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Our monthly virtual Open Mic Night is hosted by Brooke McKinney and presented in partnership between the Pat Conroy Literary Center and the South Carolina Writers Association. Our featured writer for January is journalist and fiction writer Michael L. Miller, author of the debut novel The Hip Shot. Join us live on the Conroy Center’s Facebook page for readings by a pantheon of participating writers from in and beyond our South Carolina lowcountry.

Online with Facebook Live
Thursday, January 13, 2022 at 6 PM – 7:30 PM EDT
Price: Free · Duration: 1 hr 30 min

Interested in reading as part of Open Mic? Contact host Brooke McKinney at

We want to build our community of writers and an appreciation for the art and talent of new, emerging, and long-time writers. Thank you for supporting this partnership!

About our featured writer:
Michael MillerBefore earning a master’s degree in journalism from the University of South Carolina in 1984, Michael L. Miller was a construction worker, bellhop, surfer, shoe salesman, tennis bum, and record store clerk, to name a few. He poured his life experiences into an 18-year career at The State newspaper in Columbia, South Carolina, and accumulated numerous awards from the South Carolina Press Association. His feature stories were syndicated nationally. He published Hootie: How the Blowfish put Pop back into Pop Rock in 1997, and was awarded a 2007 South Carolina Fiction prize for his short story “The Lamp,” leading to the publication of his first short-story collection, Lonesome Pines. He was instrumental in founding the arts advocacy group One Columbia in his hometown and launching a citywide reading initiative called One Book, One Community. The Hip Shot is his first novel.

This program and others like this would not be possible without your financial help for which, as always, Pat Conroy Literary Center gratefully thanks you.
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