Quill-B Edition 1

South Carolina Writers Association
Edition 1, November 24, 2018 Editors: Sue Cryer & Jayne Bowers

Dear SCWA Members:
Welcome to the first edition of The Quill-B! We chose to modernize a very familiar name to accommodate the combination of The Quill and SCWA’s blog. We maintain our association’s history by adhering to the value of the written word, whether feather, pen, or keyboard!
To take a look back at the SCWA 2018 Pawleys Island Writers Conference with photos and news in the latest Quill-B blog, simply click this link now or later at the bottom of this page.
As tradition holds, we also want to update you on some of our association’s important news.

Aiken Chapter
Mary Beth Gibson was awarded first place in the 2018 Kindle Book Awards for Literary Fiction for her novel, Harps Upon the Willows. Her other book, Aroon, was a semi-finalist.
Kathy Widener has held successful book signings this month featuring her new book, The Return Home, at Aiken Office Supply and Antiques and More Mall.
Bryce Gibson was featured in the October edition of Second Helping Okra Magazine. Check out his Q & A at http://okramagazine.com/2018/10/fright-night/. Also, his novel, The Reading Buddy, is in the preliminary stages of development for an indie film production company.
Rose Hayes met with her publisher during the Pawleys Island Writers Conference and was introduced to new SCWA board member, Mary Sturgill, who is interested in narrating audiobooks. Sturgill is the boards Director of Publicity & Social Media.

Chapin Chapter
Millie West will be signing copies of her latest novel, Of Sun and Rain, at the South Carolina Artisans Holiday Open House in Walterboro on Saturday, December 8.

Columbia II
Bonnie Stanard’s poem “In the Shade Of Cherry Trees” will be published in Volume 6 of The American Journal of Poetry, due to go live New Year’s Day. It is online at https://theamericanjournalofpoetry.com/ and is available to the public. The journal has been praised by notable poets such as Jane Hirschfield and Maxine Kumin. Joyce Carol Oats said of it, “The American Journal of Poetry” is astonishing! Its variety, its energy, its faith in the high values of poetry.”
– Columbia 2 SCWA member Raegan Teller was selected by Richland Library to contribute a chapter to its make-your-own-adventure story, “It’s about Time.” The full anthology is available to read online: https://library.biblioboard.com/content/a8beef36-4ed7-40ee-9712-113b196cfdb2 The MYOA format allows readers to choose the path they want to take at the end of chapters 1, 2, and 3. The paths you choose for your adventure along the way determines your final chapter. Teller’s chapter, “No Time to Talk,” is the third of the final chapter shown in the table of contents.

– Spartanburg County Public Libraries has a self-publish link under the section Pressbooks and Self-e for local authors at: http://www.spartanburglibraries.org/Using-the-Library/Makerspace
– V Press LC is accepting submissions for their $1000 Creative Nonfiction Book Prize and $500 Poetry Chapbook Contest. Running with Water anthology is accepting submissions of Poetry, Creative Nonfiction, Fiction and Flash (both fiction and nonfiction accepted) works. December 1 Deadline for all. For more details visit: https://vpress.submittable.com/submit or http://www.vpresslc.com/

Social Media
We now have a new Facebook page, not to be confused with the Facebook group!
Please visit our new South Carolina Writers Association Facebook page:

Members Published Works
Please send information on your published works to: scwritersassociationblog@gmail.com.

Announcements From 2018 Conference
– Congratulations to the winner of the SCWA Membership Survey – Marion Aldridge, who has won a free membership for 2019. Many thanks to all the members who participated in the Membership Survey!
– Congratulations to Nika Small-Muir, the recipient of the SCWA Conference Attendance Scholarship. Nika is a writer and teacher from Orangeburg County.
– If you attended the conference and didn’t get your copy of The Petigru Review, please contact the anthology email address to request one. scwritersassociationanthology@gmail.com

Note From Conference Chair, Amber-Wheeler Bacon

Dear SCWA members and conference attendees,
It was my honor to plan this year’s conference, and though it wasn’t perfect, I think there was a little something there for everyone. The SCWA board is already making plans for future regional workshops and conferences to meet the needs of SCWA members. As we plan, we’re taking member feedback into account. Stay tuned for more information about faculty and locations of upcoming events. We’re looking at opportunities to provide our members with a variety of writing topics including craft, generating new material, special genre workshops, publishing, presentation, etc…, more SLUSHFEST and exposure to literary agents. Be on the lookout for info soon!
Thanks so much,


Thanks for reading. We look forward to serving our members with new and improved editions of The Quill-B.

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Mine the Moments

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“January, the month of new beginnings and cherished memories, beckons.”  Sarah Ban Breathnach I won’t bore you with a list of writing do’s and don’ts to start the new year. We know the rules. Write each day. Use adverbs sparingly. … Continue reading

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Editors: Sue Cryer & Jayne Bowers

Welcome to Pawleys Island!



Kudos to Conference Chairperson, Amber Wheeler-Bacon, and the Assistant Chairperson, Roger Jones. Well done!

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Writing: Blissful Release

In today’s changing world, a break is needed therapy for most of us. As writers, we know the value of a bit of blissful detachment.

A brief disconnect can be a good thing for most of us. Put the phone away or keep it off for a few hours. Ignore social media for a day. Don’t watch any media for a day, real or fake. Aren’t we told that taking a hiatus from external stresses is good for both the mind and the soul? Not forever. Just long enough to re-connect with ourselves.

When we slow down, we tend to pay more attention to our own surroundings. Internal stress might travel with us, but an attentive mind may see the world at a calmer pace. This simple skill is a quintessential requirement for writers. We tend to be observant. We pay attention. In fact, silent observation often leads us to our craft. We see it. We experience it. Good or bad, we write it down.

Most of us will witness or experience hardships leading to various levels of internal stress from low to extreme throughout our lives, with or without media. The results have a way of weaving their way into an author’s work. A result our readers may appreciate.

In fact, writers dealing with stress is a common phenomenon. Click on stress in writing in your search bar and literally hundreds of results will appear. Suggestions range from journaling to relieve stress, writing prompts for stress management, and what causes writing anxiety.

Yes, I realize that last one can lead to even more stress. This is not a perfect field by any means, but most of us acknowledge that a page of utter junk causes us more satisfaction than staring at a blank page. At least that mess is out of our brains and may lead to a highly edited perfect pitch just waiting for the appropriate editor’s eyes.

Non-fiction is fairly ripe with all levels of external stress from politics to natural catastrophes, human crisis and wars. It also takes us to outer-space, honorable land mark events, and calm waters surrounding a barrier reef. Imagine a world where the lessons and horrors of past world wars went unprinted or the beauty of our serene but changing natural world escaped our libraries’ bookshelves.

The fiction writer is given much heavier license to ease or release stress into their stories. The very reason we write a novel may be based on stressful life occurrences. How many fictional stories begin with divorce, death, or separation from a loved one? Usually, the writing process takes over and the reader is eventually navigated through the characters’ challenges, consequences, and eventual outcomes from these huge life events. The ending may not always be a happy one, but the voyage occurred with some lessons learned for both writer and reader.

Beyond the motives external and internal stresses provide a writer, there are also logistical or linguistic areas to observe. We call it Lexical stress, or word stress. It is the emphasis placed on a given syllable in a word. Prosodic Stress or sentence stress takes us one step further, accentuating a certain word in a sentence by using italics. As in, I love writing about stress or I love writing about stress. The first puts all the pressure on me, but the second puts it on the emotion of love.

Maybe combine those two. “Love I” a little more. Treating ourselves as we would treat others or would wish to be treated. An old rule that should never go out of style, reversed or otherwise. Besides, a little kindness may go a long way towards reducing our anxiety
So, keep paying attention to the world around you. Good or bad, there is something of value to be learned. When it stresses you out, write about it. Feel the bliss.

Please remember that the South Carolina Writers Association offers many opportunities to learn, observe and take a break. Visit the SCWA website for more information regarding local chapters, The Quill (Newsletter), members’ published works, The Petigru Review, past blogs and much more. We hope to see many of you at the beach for the 2018 Pawleys Island Writers’ Conference next week.


Sue Cryer is a member of The SCWA Board of Directors and works as a Freelance Writer in Chapin, SC. She is a former Newspaper Correspondent and Feature News Writer.

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