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Camden writers celebrate accomplishments

Posted: May 17, 2012 5:37 p.m.
Updated: May 18, 2012 5:00 a.m.

This has been a busy year for the Camden Chapter of the South Carolina Writers Workshop. Formed six years ago by Lauren Allen and Kathryn Etters Lovatt, the group now has 14 members, and this year several members have received honors and awards. Their work also has appeared in a number of publications.

Douglas Wyant, president of the Camden Chapter, was recently selected as the first SCWW Scott Lax Wildacres Scholarship recipient. The scholarship provides a week-long writing workshop with small classes led by professional writers at Wildacres in the Blue Ridge Mountains. Named in honor of Scott Lax, a former Wildacres Writers Workshop faculty member, the scholarship is made possible by an anonymous donor. In addition, Wyant received a first place Carrie McCray Memorial Literary Award for non-fiction in 2009.

Charter members Allen and Lovatt received coveted McCray awards in 2011. Allen, currently enrolled in the University of South Carolina’s MFA program in Creative Writing, won two first place Carrie McCray Awards (poetry and nonfiction) at SCWW’s annual conference, and Lovatt accepted her third first place McCray Award in fiction. Most recently, Lovatt’s work has appeared in Petigru Review, Main Street Rag, Magnolia Quarterly and MoonShine Review. Both her poetry and fiction have been nominated for Pushcart Prizes.

Other members of the Camden writers’ group also have been active as SCWW leaders. Poet Martha Greenway continues to serve on the SCWW Board of Directors, and for the past two years, she had co-chaired the organization’s contests committee.

Since Jayne Bowers became a member last year, her articles and stories have appeared in Guideposts, The Petigru Review and two LDS magazines, Liahona and Ensign. This month her new book applying psychological principles to women in the Bible, Eve’s Sisters, was published.

Since becoming a member of the Camden Chapter, Paddy Bell published her work in The Petigru Review as well as receiving a prize from the Carolina Chapter of the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators for the children’s story, “Wednesday’s Words.”

Brenda Remmes has not only published both poetry and fiction in The Petigru Review, but she also has signed a contract with Penguin/Viking for the publication of her novel in 2013.

Artist and writer Bobbi Adams has had two oils on linen accepted into the permanent collection at the Florence Museum of Art. Her article on Spring wildflowers, entitled “Ephemera,” was published in the April issue of And So Forth, a journal of the Midlands Master Gardeners Association.

Established in 1960, South Carolina Writers Workshop is a literary arts organization serving both new and established writers. The Camden Chapter meets twice monthly, providing morning and evening opportunities to participate in critique sessions.

For more information, contact Douglas Wyant at douglas.wyant@att.net or 425-6632.

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