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(Effective January 1, 2020 through March 31, 2021.) 

When you become a member of our writing family, you can meet and mingle with writers of every stripe: the young and youthfully-challenged, the novice and the well-versed, those who write for a living and those who dabble for fun. Take us for a test drive. The first three chapter meetings are free. See bottom of page for chapter meeting times and locations.

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Benefits of membership include:

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  • critique groups
  • chapter meetings
  • encouragement/accountability
  • practical advice from other writers
  • networking opportunities

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  • a link to your web page or blog on our website
  • a display of your published work on our website
  • discount rate for SCWA conference attendance
  • eligibility to compete in the anthology contest
  • The Quill – SCWA’s monthly newsletter


South Carolina Writers Association, 1219 Taylor Street, Columbia, SC 29201-2823

SCWA (formerly South Carolina Writers Workshop) is a literary arts 501(c)3 non-profit organization offering a supportive environment for people to become better writers and is supported in part by the South Carolina Arts Council.

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Upcoming events

    • 24 Apr 2020
    • 8:00 AM
    • 26 Apr 2020
    • 12:00 PM
    • 1101 Lincoln St Columbia, SC 29201
    • 161
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    2020 SCWA Spring Conference 

    SCWA invites you to participate in our 2020 Spring Conference held in wonderful Columbia, South Carolina. Learn in sessions focused on craft topics, genre specific workshops, tips and tools, and paths to publishing. Enjoy panel discussions with agents and editors, focused workshops led by SCWA member-leaders and professionals in the field and of course the traditional Slushfest. A Friday night reception begins the festivities. Saturday morning opens with a message from our keynote, award-winning author, Belle Boggs. An Open Mic event takes place Saturday night after a birthday party for SCWA. Optional morning fitness sessions like yoga and running bring the physical wellbeing into the writing practice. It’s a rich, personal, individual experience and it’s waiting for you in Columbia.

    WHEN: Friday, April 24th—Sunday, April 26th                                                               

    WHERE: Columbia, SC, Convention Center                

    CRITIQUES: Offered for additional fee                     

    $70/10 double-spaced pages                                                                               

    $650/100 double-spaced pages               

    MEALS: Friday hors d'oeuvres, Saturday breakfast and lunch, Sunday breakfast,   discount to Columbia Food & Wine Festival.

    TRAVEL & ACCOMMODATIONS: These are left to your discretion. We recommend the nearby hotels, Marriot at 1200 Hampton Street and Marriot Courtyard at 630 Assembly Street. Both currently have room blocks for SCWA.      

    AGENDA

    Friday, 4/24

    Afternoon

    Chapter Leaders Special Meeting

    Evening

    Art Gallery Cocktail Hour & Welcome Reception featuring conference faculty

    Saturday, 4/25

    Morning and Afternoon

    Keynote with Belle Boggs

    Workshops and Panels including:

    Keynote Workshop with Belle Boggs

    Fiction – Sasscer Hill “The Power of Setting in Your Story” and Amber Wheeler Bacon “Making Messes: How Character and Plot Thrive on Mistakes

    The Writer’s Life – Derek Berry “30 Tips to Develop Sustainable Creative Habits” and Michelle Buckman “Self Editing Dos and Don'ts”

    Marketing Your Published Work with Susan Sloate, John Jeter, and Alexia Paul

    And many more offered in four tracks: Fiction, Nonfiction, Publishing and Tips and Tools!

    Evening

    SCWA’s 30th Birthday Party featuring an Awards Ceremony for the 2020 Carrie McCray Awards in partnership with the South Carolina Academy of Authors 

    Sunday, 4/26

    Morning

    You CAN Build a Writing Career in South Carolina – Keynote speech by Ray McManus

    Slushfest with readers from Literary Journals, Publishers, and Agents

    A Conversation on the Opportunities for Writers in South Carolina – Jonathan Haupt of the Pat Conroy Literary Center with Ray McManus

    Afternoon

    Discounted tickets available for the Columbia Food & Wine Festival

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