Write 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. Readings will take place in the church (main Building). Workshops will take place in the Sharpe Room in Lower Lance Hall. This is located behind the church. Parking garage across the street on Cumberland Street.

To register for workshops please contact us lila@lilaconnects.com Book signing and reception will follow readings.  Suggested donation for readings is $5.00. Workshops are $30.00 or $20.00 for members, students and seniors.


Sat May 3 10:00 – 1:00 The Sharpe Room, Lower Lance Hall

Screenwriting Workshop with Peter WentworthThis is screenwriting workshop is comprised of exercises to invigorate visual writing, an essential skill for film, television and new media storytelling. A portion of class time will be reserved for discussion student’s work in progress and students are encouraged to submit up to 10 pages of existing work prior to class. Limited to 12. Contact info: petetwentworth@gmail.com

Peter Wentworth received his MFA in Film with an emphasis in screenwriting from Columbia University. His Producing credits include a number of independent feature films, documentaries, and commercials including the Academy Award nominee Metropolitan. He has taught workshops in screenwriting for over 20 years at venues around the Southeast.

Tuesday May 6th Day of Giving, LILA Open House, 5:00-7:00, The Sharpe Room

Sat May 10 Editing Workshop with Signe Pike and Ellie Davis.
Admission $40.00/$30.00 for members. 10:00 – 1:00 The Sharpe Room, Lower Lance Hall

Participants should submit 1) a brief synopsis (1 pg. max) and 2) a writing sample (no more than 1,000 words) by April 15th. 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 lila@lilaconnects.com.

Signe 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.

Ellie 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 Folly, See Charleston in a Day, 100, over a dozen ghostwritten works of fiction and nonfiction.

Sat May 24 Inside Scholarly Publishing Today With Editor Alexander Moore, 10:00-noon, The Sharpe Room

Workshop and discussion of the policies and practices of university and scholarly presses and by scholarly journals. Workshop highlighting the importance of adequate preparation of manuscripts and proposals for submission to presses and journals. Information on recent developments in electronic publishing as well as the place of traditional book publishing in modern scholarship. Discussion of local and regional media outlets for publication of scholarly essays, feature articles, and commentaries. Examples of non-traditional scholarly research and publication opportunities. Contact info: ALEXM@mailbox.sc.edu.

Alexander Moore, a Charleston native, is acquisitions editor at the University of South Carolina Press, where he manages the history and regional studies lists. He is on the editorial board of the [William Gilmore] Simms Review. Moore is author or editor of more than twenty books on southern and South Carolina history and numerous journal and encyclopedia articles on American literary, fine art, and history topics. For thirty years he has been a freelance historian, conducting research and writing projects

Thursday May 22 Reading by John Warley and Cassandra King 7:00 pm, The Sanctuary.
$5.00 suggested donation.

A Southern Girl by John Warley
Pat Conroy, New York Times-bestselling author and newly named editor-at-large for Story River Books, has announced the first book—A Southern Girl by John Warley—to release in May 2014 under the new South Carolina-based original fiction imprint, Story River Books, and published by the University of South Carolina Press. A Southern Girl includes a foreword by New York Times-bestselling novelist Therese Anne Fowler.

John Warley, a native South Carolinian, is a graduate of the Citadel and the University of Virginia School of Law. He practiced law in Virginia until 1993 when he moved to Mexico to write and teach. Now a full-time writer, Warley divides his time between Beaufort, South Carolina, and San Miguel de Allende, Mexico. His previous books include Bethesda’s Child and The Moralist. He and his wife Barbara have three sons, Caldwell, Nelson, and Carter, born in Newport News, Virginia, and a daughter, MaryBeth, born in Seoul, South Korea.

The Same Sweet Girls Guide to Life by Cassandra King, With an introduction by Rick Bragg
Just in time for Mother’s Day and Graduation comes a lovely book full of inspiration and advice, Southern style, the perfect gift for graduates, girlfriends, moms and daughters. With an introduction by noted Southern writer Rick Bragg, The Same Sweet Girls Guide to Life: Advice from a Failed Southern Belle is beautifully designed, with black and white illustrations throughout. This keepsake draws inspiration from King’s bestselling novel, The Same Sweet Girls.
Written with a blend of humor and practical wisdom, this book offers solid advice to new graduates and others that can sustain them through life’s inevitable ups and downs, advice that will only grow in meaning throughout the years. It could and should be read again and again, by people of all ages.
Cassandra King, who has been called “the Queen of Southern storytelling,” is the author of five novels: Making Waves, The Sunday Wife, The Same Sweet Girls, Queen of Broken Hearts, and most recently the highly praised Moonrise, which was an Okra Pick and SIBA bestseller. A native of Alabama, Cassandra resides in Beaufort, South Carolina, with her husband, writer Pat Conroy.
A portion of the money raised by publication of this edition will go to the University of Montevallo’s Same Sweet Girls Scholarship Fund. Visit her website at CassandraKingConroy.com.

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