Dahlonega Literary Festival

DLF logo square justThe Dahlonega Literary Festival is an annual celebration of books. The next festival will take place March 12-13, 2016. Situated in Historic Downtown Dahlonega, the festival continues to grow and become more and more entertaining as the years go on. We promise it will delight anyone who is a lover of books and reading. All festival events are free and open to the public unless otherwise noted.

Each year the festival presents a slate of invited authors representing a variety of genres sharing their ideas and experiences in various programs. In addition, a number of regional authors (ranging from local to other areas of the Southeast) have the opportunity to purchase a table to both interact with festival attendees and sell their books.

Check out the blog roll below for the latest news and updates from the festival committee.

Bring Your Novel to Life Workshop

Come join us on October 3, 2015 for a writing workshop presented by Janice Hardy. This event is brought to you by the Dahlonega Literary Festival as a fundraising event for the 12th Annual Dahlonega Literary Festival, which will be held March 12-13, 2016.

Great novels blend skilled writing with compelling storytelling, using a multitude of techniques to draw readers in and make them love the book. These techniques work together to build immersive story worlds, creating characters readers love, settings they want to live in, and stories they can’t put down.

In this half-day workshop, you’ll learn techniques to bring your novel to life for your readers. Use point of view to show, not tell, and draw readers in without infodumping; find the best ways to describe the setting and build a world; tap into the emotions of the characters and use those emotions to drive the plot and deepen the story; and how all these techniques work together to build a novel. With hands-on exercises, you’ll practice these techniques in class, and then put them to work in your own novel. Bring your laptop or pages!

Biography:
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Janice Hardy is the author of The Shifter, Blue Fire, and Darkfall from Balzer+Bray/Harper Collins. She’s also the founder of Fiction University, a site dedicated to helping writers improve their craft, and the author of Planning Your Novel: Ideas and Structure, a self-guided workshop for planning or revising a novel. For more information, please visit her website, www.JaniceHardy.com or her writing site, Fiction-University.com.

When:

October 3, 2015 10 a.m.-3 p.m.

Where:

Dahlonega Funeral Home
Community Special Event Room
20 Gibson Road D (on Hwy 60)
Dahlonega, GA 30533

Contact Information:

Carol Malcolm at cmalcolm@windstream.net

Cost:

$75 (lunch included)
Please make checks to Dahlonega Literary Festival:
Dahlonega Literary Festival
P.O. Box 1401
Dahlonega, GA 30533

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2016 Featured Author: Joshilyn Jackson

2016 Featured Author Joshilyn Jackson Photo by  E V Jackson

2016 Featured Author Joshilyn Jackson
Photo by E V Jackson

New York Times Bestselling novelist Joshilyn Jackson lives in Decatur, Georgia with her husband, Scott, their two children, Sam and Maisy Jane, and two feckless, dog-shaped wastrels who answer to Bagel and Ansley, especially if you are holding bacon. They all serve an orange tom named Mango in various capacities.

She is the author of six novels: Gods in Alabama, Between, Georgia, The Girl Who Stopped Swimming, Backseat SaintsA Grown-Up Kind of Pretty, and Someone Else’s Love Story. Her books have been translated into a dozen languages, won SIBA’s novel of the year, twice been a #1 Book Sense Pick, twice won Georgia Author of the Year, and twice been shortlisted for the Townsend prize.

SomeoneElsePBKA former actor, Jackson reads the audio versions of her novels; her work in this field has been nominated for the Audie Award, was selected by AudioFile Magazine for their best of the year list, has made the 2012 Audible All-Star list for highest listener ranks/reviews, and garnered three Listen Up Awards from Publisher’s Weekly. In 2012 Jackson began reading the audio versions of books written by other novelists, beginning with Shine Shine Shine by Lydia Netzer.

Her new novel, Someone Else’s Love Story (partially set in Dahlonega!), is the #1 Indie Next Pick, an Amazon Best Book of the Month, an Okra Pick, the She Reads book club selection, a LibraryReads Selection, and A Bloggers Recommend Pick, so pretty much everyone on the planet is telling you to blow off your errands, take a long lunch, sneak away to a coffee house, and read it.

2016 Kick-off Reception

The 2016 Dahlonega Literary Festival will take place March 12 &13, but planning has already begun. Interested in hearing about the opportunities to get involved with the 2016 festival? Our steering committee will be hosting our annual kick-off reception later this summer. Want to help plan the 2016 festivities? Curious about volunteering for the day of the festival? Then this is your chance to get involved. These gatherings are the open to anyone interested in assisting the festival in any way. We encourage you to come and to bring your friends!

The kick-off reception will take place Friday, August 21st, 5:30-7:30pm ET, at the United Community Bank in Dahlonega, GA.

What:
2016 Dahlonega Literary Festival Kick-off Reception

When:
Friday, August 21st, 5:30-7:30pm ET

Where:
United Community Bank
206 Morrison Moore Pkwy W
Dahlonega, GA 30533

Sunday Schedule

Sunday, March 29th

11:00-12:00 

  • Pucker Up: Writing Romance
    Panelists: Delilah S. Dawson, Molly Harper, Kathryn Hinds, Erika Marks, George Weinstein
    Community House

12:15-1:15

  • The Past as Inspiration: Using History
    Panelists: Lynn Cullen, Kevin Hearne, Jessica Handler, Cherie Priest, Kim Teter, George Weinstein
    Community House

1:30-2:30

  • Set in the South
    Panelists: Raymond Atkins, Susan Boyer, Mark Braught, Jackie Cooper, Jessica Handler, Ann Hite, Vicki Lane
    Community House

Dedicated Book Signing Schedule

Each author will have a dedicated time to sign books. These signings will take place in the Community House.

10:00-10:30 Raymond Atkins, Tanya Bennett, Mark Braught, Lynn Cullen, Ann Hite, Vicki Lane, Erika Marks, Man Martin, Cherie Priest, George Weinstein

3:00-3:30 Susan Boyer, Lynn Cullen, Delilah S. Dawson, Molly Harper, Kevin Hearne, Robb Helfrick, Kathryn Hinds, Ann Hite, Vicki Lane, Erika Marks, Cherie Priest, George Weinstein

4:15-4:45 Jackie Cooper, Jessica Handler, Janice Hardy, Kathryn Hinds, Frances Mayes, Renea Winchester

 

Dahlonega Literary Festival Lunch with the Author Locations

(*Call or email restaurant for reservations where noted)

Susan Boyer: Don Pollo, 125 East Main Street

Mark Braught: Spirits Tavern, 19 East Main Street

Jackie K Cooper: Back Porch Oyster Bar, 19 North Chestatee Street (706-864-8623)*

Lynn Cullen: Corkscrew Cafe, 51 West Main Street (706-867-8551)*

Jessica Handler: Crimson Moon, 24 North Park Street

Janice Hardy: Shenanigan’s, 87 North Chestatee St.

Molly Harper: Corkscrew Cafe, 51 West Main Street (706-867-8551)*

Robb Helfrick: Spirits Tavern, 19 East Main Street*

Kathryn Hinds: Gustavo’s, 16 Public Square

Ann Hite: Gustavo’s, 16 Public Square

Vicki Lane: Don Pollo, 125 East Main Street

Erika Marks: Bourbon Street Grill, 90 A Public Square North

Man Martin: Shenanigan’s, 87 North Chestatee St.

Cherie Priest: Bourbon Street Grill, 90 A Public Square North

George Weinstein: Back Porch Oyster Bar, 19 North Chestatee Street (706-864-8623)*

Renea Winchester: Bourbon Street Grill,  90 A Public Square North

Lunch seating with Frances Mayes, Kevin Hearne, Delilah S. Dawson, and Raymond Atkins is no longer available.

Passarella and Wright Added to Regional Writers

The festival approaches and we’re still getting new regional writers added to our 2015 line-up! Please join us in welcoming Lee Passarella and Dan Wright. To learn more about these authors, their books, and all the other Regional Writers participating in this year’s festival, head over to our Regional Writers section and the come meet them at the 2015 Dahlonega Literary Festival!

2015 Special Appearance: Janice Hardy

Janice Hardy RGB 72Janice Hardy is the author of the teen fantasy trilogy The Healing Wars, including The Shifter, Blue Fire, and Darkfall from Balzer+Bray/Harper Collins. The Shifter, was chosen for the 2014 list of “Ten Books All Young Georgians Should Read” from the Georgia Center for the Book. It was also shortlisted for the Waterstones Children’s Book Prize (2011), and The Truman Award (2011). She’s the founder of Fiction University, a site dedicated to helping writers improve their craft. The first book in her Foundations of Fiction series is Planning Your Novel: Ideas and Structure, a self-guided workshop for planning or revising a novel. She grew up in South Florida, but six hurricanes in one year encouraged her to move to a less tropical climate. She now happily lives in Georgia with her husband, one yard zombie, three cats, and a very nervous freshwater eel. For more information, please visit her at www.JaniceHardy.com or at her writing site, Fiction-University.com.