Reading Matters

Novelist Jason Mott to be keynote speaker

Last December, I heard North Carolina novelist Jason Mott speak at a literary event at the Mint Museum.

Rarely, have I encountered anyone so articulate and with such good practical advice about the writing process.

Revision? He’s a believer.

Sticking with it? He’s a preacher.

Waiting for inspiration? Against his religion.

A native of Bolton, with a BFA in fiction and an MFA in poetry, both from the University of North Carolina at Wilmington, Mott has written two novels, “The Returned,” a New York Times bestseller (the basis for ABC’s TV drama “Resurrection”) and “The Wonder of All Things,” published last year.

Mott will be the keynote speaker at the 2nd Annual Writer’s Conference and Book Fair, sponsored by the Charlotte Writing Academy, Nov. 5-7, at the Hilton Garden Inn in Pineville.

Other conference speakers will be Lori Ann Davis, a relationship specialist with a private practice in Charlotte; Susan Sloate of Mt. Pleasant, S.C., who published three novels, each written during a 90-day period; Lynda Bouchard, founder of Booking Authors Ink, a marketing firm dedicated to authors; Craig Faris of Rock Hill, author of a debut thriller, “The Spectrum Conspiracy”; Len Lawson, a poet, who teaches in Sumter, S.C.; Angela Haigler who teaches writing at CPCC and received an MFA in creative writing from Queens University of Charlotte; R. Frank Bowers of Indian Trail, founder of the Walking by Faith 4 Life Ministries; Caroline Hall, editor and proof reader; Lisa Heidrich, speaker and writing coach; Cathy Pickens. who teaches in the business school at Queens University of Charlotte and author of “Southern Fried” mysteries and a walking mystery tour of Charleston; and Paul Marks, who teaches leadership, public speaking and quick thinking skills.

To register:

Early registration: $149.

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