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2019 Beaufort Writers Retreat


2019 Beaufort Writers Retreat

SCWA invites you to participate in its First Annual Fall Retreat held in beautiful Beaufort, South Carolina. Focus on craft with a full-day intensive writing workshop led by five literary masters. Enjoy the Pat Conroy Center Literary Festival and an evening with Mary Alice Monroe and Sally R. Murphy. We’ll be treated to focused workshops by SCWA member-leaders and of course the traditional Slushfest. A costume party reception tickles our CosPlay whimsy. A progressive Open Mic event takes advantage of First Friday Night fun. Yoga on the green and a sunrise run through the streets of Beaufort bring the physical wellbeing into the writing practice. It’s a rich, personal, individual experience and it’s waiting for you in Beaufort.

Tentative Schedule of Events

Thursday, October 31
6:30 p.m.: Welcome Reception & Literary Costume Party at the Pat Conroy Literary Center, Beaufort, S.C.

Friday, November 1
9 a.m.–4 p.m.: Writing-Intensive Groups led by 5 stellar faculty:
Megan Mayhew Bergman, short story author & novelist
Jon Pineda, poet, novelist, & memoirist
Dana Ridenour, crime novelist & former FBI agent
Jason Ryan, creative nonfiction author & journalist
Cassie Primo Steele, memoirist

6 p.m.–10 p.m.: Progressive Open Mic & First Friday in downtown Beaufort

Saturday, November 2
8:30 a.m.: Mindfulness & Yoga on the Green in downtown Beaufort

10:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.: Pat Conroy Literary Festival events & independent study time

7:00-8:30 p.m. An Evening with Mary Alice Monroe and Sally R. Murphy at the Technical College of the Lowcountry, part of the Pat Conroy Literary Festival

Sunday, November 3
9:00 a.m.–9:50 a.m. SCWA Member Expert Workshop led by Amber Wheeler Bacon, President SCWA, “Repeat, Repeat, Evolve: Structuring the Novel”

10:00 a.m.–10:50 a.m. SCWA Member Expert Workshop led by Stephanie Edwards, Chapter President Beaufort, “Creative Organization for Writers”

11:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m. Slushfest with a panel of readers for literary journals, publishers, and agents

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