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!

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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, or her writing site,


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


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

Contact Information:

Carol Malcolm at


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

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2015 Featured Author: Molly Harper

MHarperMolly Harper worked for six years as a reporter and humor columnist for The Paducah Sun. Her reporting duties included covering courts, school board meetings, quilt shows, and once, the arrest of a Florida man who faked his suicide by shark attack and spent the next few months tossing pies at a local pizzeria. Molly lives in western Kentucky with her family.

More Regional Authors Added!

The Dahlonega Literary Festival is proud to welcome a slate of authors to our Regional Author line up. Check out their websites, read the books, and then come meet them at the festival!

  • Jim Booth, author of Completeness of the Soul: The Life and Opinions of Jay Breeze, Rock Star
  • Alison Reeger Cook, author of The Scholar, the Sphinx and the Shades of Nyx
  • George Winston Martin, author of My Brother, My Friend, My Enemy
  • Dennis G. McKenna, author of Where Do Doctors Hide Their Wings?
  • William L. Stuart, author of Gemstone Chronicles
  • Fiona Page, author of My Nightlife is 24/7

Writers’ Workshop Announcement

Creating Compelling Characters: a unique Writing Workshop experience with   award-winning author Susan Hubbard. Come spend a week at lovely Lily Creek Lodge in beautiful Dahlonega, Georgia for an immersion approach to honing your craft.

Attendees will receive personalized instruction and feedback in a small-group setting (workshop is limited to 10 participants). Fee includes workshop, lodging, and all meals. For more information and a detailed schedule, visit the webpage:

Committee Meeting

The Dahlonega Literary Festival steering committee held their first meeting of the year on Jan 10th. The meeting’s purpose was to choose committees and chairs. If you live in or around Dahlonega and are interested in volunteering on a committee, comment on this post detailing how you’d be interested in helping. You will be contacted and directed to the appropriate committee chairperson.


Updates to the website are coming along. We have added pictures from the 2011 festival, as well as our “about” page, and driving directions from Atlanta. If you’re interested in sponsoring, please see our sponsor and sponsorship page.

Thank you for you patience.

Under Construction

The Dahlonega Literary Festival Website is Currently undergoing some much needed updating. Please check back for the latest information about the 9th Annual Literary Festival to take place in November 2012. We will also be adding pictures and information about past events. Thanks so much for your patience! In the mean time, don’t forget to Like us on Facebook! The Link is to the left side of this posting.