photos4uandme_flick_circularWrite Charleston!  is a series of readings and writing workshops at our new home at the historic Circular Congregational Church.  All readings and workshops will be open both LILA members and the general public. Circular Congregational Church is located at 150 Meeting St in downtown Charleston. Admission is $10 for the general public $5 for LILA members/students and seniors. To register for workshops please contact us Book signing and reception will follow readings.

January/ Fiction

Editing Workshop!
NOTE: THE WORKSHOP SCHEDULED FOR 1/18/14  HAS BEEN POSTPONED UNTIL May 10, 2014, same times and info: Email for more info and we apologize for any inconvenience.

Sat. Jan. 18th from 10:00 –noon Editing Workshop with Signe Pike and Ellie Davis. Admission $40.00/$30.00 for members. Participants should submit 1) a brief synopsis (1 pg. max) and 2) a writing sample (no more than 1,000 words) by Jan 10th. The sample must be double spaced in 12 pt. Times New Roman font.

Participants will receive their 1,000 word writing sample with edits at the beginning of the workshop, along with any line edits, notes, and a few paragraphs of comments as needed. This is theirs to keep. To register please email us at Cost $40.00.

Pike Author PhotoSigne Pike worked as an acquisitions editor for both Random House and Penguin where she published both fiction and non-fiction before leaving New York to write her own book. Her memoir FAERY TALE: One Woman’s Search for Enchantment in a Modern World was a Kirkus Reviews “Best of 2010” selection, and she has been featured on WPR’s “To the Best of Our Knowledge” along with Neil Gaiman, Salman Rushdie, and A.S. Byatt. She now offers private freelance editorial services and lives in Charleston, SC where she is at work on her next book.

logo2Ellie Davis is the owner of Pressque, a publishing consultation firm located in downtown Charleston that offers editing, ghostwriting, and marketing services to authors and publishers. She is a founding board member of the Lowcountry Initiative for the Literary Arts, a former curator and host of Charleston’s longest running weekly literary series, Monday Night Blues, and serves as a mentor to senior writing students at Charleston County School of the Arts. Published in a number of anthologies and journals, she is the author of The Humours of FollySee Charleston in a Day, 100, over a dozen ghostwritten works of fiction and nonfiction.


On January 30th, New York Times Bestselling Author, Mary Alice Monroe, will be reading from her new book, Second Star to the Right . Author Signe Pike will be reading from FAERY TALE: One Woman’s Search for Enchantment in a Modern World. Readings begin at 7:00 p.m. Reception and book signing to follow. Admission is $10 for the general public and $5 for LILA members/students and seniors!

A view towards Big Ben through the window of a nearby pubSecond Star to the Right By Mary Alice Monroe:  Welcome to a world where anything is possible, where broken hearts can be healed by one true kiss, and where Neverland may not be a place of fables, but a forgotten land one can still find if they are only brave enough to follow the second star to the right.

Praise for Second Star to the Right:

“The magic of innocence and the romance of hope will charm the reader.” – Nora Roberts

“I laughed, I cried and I felt like a kid again, experiencing the magic of an unforgettable love story. Mary Alice Monroe has won a fan for life with this spectacular book.” – New York Times bestselling author Teresa Medeiros

“Mary Alice Monroe breathes new life into the timeless legend of Peter Pan—and the result is nothing short of magical. Second Star to the Right will whisk you away at the whim of this masterful storyteller.” – Signe Pike, bestselling author of Faery Tale

Mary-alice-monroe-authorMary Alice Monroe is the New York Times bestselling author of sixteen novels and two children’s books.  Mary Alice writes richly textured books that delve into the complexities of interpersonal relationships and the parallels between the land and life.  Monroe’s novels are published worldwide.  She has achieved many lists, including the New York Times, USA Today and SIBA.  She has received numerous awards, including Readers’ Choice, the 2008 South Carolina Center for the Book Award for Writing and was featured at the National Festival of the Book.  The Butterfly’s Daughter won the International Book Award for Green Fiction.  Monroe is a nominee for RT Bookclub Lifetime Achievement Award. For information, videos, podcasts, and more, go to  and Facebook.

faery-coverFAERY TALE: One Woman’s Search for Enchantment in a Modern World In search of something to believe in once more, Pike left behind a career in Manhattan to undertake a magical journey – literally. In a sweeping tour through Mexico, England, Ireland, Scotland and beyond, she takes readers to dark glens and abandoned forests, ancient sacred sites and local pubs, seeking people who might still believe in the elusive beings we call faeries.

Praise for Faery Tale:

“Pike’s enchanting journey into the land of faeries is more than a memoir…it makes you smile and it makes you think.” – New York Times bestselling author and lecturer Marianne Williamson

“With a distinctive voice and elegant prose, Faery Tale captures the hopefulness of childhood and the magic of believing.” – Harper’s Bazaar

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