PLEASE JOIN US on May 6th, from 5:00-7:00 p.m. in The Sharpe Room at Circular Church, 150 Meeting St., Charleston for a LILA (Lowcountry Initiative for the Literary Arts) Open House, to be held in conjunction with Lowcountry Arts Day to Raise Funds for TriCounty Arts Organizations.

This fabulous informal reception will clue you in to all the fun coming up with LILA! Board members will be on-hand to discuss the new Write Charleston! programs which include a Reading Series and a Writing Workshops program. We look forward to meeting current and potential new members to talk about writing groups, poets-in-the-schools and writing-in-the-prisons program, and other community based writing programs like Poetry Out Loud. Light refreshments will be served.


May 6 is Lowcountry Arts Day and LILA will be accepting donations on May 6 (12:01am to 11:59pm) via the Charleston Regional Alliance for the Arts, in partnership with the Coastal Community Foundation, who will facilitate Lowcountry Arts Day.

We are seeking funding for our new Poetry Prison-Writing program and want to expand and continue our poets-in-the-schools workshops. As we continue to grow and expand our efforts, in many literary endeavors, we are also seeking non-profit status and searching for an Executive Director.


Donors will be able to access an online giving portal through our website or directly via  LILA will receive 100% of the donation given towards its future endeavors on this one day, May 6, if made via Credit or Debit card. By making your donation through the Charleston Regional Alliance for the Arts (our fiscal agent), your gift is fully tax-deductible as allowed by law.

Attendees at the LILA Day of Giving Reception and New Members joining on May 6 will be entered into a drawing for a Free Annual Membership or One Free Writing Workshop.

All funds donated will be supplemented by the $110,000 gift provided by the generosity of anonymous donors. The Coastal Community Foundation of South Carolina will handle the online giving platform and administration. For donations to be counted toward a portion of incentive funds, the donation must be at least $25, and please indicate that your gift is for LILA.

Here’s a sneak peek at what’s coming up for LILA in May!

Sat May 3       10am-1pm Screenwriting  Workshop with Peter Wentworth

The Sharpe Room, Lower Lance Hall This screenwriting workshop is comprised of exercises to invigorate visual writing, an essential skill for film, television and new media storytelling. Contact:

Sat May 10     10am-1pm Editing Workshop with Signe Pike and Ellie Davis.

Admission $40.00/$30.00 for members. The Sharpe Room, Lower Lance Hall Submit pages of your manuscript to workshop with local editors Signe Pike and Ellie Davis! Contact:

Sat May 24     10am-12noon Inside Scholarly Publishing Today with Editor Alexander Moore

The Sharpe Room/ Workshop and discussion of the policies and practices of university and scholarly presses and by scholarly journals.  Workshop will highlight the importance of adequate preparation of manuscripts and proposals for submission to presses and journals. Contact:

Thursday May 22  7pm Readings by John Warley and Cassandra King

Circular Sanctuary. $5.00 suggested donation. Readings by John Warley, author of A Southern Girl and Cassandra King, author of The Same Sweet Girls Guide to Life. Books will be available for purchase. Signings and Reception will be held in Keller Hall.

SIGN UP for a Writing Group – free with your membership:

Writing is a solitary activity but getting feedback for works-in-progress is essential to every writer’s career. One of the many ways in which LILA serves the Lowcountry literary community is by coordinating a network of writers’ groups. Beginning this summer (2014), LILA-sponsored writing groups will meet once a month at Circular Congregational Church. Check out our list below, find your genre, and then, email to be placed on our email list for notices about upcoming dates and times.

Writers’ Groups (We’re open to new genres, and we’ll take names on lists at our May 6 Open House as well)

Poetry  |  Short Story Writers  |  Romance Writers  |  Mystery Writers  |  Women’s Fiction |  Science Fiction/Fantasy  |  Fiction (all other)  |  Memoir   |  Non-Fiction (all)   |  Young Adult  |  Children’s Books

There’s never been a better time to WRITE CHARLESTON! We look forward to seeing you Tuesday, May 6 between 5-7pm!

Best wishes and words to you,

The LILA Board
Marjory Wentworth, Mary Harris, Shari Stauch, Mary Ann Henry, Deborah Bernard and Joseph Gorman

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