Virtual Events

2022 events calendar includes virtual and in-person programs

In 2022, SCWA will continue its successful virtual workshops and writing programs that will focus on writing craft and publishing. 

Starting in January, SCWA members will have free access to the popular Writing Conversations and Become an Author series and a new program called Writers' Studio. These will occur quarterly. 

SCWA also will introduce new paid programs at discounted member rates consisting of four-week, virtual, in-depth workshops focusing on topics such as novel writing, finding an agent, and indie marketing and bookselling.

Additional quarterly programs include free open mic sessions and paid in-person and virtual workshops to be held in locations across the state. Members also have access to up to 40 recorded writing workshops and events in the Member News section of the website.

Upcoming events

    • 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. 

    AUTHOR BIO

    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/


    • 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.

    • 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.

    • 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.

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