Village Books is pleased to join forces with Whatcom Writers and Publishers to co-host their monthly virtual supper club.
Each month on the second Wednesday, we host a guest author or explore a new topic to connect Whatcom Writers and industry speakers.
Topic: Pathways to Publication, presented by Jonathan Haupt, executive director of the Pat Conroy Literary Center
This discussion for writers at all levels of experience offers an overview of how best to identify and utilize directories of vetted opportunities for publication (agents, publishers, contests, and journals) with an emphasis on pathways into small independent presses. From traditional models to self-publishing to hybrid, myriad opportunities now exist for writers, but finding legitimate paths to publication can be a challenge for many burgeoning writers. By way of introduction to the topic, this session will also include the instructive and hilariously cautionary story of how Pat Conroy's first two books, The Boo and The Water Is Wide, came to be published.
Jonathan Haupt is the executive director of the nonprofit Pat Conroy Literary Center and the former director of the University of South Carolina Press, where he created the Story River Books fiction imprint with Conroy, named by Garden & Gun Magazine as one of "the top ten things to love about the South." Jonathan’s book reviews and author interviews have appeared in the Charleston Post and Courier, Beaufort Lowcountry Weekly, Beaufort Lifestyle magazine, Savannah Morning News Beacon magazine, Southern Review of Books, and Southern Writers Magazines Suite T blog. He is co-editor with Nicole Seitz of the anthology Our Prince of Scribes: Writers Remember Pat Conroy, now the winner of 17 book awards. Jonathan also serves on the boards of the South Carolina Academy of Authors and the Friends of South Carolina Libraries and the affiliates committee of the American Writers Museum. In 2020, he was recognized with the Doug Marlette Literacy Leadership Award, presented by the Pulpwood Queens, the largest book club in the U.S.
The nonprofit Pat Conroy Literary Center was established in 2016 to honor and continue the legacy of best-selling writer Pat Conroy, the author of The Prince of Tides, The Lords of Discipline, The Great Santini, The Water Is Wide,and more. The Conroy Center is both an interpretive center to the writing and teaching life of Pat Conroy and an educational center offering instruction and resources for readers, writers, teachers, and students. Based in Conroy's adopted hometown of Beaufort, South Carolina, the Center has been recognized as South Carolina's first affiliate of the American Writers Museum, second American Library Association Literary Landmark, winner of Beaufort's 2019 Civitas Award for Tourism Leadership, and Tripadvisor's top-rated destination in Beaufort. Many of the Conroy Center's writing workshops, author discussions, lectures, and tours are available online as virtual programs. Learn more at www.patconroyliterarycenter.org or on the Conroy Center's Facebook page and YouTube channel.