Dahlonega Literary Festival Receives Grants for Lumpkin Teen Writing Program
DAHLONEGA, GA – January 25, 2017 – Dahlonega Literary Festival (DLF) announced today that the non-profit organization had received two state-funded grants to support a program to encourage writing among Lumpkin middle and high school students.
The matching grants were awarded by Georgia Humanities, in partnership with the Georgia Department of Economic Development, and the Georgia Council for the Arts.
Money from the grants will go toward funding a four-part DLF writing program aimed at young writers. The program includes a short story contest, an Open Mic session, an Adopt-an-Author reading program, and a presentation by a noted Atlanta writer to Lumpkin County students. The DLF program runs through February and March, culminating March 25-26 with the thirteenth annual Dahlonega Literary Festival.
The DFL Teen Short Story Contest is open to Lumpkin middle and high school students in public, private, and home-schools. The winning high school writer receives $300 and the middle school winner gets $200. The Dahlonega Woman’s Club donated $500 for prize money as part of the matching grants, according to Trish Hawkins, DLF coordinator for the student writing program.
Contest winners will be announced March 25 at the Literary Festival, and The Dahlonega Nugget will publish both winning stories on the Nugget’s web site. Deadline to enter is March 1. Entry applications are available at the Lumpkin County Library and at the Lumpkin County Middle and High Schools.
The Spoken Word Open Mic is set for 7 p.m., March 8, at Lumpkin County Library. Budding authors, including teen writers, are encouraged to read excerpts from their works.
Also planned by DLF is Steve Allen’s Adopt-an-Author program where Lumpkin County High School students read a specific author’s book and then that author visits the school to discuss the book. At Lumpkin County Middle School, well known screenplay writer and choreographer Sandra Hughes will either perform or teach a workshop to Language Arts classes on writing.
Contest rules are available for download here. For more information about the program, contact Hawkins at 954-383-5717 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. For details about the festival, visit www.literaryfestival.org.
This project is supported by 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.