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




  • Lunch with the Author 
    Locations and Reservation Information Soon


  • 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


  • 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


  • 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


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


Sunday, March 29th


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


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


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


Lunch with the Authors

Come sit down and have lunch with your favorite DLF authors. Here are the Lunch with the Author Locations for Saturday, March 8, from 12:30-1:30 (attendees are responsible for their own meals):

  • Raymond Atkins: Shenanigan’s (for reservations: cmalcolm@windstream.net)
  • Michael Bishop: Crimson Moon
  • Kim Boykin: Piazza
  • Mark Braught: Don Pollo
  • Jackie Cooper: Don Pollo
  • Alex Hughes: Pueblo’s
  • Joshilyn Jackson: Bourbon Street Grill (for reservations: cmalcolm@windstream.net)
  • Terry Kay: Back Porch Oyster Bar (for reservations, call 706-864-8623)
  • Cassandra King: Corkscrew Cafe (for reservations, call 706-867-8551)
  • Susan Lindsley: Crimson Moon
  • Charles McNair: Corkscrew Cafe
  • Erika Marks: Back Porch Oyster Bar
  • William Rawlings: Piazza
  • Deanna Raybourn: Pueblo’s (for reservations, call 706-867-7155)
  • James R. Tuck: Shenanigan’s
  • George Weinstein: Bourbon Street Grill

Special Appearance authors:

  • Delilah S. Dawson: Picnic Cafe
  • Ann Hite: Gustavo’s


Information about the Write-In taking place after the festival is over, from 3-6 on Sunday, at Starbuck’s:

Writing doesn’t need to be a solitary endeavor! Bring your writing implement (computer, paper/pen, Alphasmart, etc.) and join fellow writers as we put words on the page, share ideas, gather inspiration, offer commiseration, discuss writing, and of course—write!

We will have activities such as word wars, where we set a timer for 10-15 minutes, then everyone writes as many words as they can till the timer goes off. The winner gets bragging rights until the next war and a prize. We will also have word challenges from the Box of Doom (draw a word or writing prompt from the box and try to include that topic or word in your next scene) for each word war, StoryCubes for inspiration, a writing reference station for those who need a dictionary/thesaurus, and a procrastination station with fun activities for those who need a break. Let’s get writing!

Coffee/tea/snacks will be available for purchase from Starbucks downstairs.

Updated Schedule

Saturday, March 8th 
*All Programming at St. Luke’s unless otherwise noted


1. Creating Characters That Readers Care About (Rm. 103/105)
Panelists: Raymond Atkins, Michael Bishop, Kim Boykin, Terry Kay, Cassandra King, Erika Marks, George Weinstein
2. Writing and Illustrating Children’s Books, a mini-workshop with Mark Braught (Rm. 106)
(also featuring Patsy Henry and Ed T. Payne)


1. Dahlonega in the Spotlight: Someone Else’s Love Story, A Book Talk with Joshilyn Jackson (Rm. 103/105)
2. Writing Fantasy and Science Fiction, a mini-workshop with Alex Hughes and James R. Tuck (Rm. 106)


1. Glimpse of the Past: Incorporating History Into Fiction (Rm. 103/105)
Panelists: Delilah S. Dawson, Cassandra King, Charles McNair, Erika Marks, Deanna Raybourn, Denise Weimar
2. Writing Fiction: Regional Authors Share Their Experiences (Rm. 303/305)
Panelists: Jim Booth, Sue Cass, Alison Reeger Cook, Mitch Doxsee, Mike Herron, C.D. Mitchell, Madelyn Shepard, Bill Stuart
3. Character Drawing with Mark Braught (Rm. 106)

12:30–1:30 Lunch with the Author (at area restaurants–attendees responsible for their meals)


1. Fantasy for Everyone: The Many Realms of Speculative Fiction (Rm. 103/105)
Panelists: Michael Bishop, Delilah S. Dawson, Ann Hite, Alex Hughes, James R. Tuck, Jadie Jones
2. Truth Be Told: Writing Non-Fiction (Rm. 303/305)
Panelists: Susan Lindsley, William Rawlings, Kent Kammermeyer, Dennis McKenna, Carroll McMahan, Fiona Page, Carlotta Russell
3. Writing Poetry, a mini-workshop with Kathryn Hinds, also featuring Jeff Newberry (Rm. 106)


1. From Chuckles to Belly Laughs: Hitting the Right Note with Humor (Rm. 103/105)
Panelists: Raymond Atkins, Kim Boykin, Jackie Cooper, Joshilyn Jackson, Terry Kay, Charles McNair, James R. Tuck
2. Stonepile Writers Reading (Rm. 303/305)
3. Writing Mysteries, a mini-workshop with Deborah Malone (Rm. 106)


1. On the Edge of Our Seats: The Element of Suspense in Fiction (Rm. 103/105)
Panelists: Alex Hughes, Susan Lindsley, William Rawlings, Deanna Raybourn, George Weinstein, Saundra Kelley. Julia McDermott
2. Southern Poetry Anthology Presentation and Reading (Rm. 303/305)
3. Preparing Your Manuscript, a mini-workshop with April Loebick, Managing Editor, University of North Georgia Press (Rm. 106)

5:15–6:30 Author Meet-and-Greet, Open to the Public, Community House

7:00 Saturday Night Live: Dinner at Don Pollo’s
Buffet dinner for $17.99 plus tax, or order from the menu. Six of our featured authors will read short selections.

Sunday, March 9th 
*Programming held at Community House


What is Southern Fiction, Anyway?
Panelists: Raymond Atkins, Kim Boykin, Jackie Cooper, Terry Kay, Cassandra King, Charles McNair, George Weinstein


The Role of Setting in Fiction
Panelists: Michael Bishop, Mark Braught, Alex Hughes, Susan Lindsley, Erika Marks, William Rawlings, James R. Tuck

After the Festival Fun for Writers:

3:00–6:00 p.m.

Write-In (Starbuck’s next to UNG campus)
How would you like to meet with other aspiring writers to discuss issues, offer support, share ideas, and even play a game or two? Word Wars and Word Challenges will be part of the fun. Come and join in after the other festival events are over.

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.

2016 Festival Authors will include:

Karen Abbott
Jacob M. Appel
Delilah S. Dawson
Ann Hite
Joshilyn Jackson
Jaye Wells

And more to come…

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

Lunch with the Authors

Have lunch with your favorite author on Saturday, November 10th! Below is the list of authors and where they’re having lunch. Please note that it is best if you call the restaurant ahead of time to make reservations. Some of these places fill up FAST! Click on the Restaurant names to visit their website and preview the menu.


Nov. 10, 2012  11:30 to 12:30

Call restaurant for a reservation


Bourbon Street Grill   706-864-0086
Gregg Loomis
Kimberly Brock

Corkscrew                   706-867-8551
Carole Townsend
Cindy Woodsmall

Crimson Moon            706-864-3982
A. J. Hartley
J. T. Ellison

Dante’s                        706-864-4091
Britt Menzies
Carol Marsh

Piazza                          706-867-9881
Karen White
Nick Wynne

Porter House               706-867-0448
Jackie Cooper

Pueblo’s                      706-867-7155
Delilah Dawson
Mark Braught
Mark Warren

Shenanigan’s              706-482-0114
Ann Hite
Joe Morgan

Yahoola Creek            706-482-2200
Faith Hunter
Barbara Brown Taylor


Skeleton Schedule now Available!

This year’s festival will take place on November 10 & 11th. CLICK HERE to access the skeleton schedule (You will need to have Adobe Reader, a free program, installed to view) As we receive feedback from our authors, the schedule will include who is doing what panel and where.

Please note that the schedule is always subject to change. Keep checking back for the most up-to-date schedule!