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Below are upcoming events presented by SCWA. Register by clicking "Register" for the event(s) you wish to attend.

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    • 14 Jul 2022
    • 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
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    Join us for a special FREE TO ALL Writing Conversation with debut author, Lisa Forbes, as she joins journalist Paul Davis for a discussion about her transformation from felon to debut author, how she turned her hardships into a memoir, and how she found an agent and publisher for her powerful new book. 

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    The youngest of six children, LISA FORBES grew up in a Chicago housing project where she endured sexual, religious, and emotional abuse as a little girl. A voracious reader, she graduated high school at 15 and went to work as a secretary in a downtown insurance office, became pregnant at 16 and, at 19, unexpectedly and uncharacteristically committed a violent act, stabbing and killing the father of her daughter.

    Providing powerful insights into what we as a society need to learn and confront in the ongoing epidemic of mass re-incarceration, Lisa is a stunning example of an individual who through determination, knowledge, and hard work has been able to reclaim her own life.

    https://www.lisaforbesspeaks.com/


    • 16 Jul 2022
    • 10:30 AM
    • Columbia, SC (location TBD)

    Members are invited to attend this in-person meeting; location TBD. Contact the SCWA administrator at writersassociationsc@gmail.com for information. 


    • 28 Jul 2022
    • 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM
    • Zoom
    • 75
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    MAKING MESSES: HOW CHARACTER & PLOT THRIVE ON MISTAKES      Fiction often relies on bad behavior and making messes. In an interview about writing his movies, Ethan Coen said that many of his stories begin when he takes a situation or problem and gives it to a character who is incapable of dealing with it. Mistakes are then made, and they pile up, moving the narrative forward. In this class, we’ll look at the movie The Big Lebowski and a few pieces of literature where characters create difficult problems for themselves and then have to solve them.

    Come to this workshop prepared to write! We’ll be doing exercises in character development with bad behavior and mistakes in mind. Problems in fiction often stem from interactions between characters. We’ll pay close attention to what kinds of interactions might create the best problems for your characters, and how these can relate to the broader narrative within a story.

    Amber Wheeler Bacon is a writer, editor, teacher and literacy coach. She has an MFA from the Bennington Writing Seminars and is on the board of directors of the South Carolina Writers Association. Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in EcotoneEpiphanyFive PointsPost RoadNew Ohio Review, Crazyhorse and Witness. You can find her writing online at  PloughsharesCRAFT, Fiction Writer’s Review and New South. She is the recipient of the 2018 Breakout Writers Prize sponsored by The Author’s Guild and a 2021 scholarship from Bread Loaf Environmental. In 2020, her story collection, “We Were Vessels,” was one of five finalists for Hub City Press’s C. Michael Curtis Short Story Book Prize and a finalist for Moon City Press’s Short Fiction Award. She received the 2022 Lit/South Award for flash fiction and serves as daily editor at the Southern Review of Books. Amber currently teaches English at Coastal Carolina University and is represented by Amy Bishop at Dystel, Goderich & Bourret.

    • 09 Aug 2022
    • 30 Aug 2022
    • 4 sessions
    • Zoom
    • 13
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    Digging Trenches: A generative fiction workshop. The foundational aspects of plumbing a house do not start with roughing in water lines or PVC, and they certainly don't include the fancy ornamental sinks or shower heads. All of that comes later. In order to plumb a new house, start to finish, we first need to dig trenches to lay cast iron, which will ultimately flow to the city sewer line. Then the concrete foundation, exterior walls, and all of a sudden we see the outline of a house emerge. Throughout this generative workshop, we'll be digging our own trenches and building our foundation. We'll focus on character and setting, conflict and empathy -- critical aspects of all good fiction. We'll read contemporary short stories from Kenyon Review, Narrative, and other literary journals as blueprints for how to incorporate dialogue, action, desire, conflict. We'll read, discuss, and write. We'll dig, pour, and build. 

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    Keith Lesmeister is the author of the story collection We Could’ve Been Happy Here. His fiction has appeared in American Short Fiction, Gettysburg Review, New Stories from the Midwest, North American Review, Redivider, SLICE, and many others. His nonfiction has appeared in The Good Men Project, River Teeth, Sycamore Review, Tin House Open Bar, Water~Stone Review, and elsewhere. He received his M.F.A. from the Bennington Writing Seminars and serves as editor of CutleafHe lives in Iowa’s Driftless region.

    Zoom link provided upon registration.

    • 16 Aug 2022
    • 7:00 PM
    • Zoom

    Members are invited to attend via Zoom. Contact the SCWA administrator at writersassociationsc@gmail.com to receive the Zoom link.


    • 20 Sep 2022
    • 7:00 PM
    • Zoom

    Members are invited to attend via Zoom. Contact the SCWA administrator at writersassociationsc@gmail.com to receive the Zoom link.


    • 07 Oct 2022
    • 5:30 PM
    • 09 Oct 2022
    • 12:30 PM
    • Zoom
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    Join us in from the coziness of your couch for a weekend of immersive workshops on craft, publishing and the writing life. SCWA is all about building your writing skills and building a cohesive writing community to keep you engaged and motivated in your writing practices. Come write with us this fall! 

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    Early bird rates end 5/31/22. Register now to save your spot! 

    An anonymous donation will substantially underwrite the conference expenses in honor of SCWA Immediate Past President, Mike Lee.

    • 18 Oct 2022
    • 7:00 PM
    • Zoom

    Members are invited to attend via Zoom. Contact the SCWA administrator at writersassociationsc@gmail.com to receive the Zoom link.


    • 21 Oct 2022
    • 3:00 PM
    • 23 Oct 2022
    • 12:00 PM
    • Litchfield by the Sea, Pawleys Island, SC
    • 29
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    Join us in beautiful Pawleys Island for a weekend of immersive workshops on craft, publishing and the writing life. SCWA is all about building your writing skills and building a cohesive writing community to keep you engaged and motivated in your writing practices. Come write by the beach! 

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    Early bird rates end 4/30/22. Register now to save your spot! 

    An anonymous donation will substantially underwrite the conference expenses in honor of SCWA Immediate Past President, Mike Lee.

    • 19 Nov 2022
    • 10:30 AM
    • Columbia, SC (Location TBD)

    Members are invited to attend this in-person meeting; location TBD. Contact the SCWA administrator at writersassociationsc@gmail.com for information. 


    • 20 Dec 2022
    • 7:00 PM
    • Zoom

    Members are invited to attend via Zoom. Contact the SCWA administrator at writersassociationsc@gmail.com to receive the Zoom link.


Past events

25 Jun 2022 SCWA Inside-Out
21 Jun 2022 Board of Directors Monthly Meeting
19 May 2022 WRITERS' STUDIO: Shared Writing Time
18 May 2022 Board of Directors Monthly Meeting (NOTE DATE CHANGE)
03 May 2022 YOUR PATHS TO PUBLISH: From Indie to Big Five
28 Apr 2022 BECOME AN AUTHOR: Eco-Writing
23 Apr 2022 Board of Directors Quarterly Meeting
21 Apr 2022 WRITERS' STUDIO: Shared Writing Time
14 Apr 2022 WRITING CONVERSATIONS: Publishing Paths
07 Apr 2022 WRITING CONVERSATIONS: Recollection & Memoir
24 Mar 2022 BECOME AN AUTHOR: Get Into Your Write Space
17 Mar 2022 WRITERS' STUDIO: Shared Writing Time
15 Mar 2022 Board of Directors Monthly Meeting
17 Feb 2022 WRITERS' STUDIO: Shared Writing Time
16 Feb 2022 NOTE DATE CHANGE: Board of Directors Monthly Meeting
01 Feb 2022 NOVEL WORKSHOP: Caves & Cathedrals
27 Jan 2022 BECOME AN AUTHOR: Writing Sound & Silence
20 Jan 2022 WRITERS' STUDIO: Shared Writing Time
15 Jan 2022 Board of Directors Quarterly Meeting
13 Jan 2022 WRITING CONVERSATIONS: Manuscript to Marketplace
06 Jan 2022 WRITING CONVERSATIONS: Generative Prompts for the New Year
21 Dec 2021 Board of Directors Monthly Meeting
23 Nov 2021 Board of Directors Monthly Meeting
16 Nov 2021 Diverse Publishing Landscapes: a Q&A with Felice Laverne, Agent, Editor, Writer
23 Oct 2021 Board of Directors Quarterly Meeting
12 Oct 2021 BECOME AN AUTHOR: Get an Agent: Tools and Pathways
05 Oct 2021 WRITING CONVERSATIONS: Memoir
28 Sep 2021 Board of Directors Monthly Meeting
28 Sep 2021 WRITING CONVERSATIONS: Submissions Best Practices
21 Sep 2021 WRITING CONVERSATIONS: Freelancing and the Art of the Pitch
16 Sep 2021 Authors' Corner: Steve Gordy & Cat Fitzgerald
15 Sep 2021 NEW DATE: BECOME AN AUTHOR: YA Fantasy Fiction
26 Aug 2021 Writing Diverse Characters: Kevin Don Porter
24 Aug 2021 Board of Directors Monthly Meeting
11 Aug 2021 Authors' Corner: Linda Lovely and A.M. Ialacci
03 Aug 2021 WRITING CONVERSATIONS: Historical Fiction
27 Jul 2021 Board of Directors Meeting (NOTE DATE/TIME CHANGE)
27 Jul 2021 WRITING CONVERSATIONS: Flash Fiction
20 Jul 2021 WRITING CONVERSATIONS: The Evolution of a Work
13 Jul 2021 WRITING CONVERSATIONS: Slushfest & Sharefest
07 Jul 2021 Authors' Corner: Bettie Williams and Lis Anna-Langston
06 Jul 2021 WRITING CONVERSATIONS: Memoir Jump Start
29 Jun 2021 WRITING CONVERSATIONS: Story Structure
26 Jun 2021 Board of Directors Monthly Meeting (NOTE DATE/TIME CHANGE)
22 Jun 2021 WRITING CONVERSATIONS: Senior Creativity
15 Jun 2021 WRITING CONVERSATIONS: Writing Goals Check-In
08 Jun 2021 WRITING CONVERSATIONS: First Drafts & Revision
01 Jun 2021 WRITING CONVERSATIONS: Voice
25 May 2021 Board of Directors Monthly Meeting
25 May 2021 BECOME AN AUTHOR REDUX: The Burning Man vs. the Tortoises: Turning Memories into Stories
25 May 2021 WRITING CONVERSATIONS: Bad Guys
18 May 2021 BECOME AN AUTHOR: Facing Failure
18 May 2021 WRITING CONVERSATIONS: Images
24 Apr 2021 Board of Directors Quarterly Meeting
16 Apr 2021 SCWA Annual Writers Conference, South Carolina: the Storytelling State
30 Mar 2021 WRITING CONVERSATIONS: Publishing, Agenting and Authoring from Experience
23 Mar 2021 Board of Directors Monthly Meeting
23 Mar 2021 WRITING CONVERSATIONS: Literary Agent Q&A
16 Mar 2021 WRITING CONVERSATIONS: Writing from the Core Wound for Depth and Insight
09 Mar 2021 BECOME AN AUTHOR: Trickster's Velocity: A Generative Poetry Workshop
02 Mar 2021 WRITING CONVERSATIONS: The Perfect Pitch
23 Feb 2021 Board of Directors Monthly Meeting
23 Feb 2021 WRITING CONVERSATIONS Collaborations
16 Feb 2021 WRITING CONVERSATIONS Writing About Love
09 Feb 2021 BECOME AN AUTHOR "Burning Man vs. the Tortoises: Turning Memories into Stories"
02 Feb 2021 WRITING CONVERSATIONS Writing as Play
26 Jan 2021 WRITING CONVERSATIONS Children's and YA Publishing
23 Jan 2021 Board of Directors Quarterly Meeting
19 Jan 2021 WRITING CONVERSATIONS Setting Writer Goals
12 Jan 2021 Become an Author
10 Dec 2020 Self Editing: What Editors See that You Don't See
05 Dec 2020 The Subtle Art of Suspense
29 Oct 2020 Grow Your Email List for a Successful Book Launch
19 Sep 2020 Member Pro:Characters Who Grow for the Soil—or Life—They’re Planted In
10 Aug 2020 Member Pro: Partnering with Independent Booksellers
16 Jul 2020 Member Pro: Using Book Clubs for Marketing
27 Jun 2020 Member Pro Workshop: He Said, She Said, Who Said?
24 Apr 2020 2020 Spring Conference
31 Oct 2019 2019 Beaufort Retreat
22 Jun 2019 SCWA Greenville Craft Workshop
27 Apr 2019 Columbia II Writing Workshop
26 Oct 2018 Pawleys Island Writers' Conference
27 Oct 2017 2017 "Big Dream" Conference
29 Oct 2016 2016 SCWA Writing Workshop Craft Builds Community
06 Jul 2016 Florence every Wednesday
26 May 2016 Beaufort 4th Thursday
25 May 2016 Bluffton 4th Wednesday
24 May 2016 Rock Hill 4th Tuesday
24 May 2016 Columbia III 4th Tuesday
23 May 2016 Greenville 4th Monday
21 May 2016 Surfside 3rd Saturday
19 May 2016 Camden 3rd Thursday
18 May 2016 Columbia I 3rd Wednesday
16 May 2016 Chapin/Irmo 3rd Monday
16 May 2016 Columbia II 3rd Monday
16 May 2016 Sumter 3rd Monday
11 May 2016 Bluffton 2nd Wednesday
10 May 2016 Aiken 2nd Tuesday
10 May 2016 Rock Hill 2nd Tuesday
10 May 2016 Columbia III 2nd Tuesday
09 May 2016 Greenville 2nd Monday
07 May 2016 Surfside 1st Saturday
04 May 2016 Columbia I 1st Wednesday
03 May 2016 Daniel Island 1st Tuesday
03 May 2016 Lexington every other Tuesday
02 May 2016 Camden 1st Monday
02 May 2016 Chapin/Irmo 1st Monday
02 May 2016 Columbia II 1st Monday
02 May 2016 Sumter 1st Monday
01 Mar 2016 Webinar #7 Plotting Essentials: Five things you have to know to plot your novel or short story” by Susan Breen
01 Mar 2016 Carrie McCray Writing Contest

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