NEW SCHEDULE, MINOR CHANGES
Here is the updated schedule of events for the 2017 Dahlonega Literary Festival.
Please note that all the events will take place at the Dahlonega Baptist Church Fellowship Hall, 234 Hawkins St., the Community House, 111 N. Park St., and the Woodmen of the World Meeting Room above Cranberry Corners, 44 N Park St. There is ample parking at DBC, so consider parking there even if you’re going to a different venue.
Regional Writers will be set up downstairs in the DBC Fellowship Hall all day Saturday, and panels and presentations will be in adjacent classrooms.
FoxTale Book Shoppe, from Woodstock, GA, will have copies of the featured authors’ books for sale and book signings and panels are scheduled throughout the festival at the CH.
The Headline Presentations by Cassandra King and Rita Mae Brown will be in the WOW Meeting Room on Saturday, and panel discussions will take place there on Sunday. The meeting room is up the stairs behind Cranberry Corners, across the street from Hancock Park.
We hope you enjoy the whole weekend!
— SCHEDULE —
SATURDAY, MARCH 25, 2017
9:00-10:00 – Panel: “From the Mountains to the Oceans: the Place of Place In Writing”
Ann Hite, Erika Marks, and June Hall McCash
Moderator: Rona Simmons DBC Rm. 28
Panel: “The Importance of Genre in Fiction.”
J.D. Jordan, William Rawlings, Linda Sands, Susan Sands, and Kim Wright
Moderator: George Weinstein DBC Rm. 30
Individual Presentation: “CASCADIA: a Novel About a Tragedy That Will Happen”
Buzz Bernard Community House
10:15-11:15 – Panel: “The Butler Did It: Mysteries, Suspense & Thrillers,”
Buzz Bernard, Maggie Mitchell, Linda Sands, and George Weinstein
Moderator: William Rawlings DBC Rm. 30
Individual Presentation: “Writing & Linguistics”
Jacob Appel Community House
Individual Presentation: “Illustrating Harry Potter”
by Mark Braught BC Rm. 28
11:30-12:15 – Headliner Cassandra King: “The Life and Works of Pat Conroy” Woodmen of the World Bldg.
LUNCH WITH THE AUTHORS! 12:30 – 1:45 PM
2:00-2:45 – Headliner Rita Mae Brown: “Language Exerts Power (Like the Moon on the Tides)” Woodmen of the World Bldg.
3:15-4:15 – Panel: “Writing About Race Relations: Where Do We Go From Here?” Valerie Boyd and William Rawlings
Moderator: Jackie Cooper DBC Rm. 28
Panel: “Y’all Read This? Does Southern Sell?”
Bryce Gibson, Maggie Mitchell, Susan Sands, and Kim Wright
Moderator: Ann Hite DBC Rm. 30
Workshop: “Marketing for Writers: Using Social Media”
Nick Kastner Woodmen of the World
4:30-5:30 – Panel: “Hail to the Heroines: Characters in Women’s Fiction”
Erika Marks, June Hall McCash and Susan Sands
Moderator: Ann Hite DBC Rm. 28
Panel: “Funny Business: Using Humor in Writing”
Jacob Appel, Rita Mae Brown, and Jackie Cooper Moderator: Jameson Gregg DBC Rm. 30
Special Presentation: “The Reading Gender Gap: How Men & Women Read Differently”
Book Widows Community House
5:30 – Reception and Awards: for Student Writing Contest winners Community House
SUNDAY, MARCH 26
11 to Noon – Panel: “Characters We Care About: Real & Fictitious”
Cassandra King, Linda Sands and Kim Wright
Moderator: William Rawlings WOW Bldg
Individual Presentation: “The Art of Illustrating Books”
Mark Braught Community House
12:15 to 1:15 – Panel: “Skeletons in the Closet: The Role of Family Secrets & Truths in Writing”
Jackie Cooper, Erika Marks and Rona Simmons
Moderator: Candice Dyer WOW Bldg
Workshop: “So You Wanna Be a Writer”
by George Weinstein Community House
1:30-2:30 – Panel: “The Role of the Reader: How to Engage”
Buzz Bernard, Rita Mae Brown, Ann Hite, Erica Mason, June Hall McCash, and Maggie Mitchell
Moderator: Dr. Kristin Kelly WOW Bldg
Panel: “The Author’s Business Mindset: What Every Author Needs to Know” Valerie Boyd, Mark Braught, Jeremy Logan, and Susan Sands
Moderator: George Weinstein Community House
2:45-3:30 – Headliner Ambassador Jonathan Addleton: “The Dust of Kandahar: A Diplomat Among Warriors in Afghanistan” Community House
Closing and Farewells
BOOK SIGNING SCHEDULE – All at the Community House
10:15 – 10:45 am Jackie Cooper, Ann Hite, Erika Marks, June Hall McCash, Kim Wright, Susan Sands,
3:00 -3:30 pm Jacob Appel, Mark Braught, Rita Mae Brown, Cassandra King, Linda Sands, George Weinstein
4:30-5:00 pm Buzz Bernard, Valerie Boyd, Maggie Mitchell, William Rawlings
5:30 pm Book Widows (Valerie Joan Connors, Susan Jimison, Constance McKee, Rona Simmons) – immediately following their presentation
3:30 pm Jonathan Addleton immediately following his presentation
The Dahlonega Literary Festival is supported by donations and grants from Georgia Humanities, in partnership with the Georgia Department of Economic Development, and the Georgia Council for the Arts, through funding from the Georgia General Assembly.