South Carolina Writers Association Fall Retreat

The South Carolina Writers Association will host their first annual Fall Retreat in Beaufort on October 31 – November 3, 2019. Five literary masters will lead a full-day intensive writing workshop, along with other events. SC Humanities helped support this program with a Mini Grant.

Established in 1990, the South Carolina Writers Association is a literary arts organization serving both new and established writers. The purpose of the Fall Retreat is to provide South Carolina writers with writing skills development in an immersive, “learn, write, learn” approach. The Retreat will be held in conjunction with the Pat Conroy Literary Festival to broaden attendees’ exposure to multiple literary offerings at low cost.

The Fall Retreat will kick off with a welcome reception and literary costume party on Thursday, October 31. Friday, November 1 will feature writing intensive groups led by five stellar faculty members from 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. On Saturday, November 2, the retreat will offer a “Mindfulness and Yoga” event in the morning and independent study time throughout the day along with the Conroy Festival events. Finally, on Sunday, November 3, there will be several more workshops and a “slushfest” with a panel of readers for literary journals, publishers, and agents.

The featured faculty are:

  • Judy Goldman, memoirist
  • 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

For more information about the South Carolina Writers Association or to register for the Fall Retreat, visit the website at

The mission of SC Humanities is to enrich the cultural and intellectual lives of all South Carolinians. Established in 1973, this 501(c) 3 organization is governed by a volunteer 20-member Board of Directors comprised of community leaders from throughout the state. It presents and/or supports literary initiatives, lectures, exhibits, festivals, publications, oral history projects, videos and other humanities-based experiences that directly or indirectly reach more than 250,000 citizens annually.