Tuesday, August 28, 2012
The Second Writers Forum, co-sponsored by the Summerville Writers Guild, Dorchester County Library and the Friends of the Summerville Library was held Sunday afternoon, August 12, at the Seago Branch Library on Trolley Road. This year’s program featured local authors Marjorie B. Hill, Ellen McNeal and Karla Telega.
After the panel discussion, refreshments and books signings were provided. The purpose of the Writers Forum is to showcase local writers. There is a great deal of talent locally as well as quite of a lot of involvement in writing groups. One group meets monthly at the library. We hope to continue the Writers Forum as an annual event. Preliminary plans are underway for another forum next August.
Marjorie Hill lives in Walterboro, SC, where they settled upon retirement. Storytelling has always been a part of her life. It was years before she realized that not everyone made up stories in their head. She has been published in Moody Monthly, Pee Dee Magazine and several newspapers. Her featured work, Xena Oaks, is her first novel.
Ellen McNeal is a poet and weaver living in Summerville. Her work has been published in numerous poetry magazines. Two of her poems have been acquired by the Medical University of South Carolina for their Art/Poetry Project. She is associate editor of The Comstock Review. She is a member of the Summerville Writers Guild. Her chapbook, Taking on Water, has been released recently by Finishing Line Press.
Karla Telega has just unleashed her first book, Box of Rocks, which has become an award winning mystery. She writes mysteries, humor and a killer Christmas letter. When she is not dodging alligators, snakes and freakishly huge spiders, she enjoys reading, walking her dog and watching football. You can share her adventures in aging by visiting her blog, Telega Tales & Tart Cookies, at www.telegatales.com. She lives in South Carolina with her husband.
For the past two years the Writers Forum has been moderated by Ellen E. Hyatt. Ellen is a published writer of nonfiction and poetry, a faculty member at Charleston Southern University and has been a featured poet in Piccolo/Spoleto’s Sundown Series. She authors “The Writer’s Corner” for the Summerville Journal Scene and is Vice Chair of the Board of Governors of the South Carolina Academy of Authors.