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    • 27 Jan 2022
    • 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
    • Zoom
    • 4
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    WRITING SOUND AND SILENCE 

    “Imagery” is the term we use to define description that appeals to the senses—and the visual image is often the first go-to when we’re setting a scene or introducing a character. Sounds and voices, music and silences often come secondarily—and this kind of imagery can foreshadow or introduce change, disruption, and/or instability. Sounds and silences help us as writers describe movement, whether physical, intellectual, or emotional. But how can we describe sounds and silences in ways that affect the reader? In this workshop, we will analyze examples of atmospheric sounds, voices, music, and different qualities of silence; consider how sounds and silences can serve as inspiration; and develop strategies for encapsulating sounds and silences in our writing.  

    Jennifer Solheim is the associate director of the BookEnds novel revision fellowship of Southampton Arts at StonyBrook University, and a Contributing Editor at Fiction Writers Review. Her short stories and essays have appeared in the Bellevue Literary Review, the Los Angeles Review of Books, The Pinch, and Poets & Writers. She is the author of The Performance of Listening in Postcolonial Francophone Literature (2018, Liverpool University Press), and holds a PhD in French from the University of Michigan and an MFA in fiction from the Bennington Writing Seminars.

    Sounds and Silences Handout.pdf

    • 01 Feb 2022
    • 22 Feb 2022
    • 4 sessions
    • Zoom
    • 0
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    Herman Melville compared writing a novel to building a cathedral. Virginia Woolf described it as digging caves—at a certain point, the caves would connect, and daylight would finally appear. But how do we know where to dig? And how do we get from that first stone, or idea, to the cathedrals of our novels?

    In this workshop, we’ll try out some exercises and explore strategies for drafting and outlining. As part of our discussions, we’ll touch on narrative promises, structuring scenes and chapters for momentum, and revision tools used by well-known contemporary novelists. This will be an interactive series of four, two-hour classes. Bring your novel-in-progress—and your struggles and triumphs while writing it. If you’re just starting, that’s great, too. There’s something here for everyone, no matter where you are in your novel-writing journey.

    WEEK 1: Characters & Conflict

    Our first week together, we’ll look at creating dynamic characters by digging up their wants and fears, and we’ll uncover conflict and tension between players. We'll look at select novel excerpts and movie clips as examples and do some targeted character development exercises to explore these concepts.  

    WEEK 2: Setting & Character

    In our second week, we’ll go beyond polishing descriptions of lawns and grungy train yards to look at how setting can be thought of as an amplifier of character. Used well, your setting will add complexity and urgency to characters’ choices and their interactions. Using mapping exercises and select novel excerpts and movie clips, we’ll look at how to create fictive dimensions that support and intensify your novel’s plot.

    WEEK 3: Building Plot through Action

    Who a character is, what they want, and where they are in the world are the foundation stones of your plot. Plot is built up from what your characters do (or don’t do), and what happens next—actions and consequences. In the third week, we’ll explore how to let a character’s actions lead to towering, complex situations, and lay some scaffolding for talking about pacing and narrative arcs while we’re at it.

    WEEK 4: Novel Structures

    Even if you know your characters well, have forced them to take action and deal with the consequences, you might still be feeling around in the dark for the right shape for your novel. Should you be blazing a deceptively simple-looking trail from point A to point B? Or walking backwards along that trail, from B to A? How many timelines are involved? Is there one POV character? Are there TEN? As anyone who has ever cracked open at least two books has found, structure is not one size fits all. There are nearly infinite possible structures for your novel. In our final week together, we’ll face the shape-shifter that is novel structure. We’ll discuss how the engine of a story, what’s driving it forward, might help you understand its true shape. We’ll also look at tricks for diagnosing and fixing issues of balance and order in revision.

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    Amber Wheeler Bacon is a writer, editor and teacher whose work has appeared in CrazyhorseEpiphanyFive Points and Witness, and you can find her writing online at CRAFTFiction Writer’s Review and Ploughshares. She is the recipient of the 2018 Breakout Writers Prize sponsored by The Author’s Guild and a scholarship from Bread Loaf Environmental. In 2020, her story collection 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 has an MFA from the Bennington Writing Seminars and is on the board of directors of the South Carolina Writers Association. She's been a staff reader at Ploughshares, a fiction editor at Four Way Review, and is currently a daily editor at the Southern Review of BooksShe teaches English at Coastal Carolina University and is represented by Amy Bishop at Dystel, Goderich & Bourret.

    Amelia Brown holds an MFA in fiction from the Bennington Writing Seminars, where she received the Barry Hanna Scholarship. Her writing has been published in Four Way ReviewMasters Review, CRAFT Literary, Full Stop, and the Ploughshares blog. A short story of hers received honorable mention in the Glimmer Train Award for New Writers contest, and another was a finalist for the Fairy Tale Review’s 2017 contest. She attended the 2021 Bread Loaf Environmental Writers’ conference and works in the rights department at Charlesbridge Publishing in Boston. 

    Zoom link provided upon registration.

    • 15 Feb 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.


    • 17 Feb 2022
    • 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
    • Zoom Room
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    Join us for virtual shared writing time in the SCWA Zoom room, where we’ll introduce a craft concept or a writing prompt, spend some time writing together with an opportunity to share at the end. These sessions are meant to develop member writing practices and help members stay accountable to their goals. 

    Zoom link provided upon registration.

    • 15 Mar 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 Apr 2022
    • 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
    • zoom
    • 100
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    This week, we welcome special guest, Angelique Stevens, who will discuss creating dynamic prose from recollections of past events. Whether you write fiction or nonfiction, poetry or prose, you won't want to miss Angelique! 

    Angelique Stevens, Haudenosaunee, lives in Upstate New York where she teaches creative writing, literature of genocide, and race literatures. Her nonfiction can be found in LitHubThe New England ReviewThe Chattahoochee Review, and a number of anthologies. Her essay, “Ghost Bread,” won the Prism International Creative Nonfiction Contest judged by Alexander Chee. She won the grand prize for the Solas Award in 2019; and her essay “Remember the Earth” was short-listed for Booth’s Non-Fiction Prize and published in Booth 13: Nonfiction Prize Issue a Special Issue which was selected as a Notable in The Best American Essays 2020. She holds an MFA in Creative Nonfiction from Bennington College and an MA from SUNY Brockport in Literature. Her other honors include an alumni fellowship from Bennington College’s MFA Program; fellowships from Bread Loaf, Tin House, Sewanee, and Kenyon Review Writers Workshops; a fellowship to the inaugural cohort of the Periplus Collective; and a fellowship to The Lighthouse Writers Book Project. She is a founding member of the Straw Mat Writers Group and she is a member of the Board of Directors of Water for South Sudan. She is currently writing a memoir about her experiences growing up in New York State. She finds her inspiration in wandering—being in places that push the boundaries of comfort, experience, knowledge, and hunger. She is represented by Stephanie Delman at Trellis Literary Management. 

    • 14 Apr 2022
    • 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
    • zoom
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    Join us as we discuss Rena's path to publishing over a ten year period, bringing four books into the world, with more on the way!

    Rena J. Mosteirin owns Left Bank Books and teaches poetry at Dartmouth College in the Master of Arts in Liberal Studies program. She's published three books of poetry, Experiment 116 exploring Sharkespeare's famous sonnet, translations, and google; Moonbit, a hybrid work of experimental poetry and critical theory written with her spouse, James Dobson; half fabulous whales, a book of erasure poetry; and the novella, Nick Trail's Thumb, winner of the Kore Press Short Fiction Award chosen by Lydia Davis. She loves the formal language of poetry and sees many connections between the languages of computer programming and more traditional formal poetics. 

    Rena is using Twitter in an attempt to build a line-a-day relationship with the Great American Novel: Herman Melville's Moby-Dick. This project is estimated to take somewhere between twenty and thirty years, most likely outlasting the popularity of Twitter itself.

    She is a graduate of Dartmouth College (AB) and the Writing Seminars at Bennington College (MFA). Mosteirin's father is from Cuba and her mother's family is from Gottschee, a region of Slovenia. 

    • 23 Apr 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. 


    • 17 May 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 Jun 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.


    • 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. 


    • 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.


    • 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.


    • 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

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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