Virtual Events

Continue to check this page for upcoming virtual events. Go to https://myscwa.wildapricot.org/ann_conf_2021 for information on the virtual 2021 Annual Conference.

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. Susan Zurenda, award-winning author of Bells for Eli, kicks off the 2021 cycle at 7 p.m. Jan. 12 with her presentation “Family Stories: Evoking Emotion in Your Characters.” The Pat Conroy Literary Center lends their executive director and editor of the award-winning anthology Our Prince of Scribes: Writers Remember Pat Conroy, Jonathan Haupt, pairing up with PCLC’s communications and events coordinator and award-winning author Brook McKinney for “Burning Man versus the Tortoises: Turning Memories into Stories,” at 7 p.m. Feb. 9 at 7 p.m.

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. She kicks off the series on Jan. 19 with “Setting Writer Goals,” followed by Amelia Brown, who works in children's and YA book publishing, on Jan. 26, and Lowcountry poet Derek Berry on Feb. 2 with “Writing as Play.”

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

    • 29 Jun 2021
    • 12:00 PM (EDT)
    • Zoom
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    "Story Structure" with Amber Wheeler Bacon, hosted by Kasie Whitener

    • 06 Jul 2021
    • 12:00 PM (EDT)
    • Zoom
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    Memoir Jump Start with Alexa Bigwarfe

    • 07 Jul 2021
    • 6:00 PM (EDT)
    • Facebook Live and YouTube

    A livestreamed conversation with SCWA authors Bettie Williams and Lis Anna-Langston. Learn more about Bettie Williams's novel, "The Rake's Tale," here. Get a look at Lis Anna-Langston's novel, "Maya Loop," here. Hosted by Kasie Whitener. No registration required. Event recording will be available afterward.


    Live on Facebook and YouTube.

    • 13 Jul 2021
    • 12:00 PM (EDT)
    • Zoom
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    Historical Fiction with Dianna Rostad

    • 20 Jul 2021
    • 12:00 PM (EDT)
    • Zoom
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    The Evolution of a Work by Jodie Cain Smith

    • 27 Jul 2021
    • 12:00 PM (EDT)
    • Zoom
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    Flash Fiction with Emily Pease

    Join us for a conversation with short story and award-winning flash fiction writer, Emily Pease. We'll discuss the components of powerful flash fiction and the tools and strategies she uses to create her stories.

    Emily Pease graduated from the University of North Carolina with a degree in English and a concentration in journalism. She went on to receive an MA from Virginia Tech and an MFA in Writing from Warren Wilson College. Her story collection, Let Me Out Here, won the 2018 Hub City C. Michael Curtis Short Story Book Prize. Her stories have appeared in the Missouri Review, the Georgia ReviewShenandoah, Crazyhorse, the Alaska Quarterly ReviewNarrative, and Witness. After teaching for many years at the College of William & Mary, she now teaches writing to veterans through the Armed Services Arts Partnership, where she also serves as a member of their arts council. She is currently beginning a novel about logging the last forests of West Virginia. She lives in Williamsburg, VA.

    • 03 Aug 2021
    • 12:00 PM (EDT)
    • Zoom
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    • 11 Aug 2021
    • 6:00 PM (EDT)
    • Facebook Live and YouTube

    A livestreamed conversation with SCWA authors Linda Lovely and A.M. Ialacci. Learn more about A.M. Ialacci's novel, "Riptides, Wrath, and Murder," here. Take a look at Linda Lovely's book, "With Neighbors Like These," here. Hosted by Kasie Whitener. No registration required. Event recording will be available afterward.

    Live on Facebook and YouTube.

    • 14 Sep 2021
    • 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM (EDT)
    • Zoom
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    Jill Criswell, YA Fantasy Fiction

    PRESENTER BIO

    Jill Criswell is a writer of Young Adult Historical Fantasy. She was born and raised in the swamps of northeastern Florida. She earned degrees in English and Psychology and an MFA in Creative Writing from the University of Central Florida. Her greatest passion, besides reading and writing, is traveling the world; she’s visited fifty countries across six continents, falling in love with places like Iceland, Namibia, and Cambodia. She works as a university English teacher and lives in South Carolina, near the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains, with her husband and daughter (who is named after a volcano in Iceland).

    • 21 Sep 2021
    • 12:00 PM (EDT)
    • 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.

    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 (EDT)
    • 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 (EDT)
    • Zoom
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    "Revision Nitty Gritty"

    Discussion about revision strategies with Amber Wheeler Bacon

    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 (EDT)
    • 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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