Island Writers' Network
The Island Writers’ Network met on Monday, May 6, 2013, at the Heritage Library with 19 people attending:
Will Anderson, John Bickers, Bob Bredin, Len Camarda, Tom Crawford, Will Cross, Anne Grace, Jane Hill, Norm
Levy, Sansing McPherson, Janet Morris, Sarah Ray, Greg Smorol, Kent Thune, Mel Witmer; and visitors Bruce
Johnson, Dave Luellen, Sally Rony, and Margene Huber.
Moderator Tom Crawford called the meeting to order at 7:05 p.m., followed by introductions.
Sansing McPherson displayed new vinyl banners which can be used for IWN book events such as book sales and
Program: IWN member Wilbur Cross talked about how his writing career developed and what influences were
important in his writing career. Will began writing when he was about ten years old. His earliest influence was
his famous grandfather, who had been an English professor at Yale and founder and editor of the Yale Review
prior to serving four terms as the governor of Connecticut. After college, Will went to work at an advertising
agency where his writing was limited to very short segments for ads. He later used his advertising experience
to land a job at Life magazine, transitioning to writing stories, and finally becoming an editor. Will's most
successful writing has involved first determining what editors want, then finding an expert on that subject with
whom to collaborate. He is the author of many non-fiction works, including Gullah Culture in America.
Minutes of the April 1 meeting were approved a submitted electronically.
Treasurer’s report: Greg Smorol reported an end-of-April balance on hand of $3,345.83, after expenditures for
printing additional copies of Hilton Head Island: Living the Dream and purchasing banners for book events. All
upfront costs for Hilton Head Island: Living the Dream have been paid, and the book is already showing a
profit. Greg also announced that we now have an IWN debit card for purchasing books from CreateSpace,
which does not accept checks.
Publishing news: Greg Smorol has recently published The Tithonian Biosphere, which is available through
Amazon.com. Greg explained that the cover artwork was done by a local student, who was written up in The
Island Packet for her work on the cover. Sarah Ray's new book, Sorcerer's Vendetta, is now available on
Kindle. Anne Grace has recently published Gleanings of Grace, which is a collection of quotations that she has
collected over a number of years. Tom Crawford has nearly sold out of Goli Otok, and he is making a few
changes for the next edition, which should be available in paperback and on Kindle soon. James Edward
Alexander was the featured speaker at The Heritage Library on May 5, promoting his new book, I Wish You Had
Been There, as well as his two previous books. Len Camarda is developing social media applications to promote
his new book, The Seventh Treasure.
Moderators Report: Tom Crawford updated us on the work of the Arts and Culture Committee and the 360/40
Anniversary celebration planned for next fall. The IWN has officially joined the Arts and Culture Committee, and
our activities such as meetings, speakers, book events, etc., will now be included on its website, along with
activities of other member groups. Activities associated with the 360/40 Anniversary Celebration will occur
between September 30 and October 5. As part of the Celebration, the IWN will hold a book fair at Pineland
Station on October 3.
Open Mike will occur Monday, May 20, at 7:00 p.m., in the Heritage Library, facilitated by Norm Levy. Norm
noted that 6 people attended the last Open Mike, and he mentioned that a new attendee read from her work for
the very first time in public.
Bluffton Village Festival: The IWN will have a table at Bluffton Village Festival to sell our anthologies as well as
members' books. The table will be space #84, which will be on Calhoun Street near the intersection with Allen.
The event will be from 10:00 to 4:00, with setup on Friday evening. Volunteers are as follows:
Friday evening setup: Tom, Sansing, Susan, and Jane
Tables, chairs, etc: Susan and Sansing will bring tables
1:00-4:00: Tom, Susan
Take down: Susan, Tom
As needed: Jane
With no old or new business, the meeting adjourned at 8:15 p.m.