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Saturday, October 20, 2018 10 a.m.-4 p.m.

Duke Energy Convention Center

Free Admission

Writing & Getting Published

Hone your craft and get noticed! Back by popular demand, the festival will again feature presentations and panel discussions for writers.

Attendees will learn the ins and outs of the publishing world, where to find local writing and publishing resources, how to improve writing skills and more.

Schedule of Events

   10:30 a.m.  11:30 a.m.  12:30 p.m.  1:30 p.m.
Room 207/208

What Writers Read

What books are on a writer’s nightstand? How does one writer influence another? Can reading a book really alter a writer’s work?

Join author/panelists Tina Neyer, Jennifer Glaser (Borrowing Voices [2016], and Manuel Iris (Notebook of Dreams [2009], New Snow [2003], etc.) to learn what writers read, and how another author’s style and words impact their writing process. Crossing all genres, writers will be discussing their favorite authors and writers, books that inspire their writing, and how someone else’s story seeps into their writing.

Panel moderated by Diane Debevec, Executive Director, Women Writing for (a) Change


A Balancing Act: Writing and Life: a conversation with Jessica Strawser: Reader, Editor, Editor, Dreamer.

Jessica Strawser is editor-at-large for Writer’s Digest, the #1 publication for aspiring and working writers since 1920. By night, she is a writer with a debut novel, Almost Missed You, new from St. Martin’s Press (named to Barnes & Noble’s Best New Fiction shortlist for March) and Not that I Could Tell, forthcoming in 2018. 
Complimentary copies of Writer’s Digest will be available.

Facilitated by Cedric Rose, Librarian, The Mercantile Library

Books by the Banks Writing Contest 2017 Prizes

Learn about the Third Annual Books by the Banks Writing Contest and its winners


Flash Fiction Show and TellWord-slinger and journalist Michael D. Pitman emcees another flash fiction conflagration, inspired by Pitman provides writing prompts that light up the synapses of participating scribes, who will then share their work with the room.