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Our third annual literary lab will once again focus on inspiring, encouraging, and empowering writers as we work to increase interest in reading and the literary arts. It will also feature our very own founder, JAN KARON.

This year is the 30th anniversary of At Home in Mitford. It’s also the year Jan has announced that she’s writing the 15th Mitford novel. During this year’s GetLit!, she’ll join museum director Sarah Thomas in a conversation that will span those years from debut author to #1 New York Times bestseller. Jan will also share a first look at book #15.

We hope you’ll join us for this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for writers (and readers) to glean valuable information from Jan’s 30+ years of experience as a novelist.

Additional 2024 GetLit! participating authors (more to come) include:

  • Heather Bell Adams – Nominated for the Pushcart Prize and the O’Henry Award. Author of The Good Luck Stone.
  • Tim Barnwell – One of the most published photographers in the South, Barnwell has authored eight books of photography and has recently launched a YouTube Channel – The Face of Appalachia.
  • Mark KempOur State Magazine Senior Editor and author of Dixie Lullaby: A Story of Music, Race, and New Beginnings in a New South.
  • Scott MasonA broadcast journalist and host of the Tar Heel Traveler. He has won dozens of awards for documentaries, writing, and feature reporting, including three National Edward R. Murrow awards and 20 regional Emmys.
  • Robin W. Pearson – Christy Award winning author of A Long Time Comin’ and Dysfuntion Junction.

Friday, September 27 – $25

3:30-5 p.m. – Photography as Storytelling Workshop – Tim Barnwell 

5:30-7 p.m. – Candace Freeland Photography of Merit Award & Reception

Saturday, September 28 – $75

9 a.m. – Registration

9:15 a.m. – Welcome

9:30-10:30 a.m. – Choose between two workshops

10:45-11:45 a.m. – Choose between two workshops

12-1:30 p.m. – Lunch and writing awards + Jan Karon in conversation with Museum Director Sarah Thomas in honor of the 30th anniversary of At Home in Mitford 

1:30-2:30 p.m. – Museum tours

2:30-3:30 p.m. – Choose between two workshops 

3:45-4:45 p.m. – Choose between two workshops

5-6:30 p.m. – Closing comments with open mic invitation followed by Wine & Words, meet-our-authors reception

Enter or 2024 Writing Contest with categories for ADULT and YOUTH entries. Click on the GetLit! Writing Contest 2024 for contest guidelines.

The Hampton Inn in Lenoir, NC, is our recommended hotel for the event. Call 828-758-7664 to book your room.

Refund Policy: You may apply for a refund of your full registration less a $10 processing fee 60 or more days in advance of the event (by July 30, 2024). Refunds of 50% are available 30-59 days out (July 31-August 28). No refunds are available with less than 30 days’ notice but the registration is transferrable to another attendee.


  • Heather Bell Adams – The Building Blocks of Story – In this session, our goal is to craft a new scene–or even an entire flash fiction piece. We’ll engage with fun prompts and focus on the components that make a compelling narrative. Bring your notebook and pen because this is a generative workshop designed to get your creative juices flowing and your brilliant words on the page.

  • Heather Bell Adams – How to Market Your Story – You’ve polished your project (story, novel, memoir, you name it) until it shines–now what? Whether your next step is querying agents or pitching editors, you will need to package your project in a succinct and attention-grabbing way. In this session, we’ll strategize “elevator pitches” and how to make your work stand out in a crowded marketplace.

  • Scott Mason – Journeys from the Tar Heel Traveler – For nearly 20 years, Scott Mason has wandered the state for WRAL-TV, telling stories of fascinating people and places for his nightly Tar Heel Traveler series. Scott will show videos of his most memorable pieces and reveal the stories behind the stories. He will also talk about the books, authors, and writings that shaped his career. He’ll offer tips on writing visually, from a camera’s point of view, to pull a reader into a scene.

    Caldwell County Library – Book Clubs 101 – Have you always longed to be part of a book club?  Or have you wanted to start your own book club, but you were not sure where to begin?  Join the Caldwell County Public Library for tips and advice on how to host a successful book club.  We will also share information about our exciting library sponsored book clubs.

  • Robin W. Pearson – “Wait” Is Not a Four-Letter Word (even though it is)There’s so much about the writer’s life that doesn’t make it into the manuscript. Often, that includes waiting. Discover ways to make “wait” an action verb when you find yourself in an in-between season. 

  • Robin W. Pearson – Fuel for the FireWe often think our everyday life interrupts our writing life. But it actually shapes and informs our writing! In this workshop, we’ll discuss how to use our daily experiences to inspire others, connect with readers, and build your platform.


Wednesday – Saturday
10am – 4pm


(828) 572-4898


145 Cedar Valley Road
Hudson, NC 28638