Island Writers' Network
|September 12, 2011 -- Minutes
The Island Writers’ Network met on Monday, September 12, 2011, at the Heritage Library in the Savannah Bank
Building, 852 Wm Hilton Parkway. Moderator Lorie Getz called the meeting to order at 7:00 p.m. Present were
James Edward Alexander, Will Anderson, Ray Berberian, John Bickers, Tom Crawford, Lorie Getz, Anne Grace,
Bobbi Hahn, Jane Hill, Max Judge, Norm Levy, Marilyn Lorenz, Sansing McPherson, Dee Merian, Janet Morrison, Jim
Novak, Peter Schwarzlose, Charlie Thorn, Norma Van Amberg; and program presenters Barbara Carnal and
Christopher Nash of Life Tides Institute.
Program: Barbara Carnal—writer, journaler, certified family counselor, and member of Life Tides Institute at Palm
Key—explained a community outreach proposal for writers to give workshops to teacher-selected high school
students from Jasper County schools on a Saturday in 2012, date to be determined. In exchange for teaching,
each writer would receive Thursday & Friday night accommodations free at Palm Key, some complimentary meals,
and all day Friday as a free day to relax and enjoy the activities and natural surroundings of Palm Key. The
workshops would run from 9:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. on Saturday. Participation would be individual, not a
commitment from IWN. Norm Levy suggested students pre-submit writing samples. Charlie Thorn proposed it be
cast in the form of a writing contest with scholarships to the workshop as the prize. Lorie Getz said we need to
know the Jasper County writing curriculum to plan our workshops. Sansing McPherson offered to participate in
the planning and to keep IWN informed of plans. Those interested can contact Barbara Carnal at
Barbara@patchworkfamily.com or by phone at 843-726-4310.
Minutes of the June meeting were approved as submitted electronically.
Treasurer’s Report: Sansing McPherson reported in Greg Smorol’s absence a balance on hand of $1,625.52. Top
of the Lighthouse has issued a check for $309.50 for anthologies of both titles sold over the past 2 years. Dues
of $12 are due for the 2011-2012 year, check payable to IWN and mailed to Greg Smorol, 76 Cypress Marsh
Drive, HHI, SC 29926. Nineteen people paid dues at the meeting.
Book Sales: Charlie Thorn reported 91 copies in inventory of Hilton Headings. Sansing McPherson has an
inventory of 67 copies of Hilton Head Island: Unpacked and Staying.
Arts & Cultural Affairs Committee: Lorie reported this subcommittee of the Chamber of Commerce has been
dissolved with no evaluation of the 2011 Bravo festival. She attended an ad hoc committee meeting chaired by
Iva Welton where Bravo participants expressed great disappointment in the lack of publicity. Iva hopes to form a
new not-for-profit arts entity to publish an arts calendar and perhaps do other joint planning. As a result of Lorie’
s report, IWN members voted that we not rejoin the Chamber of Commerce this year since Bravo was the only
assumed advantage to us.
Open Mike will be Monday, Sept. 26 at 7:00 p.m. in the Heritage Library, one week later than usual since Norm
Levy is away on Sept. 19.
Old Business: We still need a PR chairman to get our meeting notices into area publications, including the tourist
activity magazines such as Island Events and Where to Go on Hilton Head. No one present volunteered.
New Business - A third anthology: At the June meeting members had expressed a preference for a mystery and
mysterious theme; consensus at tonight’s meeting was that members prefer an unrestricted genre. Lorie pointed
out that the first anthology with the distinctive alligator picture on the cover sold better than the second with a
sunset. Sansing mentioned seeing a photo in the Island Packet within the past year of an alligator in someone’s
swimming pool, which made her think of Hilton Head Island: Dive Right In as a title for the next anthology.
James Edward offered to contact the Packet to track down the photo and try to get permission to use it.
Consensus of members was that offering a contest to outsiders to submit to the anthology would be too time
• Charlie Thorn has been formatting his novel for Kindle and reported that former IWN member Kathy Wall
gave him the name of a person in Arizona who will format a novel for $150. Jane Hill said that rate sounds
realistic for a novel, but she thinks our anthology would be much more complicated due to our graphics and a
hard stop between each entry. Standard Kindle conversion software would probably not preserve graphics and
other formatting, and resulting appearance might be disappointing.
• James Edward Alexander asked that all published members, traditional or self-published, please email him
the names of their publishers at email@example.com.
• The October 3 meeting program will be presented by Tim Johnston of Short Story America, headquartered
Meeting adjourned at 8:30 p.m.
Sansing McPherson, IWN Secretary