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

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.

2015 Schedule of Events is Here!

Saturday, March 28

9:00 -10:00  

  • Heroes and Villains: Creating Memorable Characters
    Panelists: Raymond Atkins, Ann Hite, Vicki Lane, Erika Marks, Man Martin, Cherie Priest,George Weinstein
    St. Luke’s, Rm. 103/105
  • I Have Been So Many People: A Discussion of Lee Smith’s Novels
    Presenter: Tanya Bennett
    St. Luke’s, Rm. 106
  • Writing and Illustrating Children’s Books
    Panelists: Mark Braught & Lynn Cullen
    St. Luke’s, Rm. 104

11:00-12:00 

12:00-12:30

12:30-1:30

  • Lunch with the Author 
    Locations and Reservation Information Soon

2:00-3:00

  • Beneath the Surface: The Scope of Fantasy 
    Panelists: Delilah S. Dawson, Molly Harper, Kevin Hearne, Kathryn Hinds, Ann Hite, Cherie Priest
    St. Luke’s, Rm. 103/105
  • The Element of Mystery in Fiction
    Panelists: Susan Boyer, Lynn Cullen, Vicki Lane, Cynthia Lott, Erika Marks, George Weinstein
    St. Luke’s, Rm. 106
  • Creating Images With Your Heart: the Emotional Component of Photography
    Presenter: Robb Helfrick
    St. Luke’s, Rm. 104

3:15-4:15

  • The Art of Non-Fiction
    Panelists: Jackie Cooper, Jessica Handler, Kathryn Hinds, Frances Mayes, Renea Winchester
    St. Luke’s, Rm. 103/105
  • Novel-writing Tips
    Presenter: Janice Hardy
    St. Luke’s, Rm. 104

4:30-5:30

  • Tickling the Funnybone: Using Humor  
    Panelists: Raymond Atkins, Susan Boyer, Delilah S. Dawson, Molly Harper, Kevin Hearne, Man Martin
    St. Luke’s, Rm. 103/105
  • Historical Fiction Set in the Golden Age of Medieval Moorish Spain
    Presenter: John D. Cressler
    St. Luke’s, Rm. 106
  • Character Drawing
    Presenter: Mark Braught
    St. Luke’s, Rm. 104

5:30-6:45 

  • Reception for Featured Authors and Regional Writers
    Open to the Public
    Community House

 

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

 

2014 Special Appearance: Tanya Long Bennett

tbennettTanya Long Bennett is a professor of English at University of North Georgia, Dahlonega, where she has been teaching for the last 14 years. In addition to “I Have Been So Many People”: A Study of Lee Smith’s Novels, her writing interests include a young adult novel called The Morleys in Space and a scholarly study of Louise Erdrich’s fiction. She enjoys teaching in the areas of composition and literary studies.

Keynote Speaker: Frances Mayes

FMayes_SBA_Bio-1In collaboration with the 2015 Southern Literary Festival, we are excited to have internationally bestselling author Frances Mayes as the keynote speaker for our 2015 festival. Mayes is most widely known for her book Under the Tuscan Sun. Her newest book, Under Magnolia: A Southern Memoir, will be released in paperback this Spring. The keynote address will take place at 11am EST in the University of North Georgia Health and Natural Sciences auditorium. It will be followed by a book signing in the same location. FoxTale Book Shoppe will be on site with books for sale.


Keynote Schedule:

11:00-12:00 Keynote address, Frances Mayes, UNG Health and Natural Sciences auditorium

12:00-12:30 Book-signing, UNG Health and Natural Sciences auditorium

2015 Special Appearance: John D. Cressler

JDCresslerJohn D. Cressler is Schlumberger Chair Professor at Georgia Tech and the author of five non-fiction books (two for general audiences) and the historical novel Emeralds of the Alhambra, a love story set in medieval Muslim Spain. Shadows in the Shining City is the second release in the Anthems of al-Andalus Series. Visit the author at http://johndcressler.com.

2015 Special Appearance: Renea Winchester

Renea Winchester is the author of three traditionally-published books, and two e-books. She leads workshops for the Georgia Writers Association and has judged the Georgia Author of the Year competition. She is also a long-time member of the Atlanta Writers RWinchesterClub and belongs to a phenomenal critique group that is affiliated with the AWC. Her work has won the Wilma Dykeman Award, and been nominated for a SIBA. Her short stories have been featured in numerous collections. Her latest work, Farming, Friends & Fried Bologna Sandwiches, is a publication of Mercer University Press. Renea is currently working on a novel titled Outbound Train.

www.reneawinchester.com

New Regional Writers Announced!

In the past few weeks, our additions to the Regional Writers section has swelled dramatically. We are excited to announce the addition of several new writers to the line-up:

Valerie Conners
Kerwin Frix
Lyn Froehlich
Jeremy Logan
Thomas H. McNeely
Ed Payne
Steven Spires
Judy Voss

Learn more about these author and their works on our Regional Writers page, and then come meet them in person at the 2015 Dahlonega Literary Festival!

Featured Authors

We are proud to announce our featured author line-up for the 2015 Dahlonega Literary Festival. Seventeen authors will be gracing Historic Downtown Dahlonega, Ga with the presence on March 28-29, 2015. Now here’s your chance to meet these authors in a intimate setting and even have lunch with your favorite!

The 2015 DLF Featured Authors are:

Raymond Atkins
Susan Boyer
Mark Braught
Jackie Cooper
Lynn Cullen
Delilah S. Dawson
Jessica Handler
Molly Harper
Kevin Hearne
Kathryn Hinds
Ann Hite
Vicki Lane
Erika Marks
Man Martin
Frances Mayes
Cherie Priest
George Weinstein