Write Charleston! moves to Circular Congregational Church

  • Tuesday, February 4, 2014

State of the Heart


Write Charleston! a series of readings and writing workshops will be held at their 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. A parking garage is located across the street on Cumberland Street. To register for workshops please contact lila@lilaconnects.com. Workshops are $30 or $20 for members, students and seniors. Book signing and reception will follow readings. Suggested donation for readings is $5.


•2/15 – Truth and Beauty: Creative Nonfiction and Writing for Magazines and Blogs - workshop taught by Stephanie Hunt 10 a.m. - noon.

•2/27 – Reading from State of the Heart, South Carolina Writers on the Places They Love. Writers Billy Baldwin, Ken Burger, Horace Mungin, Steve Hoffius, Marjory Wentworth and editor Aida Rogers will be reading from State of the Heart, South Carolina Writers on the Places They Love, Foreward Pat Conroy. Reading begins at 7 p.m. Reception and book signing to follow.


Saturday Feb. 15 - Truth and Beauty: Creative Nonfiction and Writing for Magazines and Blogs– workshop taught by Stephanie Hunt 10-noon. Sharpe Room, Lower Lance Hall

Truth and Beauty: Creative Nonfiction and Writing for Mags and Blogs

The market for non-fiction is broad - everything from newspaper journalism to magazine stories to memoir and blogging. Local freelancer Stephanie Hunt shares strategies for honing your prose to nonfiction truthiness (with a nod to Stephen Colbert) without sacrificing the beauty of language and storytelling.

A versatile freelancer, Stephanie Hunt loves the range of subjects, mediums and entrees into fascinating corners of other people’s worlds that nonfiction allows. A graduate of Duke University and Vanderbilt Divinity School, she’s a contributing editor for Charleston Magazine, a long-time columnist for Skirt magazine and has published in the Christian Science Monitor, Chicago Tribune, Poets & Writers, Literary Mama and numerous other publications. She loves long bike rides, short stories, tuned-up sentences and most all poetry.

•Reading: On Thursday Feb. 27 – Reading from State of the Heart, SC Writers on the Places They Love 7 p.m. Editor Aida Rogers. Contributors: William P. Baldwin, Ken Burger, Stephen G. Hoffius, Horace Mungin and Marjory Wentworth.

State of the Heart is a rich collection of personal stories, reflections, historical facts and front porch yarns as colorful, timeless and inspiring as the people and landscape of the Palmetto State. This heartfelt book is a must-read for everyone lucky enough to have been born here or who now calls South Carolina home.”—Mary Alice Monroe, New York Times bestselling author, Beach House Memories

“State of the Heart reminds us of what is best about South Carolina and her many gifted writers, the monumental power of this place to shape our memories into stories and then our stories into art.”—Pat Conroy, from the foreword

“Southerners—-whether they write poetry, fiction, or non-fiction—-have a sense of place. In their work, sometimes that place is a literal, physical presence; sometimes it is spiritual. For some a place is a haven, for others it is a muse: a front porch, a garden, a cabin in the woods, a library, or the Carolina Coliseum. In this wonderful book of “mini-memoirs” you can discover the places that have inspired and continue to inspire a marvelous group of South Carolina writers.”—Walter Edgar

The readers:

A lifelong resident of the Carolina lowcountry, William P. Baldwin is an award-winning novelist, poet, biographer, and historian. He graduated from Clemson University with a B.A. in history and an M.A. in English. For nine years he ran a shrimp boat and then built houses, but the principal occupation of his life has been writing. He enjoys kayaking, and one of these days he absolutely, definitely will make the paddle from the mainland to Bulls Island and back.

Allendale native Ken Burger spent 40 years covering sports, business, and people for two South Carolina newspapers and was named one of the country’s best sports columnists three times. His columns for the Charleston Post and Courier have been collected in Baptized in Sweet Tea; his trilogy of South Carolina fiction includes Swallow Savannah, Sister Santee, and Salkehatchie Soup. Burger graduated dead last in his class at the University of Georgia, has been married five times, and is a cancer survivor.

Stephen G. Hoffius is a freelance writer and editor in Charleston. Among his recent books are Upheaval in Charleston: Earthquake and Murder on the Eve of Jim Crow (with Susan Millar Williams) and The Life and Art of Alfred Hutty: Woodstock to Charleston (with Sara C. Arnold).

Hollywood native Horace Mungin studied English at Fordham University. His poetry and prose have been published in many publications, including the New York Times and Essence Magazine. He has six books to his credit.

Aïda Rogers is a Columbia writer and editor whose human interest articles have won national and regional awards. She and Tim Driggers are coauthors of Stop Where the Parking Lot’s Full, a guidebook to South Carolina’s favorite restaurants. She works and writes for the South Carolina Honors College at the University of South Carolina.

Marjory Wentworth’s poems have been nominated for The Pushcart Prize five times. Her books of poetry include Noticing Eden, Despite Gravity, and The Endless Repetition of an Ordinary Miracle. She is the co-writer with Juan Mendez of Taking a Stand, The Evolution of Human Rights, co-editor with Kwame Dawes of Seeking, Poetry and Prose inspired by the Art of Jonathan Green, and the author of the prizewinning children’s story Shackles. The University of South Carolina Press will be publishing her New and Selected Poems in spring 2014. She is the President of the Lowcountry Initiative for the Literary Arts and the Poet Laureate of South Carolina.

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