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Paula Munier, agent and author

Agent, author Paula Munier to present Author's Toolbox Feb. 29

Join top agent and author Paula Munier for a one-hour talk on how to hook readers - and agents and publishers - with a memorable opening as she presents for SCWA's Author's Toolbox at 7 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 29.

Munier is the senior agent at Talcott Notch Literary Services and a USA TODAY bestselling mystery author.

Over 20 years, Munier has conceived, created, produced and marketed content in all formats across all markets for such media giants as WGBH, Fidelity, Disney and Gannett.

Her books on writing include The Writer’s Guide to Beginnings: How to Craft Story Openings That Sell, Writing with Quiet Hands: How to Shape Your Writing to Resonate with Readers, and Plot Perfect: How to Build Unforgettable Stories Scene by Scene.

A Borrowing of Bones, the first in her ongoing mystery series, was nominated for the Mary Higgins Clark Award.

Munier’s books on writing have been called brilliant, practical, inspiring, and “loaded with tips and tricks.”

Program is free for SCWA members; $25 for nonmembers. The Zoom link will be provided upon registration.


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Literary agent Renee C. Fountain

Agent Renee Fountain offers critique sessions
February 2, 2024

In partnership with South Carolina Writers Association, literary agent Renee C. Fountain, president of Gandolfo Helin & Fountain Literary Management, is offering critique sessions.

These sessions will be available for purchase:

Book Pitch with 15-minute Zoom session
Cost: $75

One-Page Query or 1st Page Critique (no Zoom session)
Cost: $75

10-Page Reading with 15-minute Zoom session
Cost: $100

10-Page In-Depth Critique (no Zoom session)
Cost: $110

To register for any of these sessions, go to the SCWA Online Store, select your desired session(s) and pay via credit or debit card. 

Once payment is confirmed, you will receive an email with instructions regarding your submission and/or scheduling your session with Fountain, if applicable. Note that ALL payments are ONLINE via credit card or debit card; PayPal, Venmo or other cash-apps are not accepted. Payment must be received within two (2) hours of placement of the order or it will be canceled.

Renee C. Fountain champions various genres, ranging from adult thrillers to informative nonfiction and close-to-her-heart YA. Over the years, Fountain has helped launch several crime thriller writers and series, including Sarah Cain’s The 8th Circle, Michel Logan’s Hell’s Detective and Jonathan Fredrick’s Cain City series. Before putting on her agent hat, she spent five years working for the CW television network as a book scout and story analyst for television development. She spent nearly a decade working in major publishing houses, including Harcourt Brace and Simon & Schuster, where she worked with some of the best writers and illustrators in the publishing world.  In addition to looking for the next best-seller, Fountain also can be found on the faculty of Manuscript Academy, providing developmental editing and writing critiques.

Questions? Email administrator@myscwa.org.


Ash Smith, elected president

New officers elected
February 1, 2024

The year is off to a great start with our new board of directors, which met in person in January to conduct SCWA business and to elect our new officers for 20204.

Ash Smith was elected president, and Charles Hall was elected 1st vice president. Lynn Volkenant will continue as treasurer. We continue to seek someone to take over the role of secretary. If you have an interest, pleas contact our administrator, Laura Corbin, at administrator@myscwa.org; she will fill you in on the responsibilities of the office.


Smith has a BFA in creative and professional writing. They currently are working on their first novel. A graduate of Converse University, Smith lives in Spartanburg and has served on previous boards in both Spartanburg and Converse University communities. They are very excited to serve on SCWA’s board and look forward to growing with this community.

A native South Carolinian, Hall is new to the novel-writing game. Previously, his efforts were focused on speech and stage writing. He uses his writing talents primarily in the political world as an issue activist. In fiction writing, he finds Heinlein, Crichton, Grisham, Harris and Conroy to be inspirations. Outside of writing you will find him at home on the tennis court and camping. You can find him on most social media platforms at Chip Hall.


As announced las month, our vice presidents are: Pat Brandon, Events & Education; Ben Culbreth, Marketing; and Jay Sauls, Membership. Kasie Whitener continues on the board as immediate past president.

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