South Carolina Writers’ Workshop Will Offer Writing Classes at the 2015 SC Book Festival

The South Carolina Writers’ Workshop will partner with the SCBook Festival to offer a special track of writing classes on Sunday, May 17, 2015 as part of the 19th annual SCBook Festival.

With one million new book titles available each year, will anyone besides your mother read a novel you write? Crafting a novel requires much more than stringing a bunch of correctly spelled words together into grammatically correct sentences. Do you know why the following examples violate the basic guidelines for writing novels?


I stared at Joel, who daydreamed about his third ex-girlfriend. (Point of View)


Jill was sad. (Show Don’t Tell)


“Ha, ha,” Tom said amusingly. (Adverbs)


Abraham Lincoln and vampires. (Genre. Oops, sometimes people break the rules and get away with it but you’d have better odds playing Power Ball.)


The members of South Carolina Writers Workshop don’t have all the answers. If we did, we would all be New York Times best-selling authors. We are ordinary people who band together to advise each other how to write better stories and to encourage each other to continue writing.

Join us Sunday afternoon from 12:30 to 5:00 in the Carolina Meeting Room A at the South Carolina Book Festival when some of our more experienced SCWW members will advise budding writers how to improve the odds in the weird and wonderful world of writing! (Too much alliteration. Avoid exclamation points.)

Schedule of classes:

Sunday, May 17, 2015
12:30 – 1:20 p.m.

Carolina Meeting Room A
Faculty: Kim Boykin and Brenda Remmes

Sunday, May 17, 2015
1:40 – 2:30 p.m.

Carolina Meeting Room A
Faculty: Barbara Evers and Kasie Whitener

Sunday, May 17, 2015
2:50 – 3:40 p.m.
Carolina Meeting Room A
Faculty: Susan Boyer, David Burnsworth, and Mike Long

Sunday, May 17, 2015
4:00 – 4:50 p.m.

Carolina Meeting Room A
**If you would like to participate in the Slush Fest, bring one printed copy of the first page of a novel to be shared with the instructors and participants.

About South Carolina Writers’ Workshop: SCWW was founded in 1990 to develop, administer, and operate programs designed to foster and improve the writing talents of its members and the literary arts communities of South Carolina and to provide a creative environment in which its members can present manuscripts for critique.


Since 1990, SCWW has presented an annual conference that has grown to national recognition, helping a number of its members to realize their dream of publication. In addition, SCWW produces a yearly anthology, The Petigru Review, exclusive to member submissions, as well as offering the annual Carrie McCray Memorial Literary Awards contest, named for one of its founding members. Please visit the website to learn more about these features.

Local SCWW chapters offer regular opportunities for members to come together to share their work for the purpose of improvement through critique. Each chapter has its own personality, but all offer a place for constructive feedback for writers. Currently there are 19 chapters throughout the state. Please visit to find a location and meeting time that suits your needs. Click on the Chapter Leader’s name to email specific inquiries about any chapter.