The LILA board of directors has been hard at work for you the past several months, and now we’re excited to share news of some of these most recent labors of love!

LILA Approved for 501c3 Status!

YAY! It’s official: The Lowcountry Initiative for the Literary Arts has obtained its official recognition by the Internal Revenue Service as a 501c3 charitable organization. This means those generous donations our patrons make to LILA are tax deductible (as allowed by law) and that LILA has the opportunity to apply for grants for which we’d been previously ineligible.

Our sincere thanks to LILA executive board member Deborah Bernard and the law firm of Pratt-Thomas Walker for leading this charge!

On the Jam-Packed Calendar for Writers This Month!

If you’re a writer in the lowcountry, we have several events you’ll want to attend in March, including:

Circular Congregational Church of Charleston, 150 Meeting St, Charleston
March 17 – LILA Presents Newly Published Works Readings 6:30 pm8:00 pm
Circular Congregational Church of Charleston, 150 Meeting St, Charleston

March 19 – LILA Member Mixer at Muse! 5:00 – 7:00 p.m.
Muse Restaurant & Wine Bar, 82 Society Street, Charleston United StatesPubSense_logo

March 22-24 – PubSense Summit: Emerging Authors, Emerging Avenues
Francis Marion Hotel, 387 King St, Charleston
(LILA members use code WWW2015 to save 10% off Basic or VIP Registration)

LILA Outreach: In the Community

As part of LILA’s mission of outreach in bringing Charleston’s literary community together, we sponsor Writing Workshops for the men incarcerated at the Coastal Pre-Release Center on Leeds Avenue in North Charleston.

The Spring 2015 line-up of classes includes a three-week workshop in Poetry, taught by Mary Harris and a three-week Non-Fiction class titled Writing Your Own Life Stories, taught by Will Moredock.

Mary taught her first class last week. “The reception was filled with enthusiasm and hope from the men,” said Mary. “Hope that they could stay long enough to come to all classes, hope that they could bring someone else next week–expressed with hearty handshakes of thanks, initiated by them. we laughed, we wondered, we wrote, we furthered the cause…”

And, in late February, LILA board members Shari Stauch and Deb Bernard spent the day at the Women’s Conference in Charleston, attending sessions and running the LILA booth.

Said Shari, currently serving as LILA president, “It was a really enjoyable day! We had the opportunity to meet and speak with a lot of aspiring authors from around the lowcountry, and signed dozens up to receive news from LILA!”

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