Do Not Be Eclipsed


Pay attention! August is shining brightly for members of South Carolina Writers Association. Winners for both the The Petigru Review and the Carrie Anne McCray contests will be announced very soon. We are also gearing up for a phenomenon not to be missed! Did someone say Eclipse?

Yes, that is also happening in South Carolina!

Our phenomenon is occurring on a slightly smaller scale. The Big Dream Conference is approaching, and registration for the October event in Pawley’s Island, SC is in process now at SCWA. We even have a new opportunity for two fortunate SCWA members who will receive the conference package for only $75 in exchange for volunteering that weekend (room and meal costs not included). Members should check their e-mails for an upcoming letter outlining this exceptional opportunity.

With eighty-one people already registered and advertising in place on a national level, space will become limited for this 120-maximum capacity event. Please don’t miss the chance to take advantage of the many prospects this writers’ conference has to offer; including a reception dinner, The Petigru Review launch party, Open Mic Night, and a days worth of work-shops presented by our impressive slate of invited faculty.

Choose from the eighteen different workshops including those offered by Dr. Kate Gale, Editor at Red Hen Press.  Kate is also an accomplished writer, with five collections of poetry and librettos for two operas to her credit.  *

Dr. Gale offered us a peak at what inspires her when responding to our conference stimulated questionnaire. “Stuff that bothers me is what begins a story and then I have to find the character and what they do. But ideas start, oyster like, with the thing that’s wrong and I can’t let go.”

Come join us by the sea! Be like an oyster, whose energy expands with growth in a very populated arena. Make plans to attend The Big Dream Conference during the last weekend of October. Dr. Gale’s workshops include How to Find the Right Publisher and Edit Like an Editor. Her limited synopsis/pitch sessions are going quickly. Choices for workshops from all faculty are still available.

This is no time to be hiding behind the clouds. Keep your eyes focused. Stay in touch. Open our e-mails, go to our website or click our Facebook page. Consider connecting with your fellow writers at conference. Don’t let hesitation eclipse your path to illumination!

Mostly, keep writing!

By Sue Cryer, SCWA BOD Blog

Photo: By NASA on The Commons – Apollo 12 view of Solar Eclipse, No restrictions,




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