The Quill/February – 2017

South Carolina Writers Association Newsletter


*****In this issue*****

Special Interest - “Pipelining Productivity” by Ray Foy

Announcements & the “Big Dream”

Member Chatter



Special Interest Editorial

by SCWA Member Ray Foy

Writer’s write, we are told, and I have to agree. They also, however, produce, which is the mark of a professional writer and a common stumbling block for the “wannabe.” That problem of production usually takes the form of “How do I find the time to write the stories and articles I have in mind?” I’ve struggled with this too, and I think the answer lies in structure and strategy.

Structure is simply the discipline of making your day allow writing time. We hear this a lot and it’s true. You must dedicate a regular time to writing and stick with it. Like going to the gym, it’s something we can do if we set the goal of achieving a certain level of performance—like being fit or producing essays, articles, and stories. I have found that the very early morning works as my committed time both for writing and for my work-outs. I have never been a “morning person” but I became one through sheer discipline and it has made all the difference. For more on that subject, I refer you to The Miracle Morning for Writers by Hal Elrod and Steve Scott.

The strategy part of my writing is a concept I borrowed from Information Technology (”IT,” my day job). It concerns the movement of program instructions from memory to the central processing unit (CPU). As originally conceived it was slow (get an instruction, process it, get another). To speed things up, computer scientists designed an architecture that fed parts of multiple instructions to the CPU in the same time previously spent on one. The result was more instructions “feeding the pipeline” for a given time span and so increasing overall processing speed.

I apply the same concept to writing. I assign my writing projects to categories that describe their status: Developing (my “idea” file), Drafting (in the process of being written/revised), and Finishing (final tasks to be readied for publication). My writing work is now the process of feeding the pipeline.

Every “miracle” morning, I decide if I want to develop, draft, or finish. Goals and deadlines influence my decision, but I’ve found that if I stay active in each category my projects move through the pipeline. I accomplish something

This idea of breaking up writing work this way is not original with me. I came across it in my reading (though I can’t remember the source) and it struck a chord. My IT background made the pipelining association.

I have often found that simply looking at an issue from a different perspective can make a huge difference. It can make a stubborn problem appear solvable. Pipelining my writing and working early-mornings has taken me from agonizing over “not writing,” to producing.




In addition to writing this month’s Special Interest Feature, Ray shared what may make 

The Quill even more valuable to the our SCWA members. 

Writing reviews on writing-oriented books.


If our chapter leaders could explore this idea with their members, perhaps we could additionally venture into genres!  Please respond with your thoughts to 




The 10th Anniversary Issue, 2016/2017 “The Petigru Review”

 is available on Amazon.

The Petigru Review is a literary journal sponsored by the

South Carolina Writers Association.


Kakalak 2017

Just around the corner! March 1 opens the submission period for Kakalak 2017. A NEW eligibility consideration for this year - submissions are no longer limited to NC and SC residents. If you live outside the Carolinas but have a poem or photo about these beautiful states, you are now eligible to submit! 

Visit for all the submission guidelines.



South Carolina Writers Association’s



The South Carolina Writers Association is proud to announce our annual conference, affectionately named THE ‘BIG DREAM’ CONFERENCE because writers are given the chance to dream big and enjoy a weekend writing retreat while meeting well-established and successful authors, editors and agents. We have even worked in some free time to read, write, and walk the beach.---------------


Plan to spend from Friday October 27 through Sunday October 29 at the Litchfield Beach & Golf Resort, 14276 Ocean Hwy, Pawley’s Island, SC 29585. Their phone number is (800) 344-0982. Registration for the conference does not reserve a room for you—this is something you must do and pay for separately.


A weekend full of exciting, inspiring, creative, jumpstarts to ‘YOUR’ writing while networking with writing buddies old and new. We even scheduled some free time to enjoy the beach.

The weekend begins with a Friday evening reception dinner with keynote speaker TBA and The Petigru Review launch party featuring readings by Carrie McCray Memorial Literary Award winners and announcement of Pushcart Prize nominees.

On Saturday, choose five (5) of fifteen (15) possible classes with a few hours to enjoy a leisurely buffet lunch while networking with seasoned professionals in the industry. Saturday concludes with a panel discussion followed by an ‘Open Mic Night’ on the deck outside of Webster’s Restaurant available to all participants (weather contingency plan provided).

Sunday morning brings our annual open board meeting followed by a closing panel discussion with door prizes and silent auction basket winners announced at the close.


About the Tri-County Literary Celebration

We are excited to announce that the 3rd Annual Tri-County Literary Celebration will return to beautiful Old Santee Canal Park in Moncks Corner, SC on March 4th, 2017. Come meet local authors, explore the collections of local publishers, and hear local stories.

In its third year, this amazing community event continues to grow with even more festivities including: storytellers, publishers, local authors, and new this year, literacy educators and supporters from the community. You may even see one of your favorite literary characters make an appearance. We are also bringing in new partners such as Help Me Grow South Carolina for their Read Rattle & Roll event and Joggling Board Press for their Storyboard America Workshops.

The event is FREE to the public, and the published works of local authors will be available for purchase. Some authors may be able to accept credit cards, but cash is recommended.

The event is a collaboration with several community partners: The Berkeley County Library System, Berkeley County School District, Berkeley Chamber of Commerce, Old Santee Canal Park, and Cypress Gardens. The inaugural TLC event drew in more than 50 local authors and 1,000 attendees in 2015. The 2nd event hosted over 80 authors and publishers! To view photos from 2015 year’s event, click here.

For more information, please contact:

Kristen Lanier, BCLS Marketing and PR Coordinator



Deckle Edge,” is not just the name of a festival, it’s a term used for “Paper with a feathered edge, in contrast to a cut edge.”  (Once again, thank you Wikipedia)

Deckle Edge Festival – February 24-26, 2017

What is the Deckle Edge Festival?

 “The second Deckle Edge Literary Festival will be held February 24-26, 2017, in Columbia, South Carolina. The weekend-long festival will feature readings, book signings, panel presentations, exhibitors, writers’ workshops, activities for children and young adult readers, and a wide range of other literary events for many interests and all ages. The Deckle Edge literary festival will gather and foster the diverse branches of our region’s literary community through an inclusive weekend of public events and programming for readers, writers, and lovers of the written word.”



Please join the SCWA Board in welcoming our newest board members-

Amber Bacon

Sue Cryer

Ed Hall, M. Ed

Adrienne Matheus






Camden Writers published What I Wish I Could Tell You, their second collection of stories, poetry and recipes, in November 2016. Their first collection, Serving Up Memory, was published in October 2014. Both books are available from Amazon, , Books on Broad in Camden and The Elephant Ear in Sumter.





Columbia II:

Bonnie Stanard’s poem “Mother Tongue” has been accepted for publication in the May issue of Slant, an annual publication of the University of Central Arkansas. It’s a print copy, distributed by subscription, and is $10 (


Laura Valtorta “My film, "Disaster Man," was screened at the Snowtown Film Festival on January 28, 2017 in my hometown -- Watertown, N.Y. Guest speaker Viggo Mortensen is also a native of Watertown.”



Florence:  Florence Writers Group member Robert McCready received his MFA from Queens University of Charlotte in January. Congratulations Robert!


Greenville: Upcoming book releases for David Burnsworth

March 28 - Blu Heat (Blu Carraway/Brack Pelton Mystery novella),  April 25 - Big City Heat (Brack Pelton Mystery, Book 3),  September 12 - In It For the Money (Blu Carraway Mystery, Book 1)

Barbara V. Evers: Can I Deduct That? Some Tips for Writers


In Closing-

It’s also be brought to my attention that many of our members are missing the “Creative,” entries that many newsletters encourage!  Please write me at to let me know if you feel this is an avenue that should be re-pursued.


Respectfully, Joyfully and Tardily Submitted by –


Evelyn Eickmeyer-Quiñones, Quill Editor