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  • 02 Dec 2020 5:57 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The South Carolina Writers Association is pleased to announce the creation of the SC Literary Arts Partnership ProjectThe purpose of the project is to understand the scope of services being provided to writers by various groups across the state and identify potential opportunities to collaborate, all with the objective of improving the writing experiences of South Carolina writers.   

    The project is funded by SC Humanities, The Companion Foundation/Raise Up Charleston, together with the project sponsors: the South Carolina Writers Association, The Pat Conroy Literary Center and the South Carolina Academy of Authors. A project consultant, Mary Greene, has been engaged as the project manager.

    “It’s all about the writers.” says Mike Lee, president of the South Carolina Writers Association Board of Directors. “There are many writer groups and organizations across the state supporting writers and published authors. Many of these groups offer programs and workshops in the writing craft or the business of writing. Often, writers aren’t aware of writing groups or the services available or where to go for help. This initiative is intended to help us understand the groups that exist, the services they provide and whether there are opportunities to collaborate to better support South Carolina’s writers.”

    Phase 1 of the project is intended to collect the data, discuss it among participants and issue a report early in 2021. A survey is being distributed to potential participants. If your group is interested in participating or would like more information, please contact

    Project Funding and Sponsorship:

    South Carolina Humanities (, a not-for-profit organization, inspiring, engaging and enriching South Carolinians with programs on literature, history, culture and heritage. 

    The Companion Foundation and its subsidiary Raise Up Charleston dedicated to enriching the lives of South Carolinians through outreach programs.

    South Carolina Writers Association (, with a mission to offer a supportive environment for people to become better writers.

    The Pat Conroy Literary Center (, which nurtures a diverse community of writers, readers, teachers and students by offering educational programs and special events that celebrate the transformative power of story, expanding our impact through collaborations with local and national partners.

    South Carolina Academy of Authors (, the purpose of which is to identify and recognize the state’s distinguished writers and to promote their literature’s influence on our cultural heritage.

  • 24 Nov 2020 10:58 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    SCWA has been as busy as ever this fall. Here are updates on our various activities:


    The new SCWA website is up and running, and it’s serving our members well. As with every new site, there have been minor glitches, which are being addressed. We appreciate your patience as we do so.

    The new site is designed to serve or membership better, but we’re not stopping there. Beginning in the new year, we plan additional upgrades and an optimization project to improve how we reach writers everywhere.  


    The Petigru Review. We’re excited about the 2020 edition of The Petigru Review, which is just days away from being issued. Look for a special announcement on it soon.

    Catfish Stew. The window for submissions to Catfish Stew will remain open until Jan. 15. Submitting your writing in a competition is a proven way to grow as a writer and enhance your skills. We encourage you to submit to this members-only anthology.

    McCray Nickens and Coker Fellowships. We’re so proud to partner with the South Carolina Academy of Authors to offer $1,500 poetry and fiction fellowships, judged this year by Wiley Cash and Tiana Clark. Submissions are open through Jan. 15.

    Submit entries for Catfish Stew and the McCray Nickens and Coker Fellowships at


    First Statewide Virtual Genre Group. Join SCWA for the launch of its first statewide virtual genre group, Memoir Writing. Mary Sturgill will host this new chapter starting on Jan. 14 from 6 to 8 p.m. The group will meet virtually every second Thursday of the month thereafter at that same time. Participants will upload their writing via the new forum link on the SCWA website. If you would like to participate in this chapter, please contact Mary Sturgill at She will ensure you get a meeting link.

    Other Statewide Genre Groups. If you are interested in hosting a statewide group in your preferred genre, please contact Nancy Allen-Mastro at You need not consider yourself an expert, only someone who wants to connect with others writing in that same genre. The host’s responsibility is to distribute meeting links and facilitate the meeting, while each participant brings insight and expertise to the conversation. We do not intend the statewide genre group to compete with local chapters but to offer you yet another collaboration outlet to support your writing.

    Membership renewal. Membership renewals will occur as of April 1; however, new members can join for the remainder of 2020 and Q1 2021 for only $26. Please encourage your writer friends to take advantage of this discounted rate and build our membership roster.

    Events & Education:

    As announced in October, the April 2021 conference will be a virtual event. The Conference Committee is working hard on the details and examining delivery options. We hope to announce plans and open registration in December. 

    In the meantime, we still have two programs to deliver to complete our 2020 virtual Member Pro Series:

    “The Subtle Art of Suspense” by Craig Farris at 10 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 5.

    “Self Editing: What Editors See That You Don’t See” by Michelle Buckman at 7 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 10. (Rescheduled from Nov .11). 

    These events have free registration on our website at

    As you know, SCWA has been awarded a grant from S.C. Humanities to assist in developing new programs, Writing Conversations and Become an Author. The Events & Education Committee is working on the delivery plans, which we expect to announce next month.

    Other News:

    Board of Directors nominations. We still are accepting nominations for the board of directors, either as a director or an advisor. We continue to need more talent to build on our successes and ambitious growth plans. Please contact me at if you are interested or have a suggestion. We need more diversity in all respects.

    Diversity: Speaking of diversity, check out this link with Periplus. Periplus (not affiliated with SCWA) is a brand new mentorship collective for writers of color, and they are accepting applications until Dec. 15.

    Writing organizations in South Carolina: SCWA is delighted to be part of the rich community of writing associations across the state offering support to all writers. However, we think there is an opportunity to better understand these organizations and examine opportunities to improve value to our members. We are creating a new initiative, the S.C. Literary Arts Partnership Project sponsored by SCWA and other essential partners. We’ll make an announcement soon! 

    As always, we love hearing from our members. Please let us know how we can better serve you or how you can help our great association. You are welcome to join our board meetings, too!

    Come write with us!

    Mike Lee

    President, Board of Directors

  • 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!


    Mike Lee


    SCWA Board of Directors

    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

    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

    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


    SCWA Board of Directors

  • 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 ( 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.

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