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UpWriMo Upstate Writing Month: Spartanburg's Summer Literary Festival

USC Upstate's Division of Languages, Literature, and Composition, in partnership with the Spartanburg County Library, will host Upstate Writing Month (UpWriMo) in June of 2019.

UpWriMo will feature a series of readings, presentations, and workshops led by local and regional writers. Participants will explore topics such as songwriting, flash fiction, fantasy, screenwriting, grant writing, ecofiction, memoir, and more. Workshops will take place on Upstate's main campus and downtown location, at the Spartanburg County Library, and in local businesses and galleries.

Keynote events include South Carolina authors Cinelle Barnes, author of Monsoon Mansion: A Memoir, and Tessa Fontaine, author of The Electric Woman: A Memoir in Death-Defying Acts

photo portrait of Cinelle Barnes photo portrait of Tessa Fontaine

Look for updates on Twitter at #UpWriMo or contact Brock Adams at for more information.

  • Brock Adams, author of Ember (2017), is a senior instructor of English at USC Upstate and director of the Writing Center. Prof. Adams teaches flash fiction and apocalyptic fiction, and other creative writing and English composition courses. His first novel, published by Hub City Press, won the SC First Novel Award. He is currently working on a post-apocalyptic novel set in the aftermath of a zombie invasion. photo portrait of Brock Adams
    Dr. Beth Keefauverinstructor of English and Women's and Gender Studies Faculty Affiliate, teaches courses in environmental literature, freelance writing and editing, business writing, women's and gender studies, and English composition. She is the author both short fiction and creative nonfiction and memoirs, including "Lizard Girl," "Ripe Fruit," and "Aesthetics of Restraint: Reflections on Flash." photo portrait of Dr. Beth Keefauver
    Tasha Thomas, a USC Upstate alumna, is a senior instructor of English and director of the Spartanburg Writing Project. Professor Thomas works with K-12 students and teachers throughout the Upstate to inspire students to read, write, and explore their creative sides. Prof. Thomas teaches courses in Digital Storytelling, young adult literature, teaching with technology, English education, and English composition.  photo portrait of Tasha Thomas
  • Look for UpWriMo Events hosted at the following community locations: 

    • Spartanburg Public Library
    • Hatcher Garden and Woodland Preserve
    • Hub City Bookshop
    • Growler Haus