DECKLE-EDGE-PROGRAMUpdate to last post — Come on out and join us this weekend in Columbia for the inaugural Deckle Edge Literary Festival! Click on the image at right to view the full program of weekend events!

The new Deckle Edge Literary Festival, happening in Columbia, SC February 18-21, 2016,  is offering plenty of talks for readers, PLUS an ambitious roster of writing workshops for poets and writers of all levels!

Workshops will begin on Friday morning of the festival and will be held throughout downtown Columbia including innovative locations such as Historic Columbia’s Woodrow Wilson House and a local hot-spot restaurant during closed operating hours.

Among the Deckle Edge Workshop Faculty are such favorite local authors as Ed Madden, Columbia’s Poet Laureate, James D. McCallister, author of Fellow Traveler and King’s Highway, Jane Gari, author of Losing the Dollhouse, author and writing coach, Cassie Premo-Steele, and LILA president and CEO of Where Writers Win, Shari Stauch. Additional faculty members include Paula Gail Benson, Susan Kammeraad-Campbell, and Jeanette Arvay Beck.

Enrollment for individual workshops ranges from $15 – $30 and tuition can be paid via Brown Paper Tickets, at, or at the festival, but enrollment is limited.

THE PRINCIPLE OF MINIMAL DEPARTURE: World Building in “Edgewater County”
Instructor: Don McCallister
Friday 10 – 11:30, USC Press Office, 1600 Hampton Street
Explore the construction of an interconnected and consistent fictional universe as understood through the concepts of minimal and maximum departure from ordinary reality. $30

Top 20 “Outside the Box” Book Marketing Ideas! How Thinking About Your Readers Will Sell More Books
Instructor: Shari Stauch
Friday 1 – 2 pm, Woodrow Wilson House
Learn how other authors have identified key marketing strategies to set themselves apart in an ever growing marketplace of books, and why shouting “Buy my book” isn’t enough anymore, with case studies of authors who went outside the box (and sometimes over the top!) to market their work. $30

Plotting Strategies for Short Stories, Novels, and Plays
Instructor: Paula Gail Benson
Friday 2 – 3, Woodrow Wilson House
Learn about a variety of models that have been proposed by experts and teachers like Christopher Vogler (The Writer’s Journey), James Scott Bell (Write Your Novel From the Middle), Blake Snyder (Save the Cat), and Paula Munier (Plot Perfect). $30

Writing Memoir: The Art of Editing Your Life
Instructor: S. Jane Gari
Saturday 9 – 10, Where: Bourbon Columbia
Explore techniques for finding their own stories and choosing the best gateways to their narratives. $30

Storyboard America
Instructor: Susan Kammeraad-Campbell
Saturday, 10:30 – 12, Bourbon   Columbia
Susan Kammeraad-Campbell, publisher and editor in chief of Joggling Board Press, takes the scary out of writing, offering pathways and creative tools to help you get to your own memories through your five senses and make you a better writer. $30

Social Media Savvy for Authors: Building an Author Platform Using the Best Social Sites for Your Audience
Instructor: Shari Stauch
Saturday, 12:30 – 2, Bourbon Columbia
earn the key social media sites they need to be on, tips for building an audience/following on sites including Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Goodreads, and Pinterest, as well as what to share and how often to share it. $30

Overcoming Creative Anxiety: 5 Steps to Jumpstart Your Writing & Remain Calm
Instructor: Cassie Premo-Steele
Sunday 9 – 10:15, Tapp’s Fountain Room
In this interactive workshop participants will learn practical techniques to reduce anxiety about all aspects of their writing: the brainstorm, draft, completion, revision, and submission process. Bring your journal and favorite pen and get ready to break through your blocks and fears so you can write with greater power and ease. $30

Shakespeare for the Pre-Teen (& Families!)
Instructor: Jeanette Arvay Beck
Sunday 10:30 – 12, Tapp’s Fountain Room
Participants will be able to say “I CAN DO SHAKESPEARE!” or at least relieve some of the “performance anxiety” sometimes associated with his name. $15 per person or $30 per family

Writing and Healing
Instructor: Ed Madden
Sunday 1 – 2:30, Historic Columbia’s Seibels House
In this workshop participants will be guided through a series of writing exercises focused on writing about difficult material, drawing on research related to writing and healing. $30

About Deckle Edge

The weekend-long Deckle Edge festival will feature readings, book signings, panel presentations, exhibitors, writers’ workshops, activities for children and young adult readers, and a wide range of other literary events for many interests and all ages. The Deckle Edge literary festival will gather and foster the diverse branches of our region’s literary community through an inclusive weekend of public events and programming for readers, writers, and lovers of the written word.

“This is Columbia’s literary festival,” said Deckle Edge co-chair Annie Boiter-Jolley, “but it’s also joining the larger conversation about literature of and in the South. We look forward to sharing our vision with writers and readers, and to hearing from them as to what Deckle Edge might become in future years.”

For more info contact Annie Boiter-Jolley or call 803.622.6874

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