Virtual Events

2022 events calendar includes virtual and in-person programs

In 2022, SCWA will continue its successful virtual workshops and writing programs that will focus on writing craft and publishing. 

Starting in January, SCWA members will have free access to the popular Writing Conversations and Become an Author series and a new program called Writers' Studio. These will occur quarterly. 

SCWA also will introduce new paid programs at discounted member rates consisting of four-week, virtual, in-depth workshops focusing on topics such as novel writing, finding an agent, and indie marketing and bookselling.

Additional quarterly programs include free open mic sessions and paid in-person and virtual workshops to be held in locations across the state. Members also have access to up to 40 recorded writing workshops and events in the Member News section of the website.

Upcoming events

    • 09 Aug 2022
    • 30 Aug 2022
    • 4 sessions
    • Zoom
    • 6
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    Digging Trenches: A generative fiction workshop. The foundational aspects of plumbing a house do not start with roughing in water lines or PVC, and they certainly don't include the fancy ornamental sinks or shower heads. All of that comes later. In order to plumb a new house, start to finish, we first need to dig trenches to lay cast iron, which will ultimately flow to the city sewer line. Then the concrete foundation, exterior walls, and all of a sudden we see the outline of a house emerge. Throughout this generative workshop, we'll be digging our own trenches and building our foundation. We'll focus on character and setting, conflict and empathy -- critical aspects of all good fiction. We'll read contemporary short stories from Kenyon Review, Narrative, and other literary journals as blueprints for how to incorporate dialogue, action, desire, conflict. We'll read, discuss, and write. We'll dig, pour, and build. 

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    Keith Lesmeister is the author of the story collection We Could’ve Been Happy Here. His fiction has appeared in American Short Fiction, Gettysburg Review, New Stories from the Midwest, North American Review, Redivider, SLICE, and many others. His nonfiction has appeared in The Good Men Project, River Teeth, Sycamore Review, Tin House Open Bar, Water~Stone Review, and elsewhere. He received his M.F.A. from the Bennington Writing Seminars and serves as editor of CutleafHe lives in Iowa’s Driftless region.

    Zoom link provided upon registration.

    • 08 Sep 2022
    • 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM
    • Facebook Live/Zoom


    This monthly virtual Open Mic Night is presented on Zoom in a partnership of the South Carolina Writers Association and the Pat Conroy Literary Center. The featured writer for September is Susan Cushman, author of Pilgrim Interrupted. Join us live from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Sept. 8 on the Conroy Center's Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/events/440417244397991 for readings by a pantheon of participating writers from in and beyond our South Carolina Lowcountry. Interested in reading as part of Open Mic? Contact@patconroyliterarycenter.org.


    Susan Cushman is author of five books: Pilgrim Interrupted (essays/memoir), John and Mary Margaret (novel), Friends of The Library (short stories), Cherry Bomb (a novel) and Tangles and Plaques: A Mother And Daughter Face Alzheimer's (a memoir). She is editor of three anthologies: Southern Writers on Writing, A Second Blooming: Becoming The Women We Are Meant To Be, and The Pulpwood Queens Celebrate 20 Years! Cushman was co-director of the 2013 and 2010 Oxford (Mississippi) Creative Nonfiction Conferences. She was director of the 2011 Memphis Creative Nonfiction Workshop. She was a panelist at the 2017, 2018 and 2021 Mississippi Book Festival, the 2017 Decatur Book Festival, the 2012, 2017 and 2018 Southern Festival of Books, the 2013, 2018 and 2019 Louisiana Book Festival, a speaker at the 2018 Mississippi Writers Guild Conference, the 2018 Alabama Writers Conclave Conference, the 2019 Southern Literary Festival, the 2019 Middle Tennessee State University Writers Conference, and the 2020 AWP (Association of Writers and Writing Professionals) Conference. A native of Jackson, Mississippi, Cushman lives in Memphis. Read more at www.susancushman.com. 

    Registration not required.


    • 07 Oct 2022
    • 5:30 PM
    • 09 Oct 2022
    • 12:30 PM
    • Zoom
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    Join us in from the coziness of your couch for a weekend of immersive workshops on craft, publishing and the writing life. SCWA is all about building your writing skills and building a cohesive writing community to keep you engaged and motivated in your writing practices. Come write with us this fall! 

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    Early bird rates end 5/31/22. Register now to save your spot! 

    An anonymous donation will substantially underwrite the conference expenses in honor of SCWA Immediate Past President, Mike Lee.

     

    • 13 Oct 2022
    • 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM
    • Facebook Live/Zoom


    This monthly virtual Open Mic Night is presented on Zoom in a partnership of the South Carolina Writers Association and the Pat Conroy Literary Center. The featured writer for October is Angelo Geter, Poet Laureate of Rock Hill (SC) and author of More God Than Dead. Join us live from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Oct. 13 on the Conroy Center's Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/events/564424731808167 for readings by a pantheon of participating writers from in and beyond our South Carolina Lowcountry. Interested in reading as part of Open Mic? Contact@patconroyliterarycenter.org. Registration not required.


    Angelo Geter is an award-winning poet, educator, author and performance artist based in Rock Hill, South Carolina. He currently serves as the Poet Laureate of Rock Hill and is a 2020 Academy of American Poets Laureate Fellow. Geter is a 2018 National Poetry Slam champion, Rustbelt Regional Poetry Slam finalist, Southern Fried Regional Poetry Slam finalist and the founder/director of One Word Poetry Festival. His work has appeared on All Def Poetry, Charleston Currents, Gratefulness.com, and the Academy of American Poets “Poem a Day” series. His debut collection More God Than Dead was released in June 2022.


    • 21 Oct 2022
    • 3:00 PM
    • 23 Oct 2022
    • 12:00 PM
    • Litchfield by the Sea, Pawleys Island, SC
    • 12
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    Join us in beautiful Pawleys Island for a weekend of immersive workshops on craft, publishing and the writing life. SCWA is all about building your writing skills and building a cohesive writing community to keep you engaged and motivated in your writing practices. Come write by the beach! 


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    An anonymous donation will substantially underwrite the conference expenses in honor of SCWA Immediate Past President, Mike Lee.


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    • 10 Nov 2022
    • 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM
    • Facebook Live/Zoom

    This monthly virtual Open Mic Night is presented on Zoom in a partnership of the South Carolina Writers Association and the Pat Conroy Literary Center. The featured writer for November is Monica Lee Weatherly, winner of the Willie Morris Award for Southern Poetry. Join us live from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Nov. 10 on the Conroy Center's Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/events/1755017598196853 for readings by a pantheon of participating writers from in and beyond our South Carolina Lowcountry. Interested in reading as part of Open Mic? Contact@patconroyliterarycenter.org. No registration needed.


    Monica Lee Weatherly is a poet, writer and professor of English at Georgia State University’s, Perimeter College. She is the 2021 winner of the Willie Morris Prize for Southern Poetry. Her work has appeared in numerous literary journals, including Tulane Review, Plainsongs Magazine, Nzuri Journal, and Auburn Avenue, a biannual publication showcasing the intellectual and creative voices of people of color. She is a member of the Georgia Writers Association and is listed in the Georgia Writers Registry. Weatherly’s writing often focuses on the culture and experiences of women of color in the American South.


    • 08 Dec 2022
    • 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM
    • Facebook Live/Zoom

    This monthly virtual Open Mic Night is presented on Zoom in a partnership of the South Carolina Writers Association and the Pat Conroy Literary Center. The featured writer for November December is Juan Eugenio Ramirez, author of The Man with Wolves for Hands, winner of the Nilsen Prize for First Novel. Join us live from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Dec. 8 on the Conroy Center's Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/events/1206211220194005 for readings by a pantheon of participating writers from in and beyond our South Carolina Lowcountry. Interested in reading as part of Open Mic? Let us know at contact@patconroyliterarycenter.org. Registration is not required.

    Juan Eugenio Ramirez is the author of The Man with Wolves for Hands, winner of the Nilsen Prize for First Novel and published by Southeast Missouri State University Press in September 2022. Though born in Washington state, Ramirez spent most of his formative years in Florida. Having taught both middle school and high school these past fifteen years, he holds an MFA in poetry from Sarah Lawrence College and a BA from Florida State University. His work has appeared in The Carolina Quarterly, Armchair/Shotgun, and Madcap Review. He currently teaches high school English at St. Francis School, an independent, progressive education school in Louisville, Kentucky. 


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