Spartanburg Writing Project Announces New Date for Writing Workshop

March 17, 2015 at 9:08 am

The Spartanburg Writing Project (SWP) at the University of South Carolina Upstate will host its spring conference from 3:30 – 6:30 p.m. Thursday, March 19, 2015 in the Health Education Complex, JM Smith Boardroom.

The program “One Winter’s Eve: An Afternoon of Inspiration” will feature a reading and discussion by Appalachian author Ron Rash, the award-winning author of “Serena” and “One Foot in Eden,” followed by a selection of writing workshop sessions including poetry, fiction, nonfiction and self-publishing, conducted by local authors.

Whether you are a teacher of writing, a lover of Southern Literature, or an aspiring writer yourself, this event will be a great place to meet local authors and find some inspiration for your own work!

Writing workshop topics will include poetry, blogging, historical fiction, flash fiction, novel writing, and self-publishing.

Rash, a two-time recipient of the O. Henry Prize, will read from his new story collection, “Something Rich and Strange,” at 4:15 p.m. as part of Authors@Upstate.

Rash also is the author of the New York Times bestselling novel “The Cove,” “Saints at the River,” and “The World Made Straight.” Rash has also written four collections of poems and four collections of stories including “Something Rich and Strange,” “Nothing Gold Can Stay.” He won the Frank O’Connor International Short Story Award for the collection “Burning Bright” and was named a finalist for the PEN/Faulkner Award for “Chemistry and Other Stories.” In addition to his writing, Rash also teaches at Western Carolina University.

The event is open to all public. Registration forms are available at or by e-mailing Tasha Thomas at

For more information, contact Thomas, director of the Spartanburg Writing Project, at (864) 503-5653 or