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.

2016 Dahlonega Literary Festival Kick-off Reception

Friday, August 21st, 5:30-7:30pm ET

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

2015 Featured Author: Lynn Cullen

Lynn Cullen Author Photo 2013Lynn Cullen grew up in Fort Wayne, Indiana, the fifth girl in a family of seven children. She learned to love history combined with traveling while visiting historic sites across the U.S. on annual family camping trips. She attended Indiana University in Bloomington and Fort Wayne, and took writing classes with Tom McHaney at Georgia State. She wrote children’s books as her three daughters were growing up, while working in a pediatric office and later, at Emory University on the editorial staff of a psychoanalytic journal. While her camping expeditions across the States have become fact-finding missions across Europe, she still loves digging into the past. She does not miss, however, sleeping in musty sleeping bags. Or eating canned fruit cocktail. She now lives in Atlanta with her husband, their dog, and two unscrupulous cats.

Lynn Cullen’s newest novel, Mrs. Poe, examines the fall of Edgar Allan Poe through the eyes of his lover, poet Francis Osgood. A National Bestseller, Mrs. Poe has been named a Target Book Club Pick, a NPR 2013 Great Read, an Oprah.com “Books That Make Time Stand Still,” an Editor’s Pick at The Historical Novels Review, an Atlanta Magazine Best Books 2013, and an Indie Next Pick. Lynn is also the author of The Creation of Eve, named among the best fiction books of 2010 by The Atlanta Journal-Constitution and as an April 2010 Indie Next selection. She has written numerous award-winning books for children, including the young adult novel I Am Rembrandt’s Daughter, which was a 2007 Barnes & Noble “Discover Great New Writers” selection, and an ALA Best Book of 2008. Her novel, Reign of Madness, about Juana the Mad, daughter of the Spanish Monarchs Isabella and Ferdinand, was chosen as a 2011 Best of the South selection by the Atlanta Journal Constitution and was a 2012 Townsend Prize finalist” and was chosen as a “Book That All Georgians Should Read” by the Georgia Center for the Book.  Her newest picture book for children, “Dear Mr. Washington” about how the children of the painter Gilbert Stuart got the President to smile for his portrait now on the dollar bill, was released by Dial/Penguin Books for Young Readers in January 2014  She is currently working on a novel about the women in the life of Mark Twain.

2015 Featured Illustrator: Mark Braught

Mark Braught is an award-winning illustrator who has created images for numerous corporations, design firms, advertising agencies and publishers in the United States and Europe. He has taught at the University of Georgia, Creative Circus, and the Portfolio Center as well as workshops and presentations for the Society of Children’s Book Writers & Illustrators, numerous literary festivals, universities, high schools and elementary schools across the country.

Projects & Clients include The Kentucky Derby, Warner Brothers, Scholastic, Sleeping Bear Press, Newsweek, Citibank, Visa, Learner Publishing, Oxford Press among others.

MBraughtBraught is the illustrator of the children’s books P is for Peach, A Georgia AlphabetCosmo’s Moon, Dear Baby, I’m Watching Over You, T is for Touchdown, A Football Alphabet, J is For Jump Shot, A Basketball Alphabet, and Ellen Craft’s Escape from Slavery, and Piggles Choice in addition to a number of book covers including Princess Nevermore and Cam’s Quest.




2015 Featured Author: Kathryn Hinds

KHindsKathryn Hinds is a prolific author whose short stories and poetry have appeared in a number of journals and anthologies. Her most recent publications are The Healer’s Choice,  a feminist fantasy novel published by Dark Oak Press, and The Forty, a collaboration with photographer Fox Gradin and author James Palmer that re-envisions the tale of Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves. Kathryn’s first poetry collection, Candle, Thread, and Flute, came out from Luna Station Press in 2013. That year also saw the release of her six-book series Creatures of Fantasy (Cavendish Square), which brought her total number of nonfiction books for children and young adults to fifty. Her current works in progress include a sequel to The Healer’s Choice along with a novel in verse and a collection of steampunk short stories. Kathryn did graduate work in comparative literature and medieval studies at the City University of New York and is now a lecturer in the English Department of the University of North Georgia. She has lived in Dahlonega, Georgia, since 1995.

DeVos, Jones, And Ulken Added to Regional Writers

DLF logo finalThe Dahlonega Literary Festival is excited to announce the addition of three more writers to our line-up. Ed Devos, Dr. Anne B. Jones, and Ellen Hunter Ulken will be joining the festival this year in our Regional Writers section. 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 Featured Author: Erika Marks

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAOn the long and winding road to publishing, Erika Marks worked as an illustrator, an art director, a cake decorator, and a carpenter. A native New Englander, Erika now lives and writes in Charlotte, North Carolina, with her husband and their two little mermaids. She is the author of It Comes in Waves, Little Gale Gumbo, The Mermaid Collector, and The Guest House.

Mize and Page Added to Regional Writers Line-up

Please join the Dahlonega Literary Festival in welcoming two writers to our Regional Writers line-up. Dianne Mize, author of Finding Freedom to Create, and Rodney Page, author of Powers Not Delegated, will be joining us for the 2015 DLF. Learn more about these writers and other members of our line-up by visiting our Regional Writers page, where you can also learn more about applying to be a part of this year’s festival.

Now Accepting PayPal Donations

We have made it easier than ever to donate to the Dahlonega Literary Festival. You can now give however much you wish using PayPal! It’s safe, secure, and you can choose to donate whatever amount is right for you. And the tax paper work(that legal stuff we give you so you may write-off the amount you gave on your tax return) will be sent to the address that you provide during the PayPal donation process.

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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.