Island Writers' Network
The Island Writers’ Network met on Monday, March 01, 2010, at 7:00 p.m. in the Heritage Library. Moderator Lorie Getz
Crawford, Sheila Gale, Lorie Getz, Ken Getz, Anne Grace, Bobbi Hahn, Max Judge, Norm Levy, Sansing McPherson, Dee
Merian, Greg Smorol, Charlie Thorn; new members Susan Lee and Peter Schwarzlose; program presenter Diana Bourgeois;
and guests Angela Anderson, Julie Chalpan, Lynn Palm, Tara Alisbah, and one unidentified person.
Program: Diana Bourgeois, president of Magic Marketing, presented a program on Social Media, predominantly Facebook with
some attention to Twitter and blogging. Using computer projection, Diana demonstrated steps and options and advised
members to be careful about what they post, such as photos or writing, because it becomes public domain and can be used by
anyone anywhere in any way,. She said a monitored Group Page would be good for an organization such as ours because all
members could be designated monitors. She advised that Twitter is not suitable for writers because the short text messages
are too brief for authors, who want people to engage in what they are writing. Blogging can be of benefit to authors and can be
set up for free through wordpress.com. Promotional materials such as for our books cannot be put inside a blog but can be
put on a Blog Roll as a side bar.
• The February 1 minutes were approved as submitted via email. Secretary Sansing McPherson invited any visitors to join
if they so wish and distributed information forms.
• Treasurer Max Judge reported a current balance of $663.72. Additional funds were collected that night in the form of
new dues and book payments.
• Charlie Thorn reported we have 219 copies of Hilton Headings left.
• Lorie Getz shared information about the S.H.A.R.E. Center holding a free Writers’ Day on Tuesday, March 23 from 1 to 3
pm at the center. We may attend to sign and sell out books.
• Lorie announced a Community Health Fair on March 13 at the Unitarian Universalist Church on Malphrus Rd. in Bluffton.
Norma Van Amberg will be there representing her Coastal Sport & Wellness magazine and will have our books there for sale.
• We will choose an appropriate member to contact Hilton Head Monthly about doing a feature on IWN, as suggested by
• Lorie suggested that in lieu of our outdated writers’ library we have any published members give one copy of each book
for a special display at the Heritage Library.
• Open Mike will be held Monday, March 15, at 7:00 p.m. at the Heritage Library.
• Bobbi Hahn announced that she had attended a fundraiser in Beaufort where Pat Conroy was the speaker. She chatted
with him afterward, gave him a copy of our Hilton Headings, and succeeded in getting a book cover endorsement from him:
“The English language is alive and well on Hilton Head Island. This book proves it." He also sent a message to the
membership: "Tell them there is not one thing different from them trying to do it as me trying to do it - I am as filled with self-
doubt now as when I began writing all those years ago. Just keep at it." Bobbi said he called her the next day, chatted for
about 20 minutes, and asked for a copy of the book signed by our writers. A copy of Hilton Headings was passed around for
• Dee Merian’s book Flying High has been published by an international publisher under a new title, and she will market it
at a book festival at the Javitz Center in New York this spring. Her book on why men become priests will be published by a
religious press. Dee has also spoken with JW Rone of the Arts Council of Beaufort County about carrying our books at Art
Works in Beaufort. All we need to do is take the books and set up a business arrangement designating their commission.
• Tom Crawford has lined up book signings for his Foibles at Top of the Lighthouse in Harbourtown and Mingles at Coligny
in the spring. He has spoken with the owner of Acme Used Books in Savannah, who has said he will carry our books.
• Max Judge secured a $4,000 grant from the Together for Beaufort fund for the Eat Smart Move More Lowcountry
Coalition, which will use his new book, Healthy Lifestyles for Children, in a program for Beaufort County public middle schoolers.
Meeting adjourned at 8:30 p.m.