The Island Writers’ Network of Hilton Head Island, South Carolina
When writer Jo Williams moved to Hilton Head Island in 1999, she missed her Charlotte, NC, writers group, so she ran an ad in the Island Packet. Eighteen people responded, and twelve attended the initial meeting. Since then the Island Writers’ Network membership has exceeded sixty active members, over two dozen of whom are currently published, either with traditional publishing houses or e-publishing companies.
Notable alumni/co-founders include Kathryn Wall, author of the popular Bay Tanner mystery series with St. Martin’s Press; Vicky Hunnings with three mysteries by Avalon Press; and Dee Merian, whose memoir, The Best Years of Flying (Headline Books), appeared at Book Expo America in New York City in 2010.
All are available at Amazon.com and at several local vendors. Check IWN’s events page on www.islandwritersnetworkhhi.org for current meeting schedule, vendors, and events.
IWN holds three meetings a month: a business/program meeting on the first Monday of each month, excepting July and August, at 7:00 p.m. at the Bayshore on Hilton Head, 421 Squire Pope Rd., Hilton Head Island; Open Mic on the third Monday, including July and August, at 7:00 p.m. at the Bayshore on Hilton Head; and Last Wednesdays at Mikki’s Café, 72 Marshland Road, HHI, at 6:30 p.m.