events calendar OF virtual programs
Continue to check here for updated virtual SCWA workshops and writing programs that will focus on writing craft and publishing.
Monthly meeting of the SCWA Board of Directors. Members are invited to attend; contact Laura Corbin at firstname.lastname@example.org for the Zoom link.
This year, SCWA is hosting Author's Toolbox, a series to help members improve their craft and better understand the publishing world. The SCWA will celebrate National Poetry Month with two remarkable poets: Candice Kelsey (left) and Natalie Marino (right).
Kelsey is a Georgia poet, educator, and activist. She studied law for two years in Chicago but withdrew to pursue writing. Her work has won praise and prizes, including the 2021 Two Sisters Micro Story Contest, the 2020 Rebecca Laird Poetry Prize and the 2019 Common Ground Poetry Contest. She has been a fiction reader for The New England Review and a poetry judge for Ageless Authors. Her second full-length collection, A Girl / Woman / Teacher / Poet, was published by Alien Buddha Press last year.
“Kelsey's work bridges the gap between the personal and the political. These are poems of protest, but there's a celebration of beauty and strength,” says poet Taylor Byas.
Marino, a California poet, pediatrician and mother, has been published in Atlas and Alice, Gigantic Sequins, Isele Magazine, Plainsongs, Pleiades, Rust + Moth, The Shore and elsewhere. Her micro-chapbook, Attachment Theory, was published by Ghost City Press last year. Her chapbook, Under Memories of Stars, is forthcoming from Finishing Line Press.
“Marino is a bright new talent, and her poems shimmer,” says poet Kelli Russell Agodon.
South Carolina poet and writer Arthur Turfa will host the event, which will include an open mic. Turfa, the author of six poetry books and a novel, is SCWA’s poetry chapter leader.
Free for SCWA members; $25 for nonmembers.
Zoom link will be provided at registration.
This year, SCWA is hosting Author's Toolbox, a series that will help members improve their craft and better understand the publishing world. Charleston thriller writer Stacy Willingham will talk about creating suspense, finding inspiration, and getting published. Willingham is the New York Times, USA Today, and internationally bestselling author of A Flicker in the Dark and All the Dangerous Things.
Goodreads calls her "a bona fide rising star in the mystery and thriller genre," and Publishers Weekly calls Willingham "an author to watch."
She earned her BA in magazine journalism from the University of Georgia and her MFA in writing from the Savannah College of Art and Design.
Free for SCWA members; nonmembers, $25. Zoom link will be provided after registration.
Other Author's Toolbox events (register for all events at SCWA Events Calendar):
Feb. 16 - North Carolina author Ashleigh Bryant Phillips will discuss her breakout short story collection, Sleepovers, the winner of the 2019 C. Michael Curtis Short Story Book Prize. Critics call her work “hard-core,” “fearless” and “deeply human.” Her stories have appeared in The Oxford American, The Paris Review, and others. She teaches writing at West Virginia Wesleyan College.
Feb. 23 - South Carolina author Andrew Geyer will reveal three secrets to writing and publishing great short fiction. He'll also talk about his interconnected story collection, Lesser Mountains. Geyer is a “contemporary master” of the short story, says poet Larry Thomas. The author, editor, or co-author of ten books, Geyer has won an IPPY, an INDIE, and two Spur Awards. He chairs the English Department at the University of South Carolina Aiken.
March 9 - Author Ashleigh Bell Pedersen will discuss her debut novel, The Crocodile Bride, published by Hub City Press. The book follows 11-year-old Sunshine Turner and her troubled father, Billy, as the secrets of their family’s past swirl around them in Fingertip, Louisiana. Pedersen’s fiction has appeared in New Stories from the South and the Kenyon Review. Her story “Small and Heavy World” was a finalist for both Best American Short Stories and a Pushcart Prize.
March 23 - South Carolina author Scott Gould will talk about his debut short story collection. Strangers to Temptation, a book that mixes “subtle humor with distinct moments of pathos,” says Booklist. Novelist Wilton Barnhardt compares Gould to Pat Conroy. Gould's work has appeared in the Kenyon Review and New Stories from the South. He's won fellowships from the South Carolina Arts Commission and the state Academy of Authors.
This year, SCWA is hosting Author's Toolbox, a series to help members improve their craft and better understand the publishing world.
SCWA’s poetry celebration continues in May with Kelli Russell Agodon (left) and Jenna Le (right).
Award-winning poet, writer and editor Agodon will talk about writing poetry and her newest book, Dialogues with Rising Tides, which was shortlisted for the Eric Hoffer Book Award Grand Prize in Poetry. She is the co-founder of Two Sylvias Press and co-author of The Daily Poet: Day-By-Day Prompts for Your Writing Practice. Her other books include Hourglass Museum, Letters from the Emily Dickinson Room and Fire On Her Tongue: An Anthology of Contemporary Women's Poetry.
Her work has appeared in The Atlantic, O, The Oprah Magazine, Prairie Schooner, New England Review and Garrison Keillor's Good Poems for Hard Times anthology.
Le, a New York City physician, educator and poet, is the author of three full-length poetry collections: Six Rivers, A History of the Cetacean American Diaspora and Manatee Lagoon. A daughter of Vietnamese refugees, she was selected by Marilyn Nelson as the winner of Poetry By The Sea’s inaugural sonnet competition. Her poems have appeared in AGNI, Verse Daily, West Branch and many other journals. Diaspora won an Elgin Award from the Science Fiction and Fantasy Poetry Association.
Zoom link provided upon registration.
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