Virtual Events

Continue to check this page for upcoming virtual events.

The South Carolina Writers’ Association launches its 2021 literary arts initiatives in January.

BECOME AN AUTHOR events feature published authors in a live-from-home evening event. 

WRITING CONVERSATIONS events are casual lunchtime Zoom conferences led by a variety of literary citizens including SCWA board member and radio host of Write on SC, Dr. Kasie Whitener. 

All of SCWA’s 2021 literary arts offerings are free and open to the public in their live event. Recordings available for SCWA members. 

These programs are sponsored by South Carolina Humanities, a not-for-profit organization; inspiring, engaging and enriching South Carolinians with programs on literature, history, culture and heritage.

Upcoming events

    • 21 Sep 2021
    • 12:00 PM
    • Zoom
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    "Freelancer's Toolbox"

    Join us for a discussion about tools, strategies and hustle used by freelance writers, including how to write a good pitch. We'll also discuss how publishing and writing nonfiction pieces can help your other creative work.

    SPECIAL GUEST Britt Peterson is a contributing editor at Washingtonian magazine, a former columnist for the Boston Globe Ideas section, and a former editor at Foreign Policy and the New Republic. She writes about culture, language, ideas, and politics for the New York Times, Washington Post, Elle, Slate, the Atlantic, Nautilus, and other places. She teaches journalism as an instructor in Georgetown’s undergraduate journalism program. She is also a recent graduate of the Bennington Writing Seminars with an MFA in fiction. Her work has been supported with grants from Bennington College, the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, and the Wesleyan Writers’ Conference; short stories have recently earned mention in the Missouri Review Editor’s Prize and the Zoetrope All-Story Contest. Pronouns: she/her/hers

    HOST Amber Wheeler Bacon is a writer, editor, teacher and literacy coach. She has an MFA from the Bennington Writing Seminars and is on the board of directors of the South Carolina Writers Association. Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in Five PointsPost RoadNew Ohio Review, Crazyhorse and Witness. You can find her writing online at  PloughsharesCRAFT, Fiction Writer’s Review and New South. She is the recipient of the 2018 Breakout 8 Writers Prize sponsored by The Author’s Guild and a Katharine Bakeless Nason Scholarship from the Bread Loaf Environmental Writers’ Conference. Her story collection, We Were Vessels, was one of five finalists for Hub City Press’s C. Michael Curtis Short Story Book Prize. She is Assistant Fiction Editor at Four Way Review

    • 28 Sep 2021
    • 12:00 PM
    • Zoom
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    "Submissions Best Practices"

    Host Amber Wheeler Bacon discusses her experience working with journals such as Ploughshares, Four Way Review, and SCWA publications, her personal submissions strategies, and shares a few tools for tracking submissions.

     HOST Amber Wheeler Bacon is a writer, editor, teacher and literacy coach. She has an MFA from the Bennington Writing Seminars and is on the board of directors of the South Carolina Writers Association. Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in Five PointsPost RoadNew Ohio Review, Crazyhorse and Witness. You can find her writing online at  PloughsharesCRAFT, Fiction Writer’s Review and New South. She is the recipient of the 2018 Breakout 8 Writers Prize sponsored by The Author’s Guild and a Katharine Bakeless Nason Scholarship from the Bread Loaf Environmental Writers’ Conference. Her story collection, We Were Vessels, was one of five finalists for Hub City Press’s C. Michael Curtis Short Story Book Prize. She is Assistant Fiction Editor at Four Way Review

    • 05 Oct 2021
    • 12:00 PM
    • Zoom
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    MEMOIR with Megan Galbraith

    We'll discuss strategies for turning your personal story and your obsessions into a book, ways to choose a press that fits your work and how to deal with the response from those close to you when your feelings and stories become known. We'll also talk about ways to connect with readers and keep your work in the conversation once your book has been published. 

     SPECIAL GUEST Megan Galbraith is a writer, visual artist,   and adoptee. She is the author of The Guild of the Infant   Saviour: An Adopted Child’s Memory Book, a hybrid   memoir-in-essays published by Mad Creek Books/Ohio   State University Press. Her work was Notable in Best   American Essays 2017 and her writing and art has been   published or is forthcoming in HYPERALLERGIC, BOMB,   The Believer, Tupelo Quarterly, Hobart, Longreads, Hotel   Amerika, Catapult, and Redivider, among others. She is a graduate of and the Associate Director at the Bennington Writing Seminars. She is the founding director of the Governor’s Institutes of Vermont Young Writers Institute. www.megangalbraith.com  Photo Credit: Beth Mickalonis

    HOST Amber Wheeler Bacon is a writer, editor, teacher and literacy coach. She has an MFA from the Bennington Writing Seminars and is on the board of directors of the South Carolina Writers Association. Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in Five PointsPost RoadNew Ohio Review, Crazyhorse and Witness. You can find her writing online at  PloughsharesCRAFT, Fiction Writer’s Review and New South. She is the recipient of the 2018 Breakout 8 Writers Prize sponsored by The Author’s Guild and a Katharine Bakeless Nason Scholarship from the Bread Loaf Environmental Writers’ Conference. Her story collection, We Were Vessels, was one of five finalists for Hub City Press’s C. Michael Curtis Short Story Book Prize. She is Assistant Fiction Editor at Four Way Review

    • 12 Oct 2021
    • 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
    • Zoom
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    Amy Collins, "Get an Agent: Tools and Pathways"

    PRESENTER BIO

     Amy Collins is a new literary agent with Talcott Notch   Literary Services, where she's also acting as their Director   of Subsidiary Rights. In addition to being a bestselling   author, Collins has worked as a book buyer, sales rep, and   featured columnist for TheBookDesigner, Writer's Digest,   and IBPA. She's also taught at many of the publishing   industry's top festivals and conferences.

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