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Welcome to SWA!

Southeastern Writers Association is a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting writers across the southeast and farther, through access to education and training, peer support, and resources. Founded in 1975, our membership is comprised of a diverse group of writers from more than twelve Southern and Mid-Atlantic states who represent a variety of genres, styles, and levels of experience, but who are bound by a common passion for the written word. 

We invite you to browse our website to learn more about us, then consider joining us. Membership is only $35 per year and includes benefits such as: 


  • Discounts on training sessions and other events

  • A subscription to the Purple Pros, the SWA newsletter 

  • Publication and event announcements in the SWA newsletter

  • Publicity news updates on our website

  • Publicity web link for your website or blog

  • Book sales at the conference and events

  • Contest opportunities with cash prizes

  • Consultations with agents and editors at our conference

  • Access to "For Members Only" pages! – Writers resources including contests and publication opportunities!

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Southeastern Writers Association (SWA) Core Values


SWA is a not-for-profit association of authors, poets, columnists, and all others who are or aspire to be writers. Our members vary widely in age, experience, and success, from published authors, to novices taking their first steps into the world of writing.

Although our homes are scattered across the Southeast, we are a community of common interests and ideals. And whether we have met face-to-face, we are a family in every meaningful sense of the word.

Our core values can be summed up in four words:

  • Teach        

  • Share        

  • Encourage        

  • Family


SWA sponsors an annual writers’ workshop at Epworth by the Sea on St. Simon's Island in an intimate and comfortable atmosphere. 

SWA strives to provide quality instruction in various genres and markets at our annual writers’ workshop.


SWA is an inclusive community of writers: both those members who attend our annual conference and those who are unable to attend. 

SWA promotes networking and connectional opportunities both at our annual writers’ workshop and year round with each other and with our invited faculty.  


SWA encourages its members to help one another become better writers and  build their writing platforms in order to be successful.

SWA encourages the participation of all types of writers no matter their age, gender, background, or preferred genre.


SWA celebrates the successes of any member of its family of writers. SWA keeps our family of writers updated with important and engaging information via newsletter, website and social media.

SWA has been helping writers since 1975.

Become a sponsor for SWA and help us continue our mission.


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