The Value of SCWA Membership
The South Carolina Writers Association is a literary arts non-profit organization offering a supportive environment for people to become better writers no matter where they are in their writing endeavors.
How does SCWA achieve that mission? What do members get for the annual membership fee?
SCWA provides support to members by offering a wide variety of tools, education, events, and resources. These include:
Writers need readers. At the core of writer learning is access to other writers and the ability to submit work for critique and feedback in a supportive and constructive environment. Membership provides access to chapters across the state.
The annual SCWA conference/retreat brings together accomplished writers and faculty, giving members the opportunity to improve writing skills, network with other writers, and learn more about the publishing world. Writers can have their pieces critiqued by professionals in the industry. These events are competitively priced with discounted registration fees for members, delivering maximum value for cost.
Throughout the year, SCWA fosters workshops across the state on a variety of topics including craft development, query/synopsis writing, and how to self-publish and promote one’s work. Members enjoy discounted registration fees for these events.
SCWA offers a range of publishing opportunities for new and veteran writers. Through a competitive submissions process, the best in writing across the state is highlighted. Didn’t get in this year? Try again next year! These include:
- The Petigru Review: A digital literary journal that includes fiction, nonfiction, and poetry. It also accepts website content like reviews and craft essays. Submit your work or just enjoy a good online read!
- Catfish Stew: An annual print anthology which accepts all genres and highlights the best in writing from SCWA members. The anthology seeks to use members’ work to tell the story of the organization for the year.
The Quill Newsletter
The Quill, a monthly email newsletter, is a helpful resource to keep members up to date on all the latest happenings across the organization. From news on upcoming events and submission opportunities to insights on writing and updates from local chapters and members’ published works, this newsletter is a great way to stay informed about the SCWA.
Member Blogs, Promotion, and Social Media
The myscwa.org website is home for all news regarding the organization and our members. Learn about our members’ websites and follow their blogs as they navigate the complex world of writing. Got a blog/website/book you’d like to promote? Add it to the site! Meet and interact with other members by following us on Facebook and Twitter. The opportunities for interaction and collaboration are boundless when one joins the SCWA community.
Among the many benefits of membership, perhaps the most rewarding is the camaraderie, the experience of being part of the South Carolina writing community. SCWA is a group that values creativity and appreciates the diversity of the membership as well as the wide range of writing produced. It provides an opportunity to share experiences and learn from peers and professionals to help members achieve their writing goals.
SCWA Board of Directors