In addition to hosting a live online meeting, we will also record it and post the link in the next month’s issue of The eQuill newsletter.


June 20 1:30-4:00 p.m. – Online (


1:30-1:45 Announcement of the AWC Annual Contest winners and other AWC announcements.


1:45-3:00 Jonathan Haupt (“What Pat Conroy Learned from Archibald Rutledge: Writer-to-Writer Mentoring”)

Jonathan Haupt is the executive director of the nonprofit Pat Conroy Literary Center, South Carolina’s first affiliate of the American Writers Museum, second American Library Association Literary Landmark, and TripAdvisor’s top-ranked destination in Beaufort, South Carolina. Haupt is also the founding director of the annual Pat Conroy Literary Festival and the former director of the University of South Carolina Press, where he created the Story River Books original southern fiction imprint with the late Pat Conroy. He serves as an associate producer of the SCETV author interview program By the River and on the boards of the South Carolina Academy of Authors and the Friends of South Carolina Libraries, the advisory board of South Carolina Humanities, and the affiliates committee of the American Writers Museum. Haupt’s articles, book reviews, and author interviews have appeared in the Charleston Post and Courier; Lowcountry Weekly; Fall Lines literary magazine; Beaufort Lifestyle magazine; Southern Writers magazine’s Suite T blog, and the Conroy Center’s Porch Talk blog. Through the Conroy Center’s many educational outreach programs, he teaches kids, convicts, lifelong learners, and writers. Haupt is co-editor with Nicole Seitz of the anthology Our Prince of Scribes: Writers Remember Pat Conroy, named Silver Medal Winner for Best Regional Nonfiction by the Independent Publisher Book Awards. Best Anthology by the International Book Awards, and an Okra Pick of the Southern Independent Booksellers Alliance. He’s writing a Microsoft Word document that just might be a novel.

On June 20th, Jonathan will discuss lessons Pat Conroy learned about the writing community and the importance of writer-to-writer mentoring.


3:00-4:00 Book Ends Book Club (“Get Inside Readers’ Minds: What They Love–and Don’t Love–about the Books They Read…and Why”)

The Book Ends book club started in February 2011 with a focus on Georgia authors. They began with four members and have grown to twelve active members. The group is known for their lively discussions at the Old School House Antiques & More Mall in Murrayville, GA.

They describe themselves as a close group that is open to other’s opinions.  Some months, most of them will like the book they’d selected but, other times, they’re split down the middle. Their favorite activity is having the author join them for their book discussion.

On June 20th, members of the Book Ends book club will discuss what they love–and don’t love–about the books they read and why, to give writers some insights about how readers respond to the written word.