Rock Hill Intensive Workshop

Attention: The 2016 workshop has been canceled. There are no plans to continue offering the workshop.

Since 2007, the Rock Hill SCWA Chapter has presented an annual day-long Writers’ Intensive.

The idea for a full day mini-workshop emerged as a “jumpstart/kick in the bottom” for Rock Hill Chapter Members who attended the annual SCWA Conference in October. The Intensive, originally called a workshop, was scheduled for the spring, to fall midway between conferences and to reignite the energy and enthusiasm lit in October.

The first was organized for the local Chapter but open to anyone in the Rock Hill, Lancaster, and York areas. Eventually the invitation extended to other SCWA Chapters and local writers’ groups and organizations in South Carolina and North Carolina.

The Intensive is held at Grace Lutheran Church. Cost is a factor and early on the church graciously allowed us the space at no cost, now we pay them a small fee.

Organizers of the Intensive strive to cover a broad range of genres – fiction, non-fiction, science-fantasy, science-fiction, memoir, poetry; processes, and practicalities such as illustrating, social media and publishing. Past topics include 10 Commandments of Writing, Creating Believable Characters, Finding and Nurturing Your Creative Voice, and Researching, Organizing and Writing Your Non-fiction and Fiction.

Speakers included New York Times Best Selling author Gwen Hunter, Charlotte Observer columnists Dannye Romine Powell, Kay McSpadden and Tommy Tomlinson; short story authors, poets, illustrators and editors.

The Intensive is a full day, though starting and ending times have varied through the years, and include lunch. In the first years, lunch was donated by a local sub shop, and desserts were made by the mother of one of the teenage Members. Since then the lunches have taken on a variety of delicious forms.

Book signing opportunities have been important since the inception of the Intensive. Initially this was offered only to speakers, then to Rock Hill Chapter Members. Now any SCWA Member or business is welcome to participate within the Intensive guidelines.

While the focus of the Intensive remained the same, the actual event changed each year strengthening and increasing its value. More session choices and a full-color program were added, and sponsorship opportunities for local businesses and those with an interest in writing or selling books, help offset the cost of the event.

Evaluations collected after the Intensive provide valuable insight on how to improve each year and what topics and speakers to consider for upcoming Writers’ Intensives.

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