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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2016 Featured Author: Joshilyn Jackson

2016 Featured Author Joshilyn Jackson Photo by E V Jackson

2016 Featured Author Joshilyn Jackson
Photo by E V Jackson

New York Times and USA Today Bestselling novelist Joshilyn Jackson is the author of seven novels: Someone Else’s Love Story, gods in AlabamaBetween, GeorgiaThe Girl Who Stopped SwimmingBackseat SaintsA Grown-Up Kind of Pretty, and most recently The Opposite of Everyone. Her books have been translated into a dozen languages, won SIBA’s novel of the year, three times been a #1 Book Sense Pick, twice won Georgia Author of the Year, and three times been shortlisted for the Townsend prize. She lives in Decatur, Ga with her husband and their two children.