About the IWN
The Island Writers' Network's first anthology, Hilton Head Island:
Unpacked & Staying,
remain popular. Originally published by Catawba
Publishing Company of Charlotte, NC, the anthology contains more
than forty selections from local authors.  The book includes short
stories, non-fiction features, memoirs, poems, and photographs.
P. O. Box 5039
Hilton Head Island, SC  29938
Art League Gallery
Coastal Discovery Museum
The Heritage Library
Heyward House
Copies of Hilton Head Island: Unpacked & Staying can be
purchased at the venues mentioned above, and from
Amazon.com, or ordered by mail using this form:
Arts Council of Beaufort County
Island Writers' Network
Writers' Opportunities & Helps
In addition to programs on first Mondays,
members get together on most third Mondays
Open Mike. Led by Norm Levy, participants
can read up to five minutes of their own work
for others to discuss and give positive
feedback.  Open Mike is held at the Heritage
Library at 7:00 p.m.  The next Open Mike will
be on Monday,
October 21.
Live Oak Public Libraries
South Carolina Center for the Book
News About IWN Members
This creative website allows authors to finish
their thoughts, unlike TV programs where
guests constantly talk over each other.  All  
writers--amateur or professional--are
invited to post  their articles.  The site can
also be  used to promote new literary works
and you can actually post a cover graphic
with a link for each of your publications.
Speak Without Interruption
Iodine Literary Projects
South Carolina Writers Workshop
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the Island Writers’ Network’s has released its second
Hilton Headings.

Pieces depict the diversity of Island Writers’ Network
members and offer an assortment of fiction, memoir,
humor, and poetry. In addition to literary works,
Hilton Headings contains eight pages of color
photographs of the Lowcountry and its flora and
fauna. A stunning photograph of a Lowcountry dock
is featured on the cover.

The anthology was released at the
Coastal Discovery
Museum's Lowcountry Holiday Market.  (Photos) (Video)
Hilton Headings is available at the following locations:
Burke's Pharmacy. 1101 Main Street
HHI, 843-681-2622
Coast Discovery Museum, Honey Horn Plantation
      HHI, 843-689-6767
Coastal Discovery Museum, U. S. 278, HHI
Colore Werks. 11 Buckingam Plant Dr., Bluffton,
Heaven Sent, Bridge Center #102, Bluffton,                  
Hilton Gift Shop, Hilton Hotel, HHI
Heyward House, 52 Boundary St., Bluffton
Island Treasures (The Westin Hotel gift shop), HHI
Nash Gallery, Shelter Cover Harbour                          
Outside Hilton Head, Plaza at Shelter Cove, HHI,          
Pink House Gallery. Main Street Village , HHI
Piggly Wiggly HHI
Port Royal Pro Shop, HHI
The Filling Station Art Gallery, Calhoun St., Bluffton
Top of the Lighthouse, Harbour Town
In addition to the sales venues listed, Hilton Headings
can also be ordered by mail.  For an order form, click
here.  Both Hilton Head Island: Unpacked & Staying
Hilton Headings are available for download to
Events of Interest to Writers and Readers
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Read David Lauderdale's review. of Hilton
appeared in The Island Packet.
Hilton Headings was featured at a Gallery
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"The English language is alive and well on Hilton Head
Island.  This book proves it."
--Pat Conroy
The Beaufort ProWriters meet at Common
Grounds in downtown Beaufort, typically
on second Tuesdays.  There is no charge for
ProWriters meetings, which are open to
any writers.  Contact:  Katherine  Tandy
At the May 2nd meeting, Norm Levy social
media to sell books.

The April 4th meeting featured Sansing
McPherson, who provided an excellent
overview of
how to write dialog.    

Tom Crawford presented the March 7th
program.  Tom related his experiences in
self-publishing his book

At the February 7th meeting, Sheila Gale
discussed her experiences in getting her
 Dottie Flowers and the Skinner
Gang, published.
At the March 5th meeting, Lynda Bouchard,
an author concierge and publicist, talked
about marketing and PR.  
IWN member Sheila Gale's mystery, Dottie Flowers and the Skinner
, was released in July by Crystal Dreams Publishing, an imprint
Multi-Media Publications .  Sheila's book launch was held July
26th in Canada.  Thes book is available at
Amazon.com in hardcopy
and for Kindle.  Sheila has completed a second book which will be
published soon, and she is working on a third.
The Island Writers' Network meets first
Mondays, September through May, at the
Heritage Library, located on the 2nd floor of
The Savannah Bank Building, 852 William
Hilton Parkway, on the right side of the SB
lanes of Highway 278, just past Ronnie's
Bakery and the Red Roof Inn.
 Meetings are
at 7:00 pm.  The next meeting will be on
October 7.
Norm, who has been writing light verse for decades, now has a blog
which provides samples of poems included in his book,
Rhymes for
Our Times
, as well as some new poems.  Norm is now actively writing
two-liners which appear on his Twitter page.   He now has more than
a thousand "followers."

Norm has appeared on several radio shows recently, most recently on
NPR's "
On Point" broadcast.  (Norm's segment is about 26 minutes into
the show).  
IWN's Third Anthology Launched at Coastal Discovery Museum Event
Other Island Writers' Network Anthologies
David Lauderdale's' interview with Norm Levy about Norm's experiences with social networking to
market books appeared in
The Island Packet.  Norm was also interviewed on BlogTalkRadio where
he described his background in advertising and marketing as well as his book
Rhymes for our
.  The interviewer commented that Norm's book was one of the "funniest books I've ever
read," and described the content as "priceless material."  Norm also managed to get in a plug for
the Island Writers' Network.
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Appropriate formatting of the Word ms prior
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many fo the formatting issues.  
At the October 3, 2011 meeting, Tim
Johnston presented a program on Short Story
America.The first fall meeting was on
September 12 when Barbara Carnal presented
a proposal for a teaching outreach program at
Palm Key.  
Peter Schwarzlose's
epic about his
German army and in
Siberia is now
available for Kindle
in both
English and
German, as well as
in hardcopy.
The Island Writers' Network released a new anthology
December 7th at the Coastal Discovery Museum's annual
Lowcountry Holiday Happening. The book will also be available
Hilton Head Island: Living the Dream is the third in a series of
anthologies published by the Island Writers Network, offering
readers a selection of tales, poems and art by the creative
authors and artists who live, play, work and retire in this
special place.  

The cover photograph was provided by the very talented local
Jean-Marie Cote.  M. Cote's photo was selected
from a wide range of submissions in a competition held by the
Other New Publications by IWN Members
In Len Camarda's
new book,
Seventh Treasure,
500 year-old l
 converge in the
21st century to
bring to light an
Forks in the Road
follows the exciting
paths of an
Southern colored
boy from his service
in the U.S. Air Force
to a distinguished
legal career.
The IWN is on Facebook.  To access the IWN
Facebook page, open Facebook, search "Island
Writers Network," then click on "Like".
Moss Creek Plantation hosted a luncheon featuring Lee Child, author of the popular "Jack
Reacher" books.  Several IWN members attended the event.  The first Reacher film, starring Tom
Cruise, opened in December.
The 2012 Savannah Children’s Book Festival was held November 10, 2012, in Forsyth Park in
Savannah. The festival was presented by Live Oak Public Libraries and the City of Savannah. The
ninth annual festival celebrated the joy of reading, the power of the written word, and the magic
of storytelling with children’s book authors and illustrators from around the country.
Children of Shadows is the
saga of Cooper Hamilton,
a white youngster, and
Twilight, the mystical
Gullah girl who raises him.
Later, returning to his
Lowcountry roots, he
stumbles upon a
mur-derous plot to
disinherit Twilight's people.
The sixth annual Savannah Book FestivalFestival took place February 14-17, 2013, in Telfair Squar
and in Trustees Theater.  Featured authors included Dave Barry, David Baldacci, Al Gore, James
Patterson, and Hoda Kotb, along with many other national and local authors.  Grammy award
winning Gregg Allman also attended.  His memoir
My Cross to Bear made Publishers Weekly’s Best
Nonfiction Books of 2012.

The speaker at the October, 2010, meeting
was Jim Jordan, author of
Savannah Grey.

At the September 13th, 2010,  meeting,
C. J.
Lyons, author of several best-selling medical
mysteries, provided an excellent handout, her
Writers' Query Toolkit.

The program for the June, 2010  meeting was
an exercise in producing attention-getting
beginnings for literary pieces. Participants
were reminded to refer to the excellent
advice offered by Al Chaput at a previous
"The First 500 Words."
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IWN member James Edward Alexander had a delightful piece published in The Island Packet on
Sunday, August 11th.  In "
Drafted" James Edward gives a humorous account of accommodation
problems for visiting black athletic teams in the 1930s in the segregated South.