SCWA is partnering with the Pat Conroy Literary Center for a hybrid event! Face-to-face and virtual options available!
OUR PRINCE OF SCRIBES WRITERS CONFERENCE – RIDGELAND, AUGUST 29
Join Our Prince of Scribes: Writers Remember Pat Conroy contributing writers Stephanie Austin Edwards, Jonathan Haupt, Ellen Malphrus, and Sean A. Scapellato, with Brooke McKinney and Holland Perryman, for a lively series of four writing workshops and a panel discussion on Saturday, August 29–presented in partnership between the Pat Conroy Literary Center and the Morris Center for Lowcountry Heritage in Ridgeland, SC. The conference has socially distanced individual seating for up to 20 participants plus an online capacity of 12 attending remotely through Zoom.
$85 for SCWA members and $100 for non-members for all-day registration (in person or online) includes all 4 workshops and closing the panel discussion. Books by presenting workshop faculty–including Our Prince of Scribes–will be available for sale onsite at the Morris Center and online through bookshop.org.
CONFERENCE SCHEDULE OF EVENTS
10:00 to 11:00 a.m.: “Live at Home like a Traveler”; or, the Socially Distant Nature Writer | Ellen Malphrus
Pat Conroy, in the foreword for her novel Untying the Moon, said, “Ellen Malphrus writes about [the Lowcountry] with the osprey-eyed vision of a native [and] possesses a raw genius for nature writing.” In this workshop, Ellen will lead us on a journey of observation, not only into the alluring landscapes of the South Carolina Lowcountry (and beyond), but also inward as we explore what the natural world can teach us about ourselves. Henry David Thoreau advised to “live at home like a traveler.” “Look deep into nature,” Albert Einstein said, “and you will understand everything better.” Let’s do–and then let’s write about it!
11:15 a.m. to 12:15 p.m.: The Dialogue Crash Course: How to Talk the Talk | Sean A. Scapellato with Holland Perryman
Dialogue remains one of the trickiest fiction/memoir techniques. How do writers make their dialogue feel so real? How do they advance the plot so seamlessly? Why doesn’t my dialogue sound like that? (Because let’s face it: bad dialogue is REALLY BAD). This high-paced crash course will cover punctuation and strategies for making your dialogue really pop on the page. We’ll explore dialogue in the context of narration and interior monologue. We’ll look at examples from masters like Hemingway and Carver, and we’ll even perform a few passages from TV, analyzing what works and how characters communicate through what is not said. After this crash course, you won’t read or write the same way again.
12:30 to 1:45 p.m.: Lunch Break (on your own)
2:00 to 3:00 p.m. Book Marketing Essentials | Stephanie Austin Edwards
Book marketing has changed forever. Learn how to turn your focus toward what will sell your book. Whether you will traditionally published or self-published, it is up to the author to promote his or her book. So, if you’re writing a book, start your marketing plan now. If you’ve written a book, don’t let your marvelous, hard-earned masterpiece languish on the store shelf or be in lost the Internet ether. There are ways to market your book you never thought of. You can learn to build your marketing plan and platform in minutes a day. What it takes is time, patience, and a little online savvy. This course will cover: Building your brand for eBooks and Tree Books (hard and soft cover), social networking (Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, etc.), blog and site building tools, reader communities, audio/visual tools, YouTube, podcasting, Google tools, DYI content marketing tools, building your network, market timing and distribution, and how to begin your own marketing plan.
3:15 to 4:15 p.m.: The Burning Man vs. the Tortoises: Turning Memories into Stories | Jonathan Haupt and Brooke McKinney
In his 2010 memoir My Reading Life, Pat Conroy shared two fascinating—and seemingly contradictory—metaphors for writerly inspiration: the burning man he encountered in Rome and the tortoises he encountered with writer (and Our Prince of Scribes contributing essayist) Jonathan Carroll in Vienna. We’ll discuss both of those metaphors as instructive examples of how we can turn our memories into our stories. This session will include discussion of the writer’s craft and sources of inspiration as well as interactive writing prompts.
4:30 to 5:30 p.m.: Our Prince of Scribes: Writers Remember Pat Conroy panel discussion
In our closing panel discussion of Our Prince of Scribes, Stephanie Austin Edwards, Jonathan Haupt, Ellen Malphrus, and Sean A. Scapellato will share their memories of Pat Conroy as friend, mentor, and champion in their writing lives. We’ll also discuss how the nonprofit Conroy Center continues Pat’s legacy as educator.