Sponsors & Partners

The SCAA induction weekend is sponsored in part by:

SC Arts Commission

The Pat Conroy Literary Center 

One Columbia

The South Carolina Center for Oral Narrative

To become a sponsor and support the 2018 induction weekend and the SCAA’s year-round educational mission, please consider making a tax-deductible donation by clicking here.  Thank you.

The Board of Governors of the South Carolina Academy of Authors wishes to thank the following for their generous support.

 PARTNERS ($1000 and above)

The South Carolina Arts Commission

South Carolina Humanities

The Penelope Coker Hall/Eliza Wilson Ingle Fund of Central Carolina Community Foundation

PATRONS ($500–$999)

SUSTAINERS ($300–$499)

Harriet McDougal Rigney

Reece Williams

Sleep in History – Erica and John Dickerson

Wilson W. Farrell Sr., WWF-CKF Charitable Giving Fund (in honor of Thomas L. Johnson)

STEWARDS ($100–$299)

Elizabeth Bernardin

Mike and Buffy Berry

Oliver Bowman and Robert Sauers

Claudia Smith Brinson

Lesley M. (Lee) Coggiola

Cassandra King Conroy

Gayle B. Edwards (in honor of Marybeth Evans and Jill Hendrix)

Veronica Gerald

Ellen E. Hyatt

Charles M. Israel

Thomas L. Johnson

Jo Koster

Valinda Littlefield

Tom Mack and Michael Budd

Ray McManus

Betsy Teter and John Lane

Jennifer Thomas and Jeff Baggett

Daniel Cross Turner

Jon and Cheryl Tuttle

Trish Ward


Marybeth Evans

Kendra Hamilton




$55 for individual (includes reception on the 26th, buffet meal, and ceremony)
$100 for couple (includes reception on the 26th, buffet meal, and ceremony for you and guest)
$15 for Sunday brunch (individual)
Tickets can be purchased online here

​If you cannot attend, please consider making a donation as an option.
Checks are also accepted. Please indicate on the memo line: number of tickets requested or donation.
Checks should be made payable to SC Academy of Authors and mailed to:
The SC Academy of Authors
701 Gervais Street
Suite 150-195
Columbia, SC 29201

All ticket proceeds and donations fund events such as the induction ceremony and future educational programing by the Academy. 

2019 South Carolina Academy of Authors Induction Weekend

​Join us on April 26-28, 2019, as we induct Elise Blackwell, Walter Edgar, Kathleen Parker, and Starkey Flythe into the South Carolina Academy of Authors for their outstanding literary contributions to our state.

April 26, 2019
Reception and An Evening with Starkey: A Gathering of Friends Reading Selections from His Works. Spigner House

915 Greg Street

Columbia, South Carolina 29201

6:30-7:30 reception
7:30-8:30 reading

April 27, 2019
Induction Ceremony and Dinner
The Carolina Room at Capstone Conference Center
University of South Carolina
April 28, 2019
Brunch honoring the 2019 winners of the Coker and McCray Nickens Fellowships and Student Prizes
The Inn at USC
1619 Pendleton Street
Columbia, South Carolina 29201

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Mailing address: 701 Gervais Street, Suite 150-195, Columbia, SC 29201

Things to Do
Whether you come to Columbia early Saturday or stay the whole weekend, there are many things to do in the Capital City. Some activities are free, such as the Soda City Market or the statehouse grounds. Some places may charge a modest admission fee.

There are several hotels in the area within walking distance or a short drive from Capstone at USC.
Inn at USC
Courtyard by Marriott Columbia Downtown at USC
Hilton Columbia Center - Hotel
Hotel Trundle
Hyatt Place Columbia/Downtown/Vista
Sheraton Columbia Downtown Hotel

There are several ways to get around Columbia. Most hotels offer shuttle services.
If you’d like drive around and explore Columbia, there are a variety of metered parking garages and parking spaces downtown. Click Here for More about Parking.
If you would like to explore more of Columbia without driving, there are services around the city that will gladly accommodate such as: UBER, LYFT, and Capital City Cab. There is also The Comet (Central Midlands Transit): 

In and Around Columbia
Here are just some places and events you can explore on Saturdays.
Soda City Market
Columbia Museum of Art
South Carolina State Museum
Riverbanks Zoo and Garden
Historic Columbia
McKissick Museum
The Nickelodeon


There are numerous places around Columbia that are sure to delight any taste – too many places to list here. Click Here and search categories from barbecue to vegan, burgers to fine dining, and coffee shops to breweries.