Any Full Conference Registration INCLUDES all events, workshops, seminars, receptions.  There are other writing conferences in the Southeast, but most happen in the winter, and many are 25% more expensive (and up) and don’t provide such a welcoming experience.  Check out our reviews and our feedback from past attendees (see testimonials)–this place is special–and we love what we have built!


A la carte options are also available for those who wish to pick which events they would like to attend, but who are not planning on staying. Seminars and personal consultations are both $45 per event. A la carte offerings (except Agent/Editor One on One consultations) are included with full conference registration fees paid.


Please note: we can offer no full refunds after April 1st, 2018, and there will be a $100 processing fee for any full tuition cancellations (to cover costs) prior to that date.


Key Terms for our conference:

A WORKSHOP is a seminar-style group session where professional faculty will lead critiques of each attendees manuscript.  Each attendee will be expected to come prepared with their own critique, ready to discuss, ready to actively give feedback and advice.

A CRAFT SEMINAR generally has a question and answer period after a lecture on specific craft strategies, which are presented to the group in a seminar format.

RECEPTIONS are free to all scholars, fellows, full-pay attendees, and include snacks and beverages.

READINGS are generally an hour in length, and are a place to celebrate everyone’s work! These are free and open to the public.


Scholarship & Fellowship applications for the 2018 conference are open! Stay tuned for our full announcement of Visiting Writers (this year we have Beth Ann Fennelly, Tom Franklin, Jill McCorkle, Jennine Capo Crucet, and are adding more)! In the past, we have had Andre Dubus III, Antonya Nelson, Chris Offutt, Jacqueline Mitchard, and Elizabeth Stuckey-French, and our new Faculty will impress.

In the past, we have had Andre Dubus III, Antonya Nelson, Chris Offutt, Jacqueline Mitchard, and Elizabeth Stuckey-French, and our new Faculty will impress (see Alumni tab for more).


To apply for a Fellowship/Scholarship, select from the following:

Fellowship (for those with at least one published book),

Scholarship (for those actively publishing, without a book),

Veteran’s Scholarship (open genre, must have some publications and be a current or former member of the Armed Services).



This year, we offer TWO Fiction Fellowships, ONE Poetry Fellowship, as well as ONE CNF/Fiction Scholarship, and ONE Scholarship for Veterans and ONE Scholarship for a Writer of Color.  Click on the appropriate link above and apply today!


Our fellowship/scholarship selection procedures follow the CLMP Contest Code of Ethics:

CLMP’s community of independent literary publishers believe that ethical contests serve our shared goal: to connect writers and readers by publishing exceptional writing. We believe that intent to act ethically, clarity of guidelines, and transparency of process form the foundation of an ethical contest. To that end, we agree to 1) conduct our contests as ethically as possible and to address any unethical behavior on the part of our readers, judges, or editors; 2) to provide clear and specific contest guidelines — defining conflict of interest for all parties involved; and 3) to make the mechanics of our selection process available to the public. This Code recognizes that different contest models produce different results, but that each model can be run ethically. We have adopted this Code to reinforce our integrity and dedication as a publishing community and to ensure that our contests contribute to a vibrant literary heritage.

SWC Financial Aid selection process:
Round one of judging: creative pieces are blind read by anonymous readers (these change every year) who are asked only to score manuscripts.

Final round: professionals blind-score finalists in each genre. Faculty and directors are not a part of the selection process, and the composite scores from selected professional readers are the sole evaluative tool for selection, and CV/resume are used only to confirm winner eligibility.

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