    Nominee's first and last name
    Nominee's email address
    Nominee's telephone number

    Has the nominee been made aware of and agreed to this nomination?
    NA/This is a self-nomination.
    Yes, the nominee is aware of the nomination.
    No, the nominee is not aware of this nomination.

    Date of nomination.
    Signature of nominator.

  • 23 Oct 2020 3:34 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The board of directors of the South Carolina Writers Association has determined it necessary to change the 2021 spring conference, scheduled from April 16 to 18, 2021, to a virtual event due to the continuing challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic.

    It is extremely disappointing that we cannot continue with our plans for an in-person event. The board and SCWA members were excited to be able to spend time in person with the participants and faculty to benefit from us all being together to talk about writing. However, we still look forward to experiencing a wonderful event, albeit in just a different way. 

    Our Conference Committee is working on how to conduct the best virtual experience possible and will share plans with you very soon. In the interim, registration fees that have been paid will be refunded.

    We are dedicated to delivering an outstanding writers’ conference and appreciate your understanding and support in this decision. Please contact me with any questions or concerns.

    Keep writing, and stay tuned….

    Mike Lee

    President

    SCWA Board of Directors

    scwritersassociationpresident@gmail.com


  • 16 Oct 2020 11:27 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    South Carolina Writers Association has received a $7,500 major grant award from South Carolina Humanities for the 2020-21 fiscal year. The grant funds will be used to support SCWA in three significant areas: development and delivery of a series of new educational programs for South Carolina writers, optimization of SCWA’s new, updated website (myscwa.org) and to support SCWA’s April 2021 annual conference, which will feature speakers Patti Callahan Henry and Jeffrey Blount as well as numerous other authors, agents and editors.

    “The South Carolina Humanities grant is a terrific way for SCWA to celebrate our 30th anniversary,” says board president Mike Lee. “We are grateful and proud to have such strong support from S.C. Humanities for the literary arts. All writers of South Carolina will benefit from the new and enhanced programs and services the grant will support.”

    SCWA is a literary arts non-profit organization offering a supportive environment for people to become better writers. SCWA, which began in 1990 as the South Carolina Writers Workshop, is dedicated to writers in all genres and levels of writing skill. It is led by a diversified, volunteer board of directors, all of whom are writers themselves.

    The mission of South Carolina Humanities is to enrich the cultural and intellectual lives of all South Carolinians. This not-for-profit organization presents and/or supports literary initiatives, lectures, exhibits, festivals, publications, oral history projects, videos and other humanities-based experiences that reach more than 250,000 citizens annually. South Carolina Humanities receives funding from the National Endowment for the Humanities as well as corporate, foundation and individual donors. It is governed by a volunteer board of directors composed of community leaders from throughout the state.


  • 16 Oct 2020 9:23 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    September 2020

    Dear Writers,

    SCWA has some exciting news on the horizon. We’ve been discussing our new website for a few months now, and we’re finally ready for the big reveal.

    SCWA Website: same URL, new look! The website still can be found at myscwa.org, but just about everything else on the site has changed. It goes live Oct. 1 and is part of SCWA's new branding to the writing community. More importantly, the new site is designed to be member focused. 

    There are many new benefits for members including a password protected MEMBERS ONLY section, which will host:

    • Private forums for each chapter to communicate and organize their activities.
    • Submission opportunities blog.
    • Recorded videos of virtual workshops.
    • A discussion forum to improve communication about SCWA events and activities and to host conversations about writing craft and the writing life.

    In addition, we soon will introduce Virtual Genre Chapters for members who wish to join an online critique group specific to their genre.

    Another addition to the site is a Member Profile area to give our authors a place to share their bios, publications and photos on our website. Members will need to update their profile. Watch the video for directions on how to do that.

    Take a short video tour of the new site:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Qyx9cRjWtWQ&feature=youtu.be&fbclid=IwAR0PU_o6ZnM5Rp7Hb2Up5adn3u-rxpX1NicFb4fA8MNjljeQM2qBZIbFr-A

    We're getting close to announcing the selections for The Petigru ReviewThe submission windows are now open for SCWA's anthology Catfish Stew as well as the McCray Nickens Poetry and Coker Fiction Fellowships contests co-sponsored with the South Carolina Academy of Authors. 

    Register now to receive early bird registration discounts for SCWA's Spring 2021 Conference, April 16 to 18, in Columbia. It's shaping up to be a great event!

    You can get more information on publications, contests and the conference at our website, www.myscwa.org.

    Stay safe and keep writing,

    Mike Lee

    President

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