New literary programming for Charleston - Write Charleston!

  • Friday, January 10, 2014

Signe Pike's new book.


The Low-country Initiative for the Literary Arts (LILA) is kicking off 2014 with some exciting new initiatives. Write Charleston!, is a series of readings and writing workshops at a new home at the historic Circular Congregational Church. All readings and workshops will be open both LILA members and the general public.

Starting in January there will be a reading series by local authors with newly published works on the last Thursday of the month. Writing and editing workshops will take place on the third Saturday of the month. There will be a small admission charge as LILA is actively seeking members and raising funds for its poets-in-the-schools programs.

Long known as a place for artists to perform, read and display their work, Circular Church is the perfect place for LILA to establish a physical space to link the writing community with the greater Charleston community. According to The Rev. Dr. Jeremy Rutledge, Circular Congregational Church, “It is often only through art that we give expression to our souls’ deepest utterances. The literary arts, in particular, help us tell and share our stories. Circular has long been a place that celebrates both the arts and every person’s unique story and search. So it’s a natural fit for us to join in this new Partnership with LILA.”

Write Charleston! Jan. - March

Circular Church 150 Meeting St., Charleston

January – Fiction

•1/18 Edit Your Manuscript -Ellie Davis and Signe Pike 10 - Noon (Admission is $40, $30 for LILA members.) Participants submit manuscripts by Jan. 5).

•1/30 Reading from Mary Alice Monroe’s new work, Second Star to the Right and Signe Pike’s FAERY TALE: One Woman’s Search for Enchantment in a Modern World 7 p.m.

February – Non Fiction

•2/15 – Truth and Beauty: Creative Nonfiction and Writing for Magazines

and Blogs– workshop taught by Stephanie Hunt 10-noon.

•2/27 – Reading from State of the Heart, SC Writers on the Places They Love 7 p.m.

March – Poetry

•3/15 – Performance Poetry – Workshop and Marcus Amaker 10 - Noon.

•3/27 – Readings from Lowcountry poets with new books (Richard Garcia,

Susan Meyers, Marjory Wentworth and Barbara Hagerty) 7 p.m.

Admission is $10 for the general public $5 for LILA members/students and seniors. To register for workshops please contact us lila@lilaconnects.com. Book signing and reception will follow readings.

About LILA

The Lowcountry Initiative for the Literary Arts (LILA) is a literary outreach organization established in 2004. Its mission is to nurture and promote the literary arts in South Carolina. A board of directors - authors, poets, editors, teachers, booksellers and local supporters of literature – work to fulfill LILA’s mission. They are supported by LILA’s Board of Advisors, made up of some of the South’s most distinguished and well-known authors and literary figures, including Sue Monk Kidd, Mary Alice Monroe, Cassandra King, Pat Conroy, and Dorothea Benton Frank.

In recent years, LILA has:

•Obtained a $50,000 grant from the College of Charleston’s “Centers for Partnership to Improve Education”, which launched LILA’s Poets-in –the-Schools Program at Burke High.

•Co-partnered with the Charleston County Library in September 2007 to receive a $20,000 grant from the National Endowment for the Arts to sponsor “The Big Read” – a one-city/one-book campaign to read Zora Neale Hurston’s Their Eyes Were Watching God.

•Won two $2,000 grants from the NEA through the SC Humanities Council to organize “Poetry Out Loud” (a high school poetry recitation contest) in 2007 and 2008.

•Offered free writing workshops through Charleston County Libraries.

•Offered college student internships in community outreach via the Gibbes Museum of Art, the Poetry Society of South Carolina, and the College of Charleston’s Center for Partnerships to Improve Education.

For further information or to join LILA, please email us at lila@lilaconnects.com or visit our website www.lilaconnects.com.

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