The 2018 Dahlonega Literary Festival is proud to announce that four one-hour writer’s workshops will be on the Program, so if you are a writer we hope that these workshops will be helpful to you.

As we gear up for the festival that will be held in just a few short weeks, we are going to start posting more about our upcoming workshops!! These workshops will be held during the festival, March 24th and 25th!

All workshops are open and free to the public! #dlf #dahlonegalit#dahlonegaliteraryfest#dahlonegaliteraryfestival #dahlonega

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“Memoir Writing: Pump It Up!”  with Jedwin Smith

Saturday, March 24, 2018, 2:00-3:00pm

Dahlonega Baptist Church Library

Join Jedwin Smith with his workshop “Memoir Writing: Pump It Up!” on Saturday March 24th! Everyone has a story to tell, but sometimes we just need help telling it! If that sounds like you, then this memoir writing workshop is for you! Come on down to the festival on March 24th, and bring your friends for this incredible workshop, and then enjoy the rest of the weekend with your favorite writers and authors!



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“No Conspiracy: How To Get Published”  with Bill Walsh

Saturday, March 24, 2018, 3:15-4:15pm

Dahlonega Baptist Church Library

 “No Conspiracy: How to Get Published” with Bill Walsh will be held Saturday March 24th 2018. The location will be announced closer to the festival! Bring a pen and a notepad… you’re going to want to take notes for this one! Come hear all about how to get published with Bill Walsh!



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“Writing For The Screen: Screenwriting Workshop”  with Michael Buchanan

Saturday, March 24, 2018, 10:15-11:15am

(This Workshop has been moved from Sunday, March 25, 2018 to above date.)

Dahlonega Baptist Church Library

I love a good workshop! Here’s one that will be held during the festival! “Writing For the Screen: Screenwriting Workshop” with Michael Buchanan! I don’t know about you, but we certainly cannot wait for this workshop! Michael Buchanan, the author of “The Fat Boy Chronicles” will be giving this wonderful workshop during the festival, March 24th! Come with your favorite notebook and special writing pen, and join us for Michael’s workshop!



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“What Readers Can Learn From Writers”  with George Weinstein

Saturday, March 24, 2018, 4:30-5:30pm

Dahlonega Baptist Church Library

Check out this cool workshop that will be held during the Festival next weekend! “What Readers Can Learn From Writers” with George Weinstein will be Saturday March 24th! Have you ever wondered what you could learn from your favorite authors and writers? Well, now is the time to find out! Come to George’s workshop; you might learn a thing, or two!

**All workshops are free and open to the public! The Dahlonega Literary Festival is March 24th and 25th, 2018!


We hope you writers out there will be attending!

Click here to view our complete Program Schedule.




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Featured author spotlight! Meet Man Martin, a two-time winner of Georgia Author of the Year! His novel “Lemon Jell-O Syndrome” is currently a finalist for the Townsend Prize, and has been described as “laugh out loud funny” by Kirkus Reviews. Man also draws a comic strip called “Inkwell Forest,” and it can be found at manmartin.glogspot.com. Man currently lives in Atlanta with his wife Nancy, and he is a high school English teacher and coaches a debate team. Come on down to the festival in March, and meet Man!



Meet Dana Middleton! Dana is a children’s author from our very own Dahlonega, GA! Most of her inspiration for her books comes from her experiences from growing up on a farm here in Dahlonega. After moving to Los Angeles, Dana produced an Academy Award-nominated short film, and she was the recipient of a Los Angeles Theatre Ovation Award. Some of her children’s books includes “The Infinity Year of Avalon James,” and “Open If You Dare”. Dana still lives in Southern California with her husband, but she makes frequent trips to Dahlonega as much as she can!

If you would like more information on Dana Middleton, please visit her website at http://www.danamiddletonbooks.com/


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Meet Sarah Creech! She is the author of two novels, “Season of the Dragonflies,” and “The Whole Way Home”! Sarah’s short fiction and essays have appeared at various publications including “The Cortland Review,” “Writer’sDigest.com,” “StorySouth,” and “Literary Mama”. Sarah currently lives in North Carolina with her husband and children, and she teaches at Queens University of Charlotte! We are so excited to have Sarah with us at the festival!
For more information on the festival, please see our website https://www.literaryfestival.org
For more information on Sarah Creech, please visit her website https://sarahcreech.org 


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The Georgia Writers Museum and the Georgia Writers Hall of Fame join in celebrating the distinguished writers of Georgia.  These two organizations honor the lives, accomplishments, and works of Georgia’s writers.  They will have an information table at the 2018 Dahlonega Literary Festival that will be located in the Regional Writers Section located in the Fellowship Hall on the lower floor of the Dahlonega Baptist Church located at 234 Hawkins Street, Dahlonega, Ga.

The Georgia Writers Museum is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit located in Eatonton, Georgia.  It was founded to showcase the three famous local writers, Joel Chandler Harris, Flannery O’Connor, and Alice Walker and its goal is to collaborate with writer’s groups and literary organziations throughtout Georgia to build and promote a center for literary arts in the state’s Historic Heartland.  In addition, the Museum promotes writing workshops, lecture series, and book signing events.

The Georgia Writers Hall of Fame was established in 2000 as part of the Hargrett Rare Book and Manuscript Library in Athens, Georgia to honor Georgia writers and to introduce the public to the library’s rich collections for research into Georgia literature and cultural history.  Currently, it honors over sixty Georgia writers with an exhibit.  An annual public ceremony at the University of Georgia’s Richard B. Russell Building Special Collections Libraries celebrates each year’s annual inductees in conjunction with an exhibit of rare books and literary manuscripts.

While attending the 2018 DLF, please stop by the information table for these two wonderful organizations and learn more about them.



We are so excited to showcase all of our featured authors! Meet Phillippe Diedrich! Pen-named Danny Lopez for his mystery and thriller novels, Phillippe is the author of the “Dexter Vega Mysteries,” and “The Last Girl: A Mystery”. Phillippe is the author of “Playing for the Devil’s Fire,” a young adult novel. Phillippe also writes short stories which have been published in numerous literary journals, and his short stories have been nominated for the Puschcart nominations four times. His young adult novel “Finding Home at the End of the World” won the 2017 PEN/Phyllis Naylor Working Writer Fellowship. We are looking forward to having Phillippe at the festival!


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Meet UGA’s own Vince Dooley! Dooley has had a lasting impact on the University of Georgia, Southeastern Conference, and other collegiate athletics across the country. Dooley’s 25 years as head football coach earned him the distinction as the most successful coach in Georgia history. He guided the Bulldogs to a career record of 201-77-10 becoming only the ninth coach in NCAA Division I history to win over 200 games. The Bulldogs won one national championship (1980) and six SEC Championships under his direction. He was named NCAA National Coach of the Year by every major poll in 1980 and by Chevrolet-WTBS in 1982. A former president of the American Football Coaches Association, Dooley was named SEC Coach of the Year seven times and NCAA District Coach of the Year on six occasions. Under his watch as athletic director (since 1979), Georgia teams won 23 national championships (ten in his final six years) including an unprecedented four during the 1998-99 year (women’s swimming, gymnastics, men’s tennis, men’s golf). During Dooley’s tenure Georgia athletic teams won 78 SEC team championships and numerous individual national titles in both men’s and women’s sports.

Among his athletic achievements, Dooley has written a few books including two editions of “Dooley’s Dawgs” (with Loran Smith), “My 40 Years at Georgia” (with Tony Barnhart), “Dooley’s Playbook: The 34 Most Memorable Plays in Georgia Football History,” “Dooley’s Garden: A Horticultural Journey of a Football Coach,” and “History and Reminiscences of the University of Georgia”.

Whether you’re a Dawg’s fan or a book-lover, come on down to the festival, and meet Vince Dooley!



We have a new featured author that will be joining us at the festival! Meet Richard Jay Hutto! One of the foremost historians of the Gilded Age, he compiled and edited “Accepted Fables,” the autobiography of Jordan Massee, and wrote “Entitled: American Women,” “Titled Husbands,” and “The Pursuit of Excess.” Richard has also written “Crowning Glory: American Wives of Princes and Dukes,” and “Their Gilded Cage: The Jekyll Island Club Members.” His most recent book, “A Peculiar Tribe of People: Murder and Madness in the Heart of Georgia,” was adapted on television by “Investigation Discovery.” Richard was featured as an on-air commentator. 

He has served as White House Appointments Secretary to the Carter family, he is a frequent international lecturer, and he served for ten years as an elected member of the City Council of Macon, Georgia. Come meet Richard at the festival in March!


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The Headliner Program for the 2018 Dahlonega Literary Festival has been announced!



Saturday, March 24, 2018, 11:30am

The Sanctuary of The Dahlonega Baptist Church

The Dahlonega Literary Festival is hosting its annual celebration of books once again this March! Taking place March 24-25, the Festival utilizes the beautiful and historic downtown square to bring entertainment and joy to readers and book lovers of all ages. Each year the Festival presents a slate of invited authors representing a variety of genres, sharing their ideas and experiences through different programs. This year, HRCGA’s Sonny Seals and George Hart will be giving the Headliner Presentation about the project’s beginning, present, and future. If you have not had the chance to attend an HRCGA presentation, now is your opportunity to do so. The event will be in the main Sanctuary at the Dahlonega Baptist Church at 11:30 am.  Book signing to  immediately follow.

Sonny Seals and George S. Hart founded Historic Rural Churches of Georgia in 2012 to research, document, and ultimately preserve some of the most historic and architecturally significant rural churches in the state.

In the foreword to their book, Historic Rural Churches of Georgia, President Jimmy Carter says “I am proud to be associated with the book and the movement to preserve the historic rural churches of Georgia.” The book presents the stories of forty seven rural churches from all areas of the state, with nearly three hundred color pictures of sanctuaries, grounds and cemeteries.

In 2017, the book won five major book awards including the National Society Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) Historic Preservation Award and most recently the Art Libraries Society of North America LoPresti Publication Award. Visit their website at www.hrcga.org  to learn more.

“Wonderfully arranged with superb photography. Historic Rural Churches of Georgia will make a great addition to anyone’s home or office. The memories of the people who lived, worshiped and died throughout the small communities in Georgia come alive once more. Sonny Seals and George S. Hart have created a timeless keepsake within the pages of this book.”

– Chris Worick Lumpkin County Historical Society

Looking forward to seeing you all at the VERY interesting and informative program.





We are going to start highlighting the featured authors that will be joining us for the upcoming festival in March! Today we are highlighting Jacob M. Appel. He is an American author, bioethicist, physician, lawyer and social critic. He is best known for his short stories, his work as a playwright, and his writing in the fields of reproductive ethics, organ donation, neuroethics and euthanasia. Appel’s novel The Man Who Wouldn’t Stand Up won the Dundee International Book Prize in 2012. We are so excited to have him as part of our featured authors. More info can be found on our website.