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. Today, Island Writers’ Network
encourages and mentors writers of all levels both in the craft and business of writing.
Membership exceeds seventy members and includes published writers, journalists,
bloggers, and more.
Our writers work in all genres including fiction, non-fiction, children’s literature, humor,
memoir and poetry.
Notable alumni/co-founders include Kathryn Wall, author of the popular Bay Tanner
mystery series (St. Martin’s Press); Vicky Hunnings with three mysteries (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.
IWN meets three times a month: General Meeting (business & program) at 6 p.m. on
the first Monday of the month (except in July, August and Labor Day); Open Workshop
at 7 p.m., on the third Monday of every month; and Open Mic, a coffeehouse format at
held during the last week of each month (See Calendar). Please see our website: www.
islandwritersnetworkhhi.org for meeting locations and related events.
IWN has published six anthologies: Hilton Head Island: Unpacked and Staying (2007), Hilton Headings (2009), Living the Dream (2012), Time and Tide (2015), Ebb and Flow (2017), Reflections (2019) and Ripples (2021).