We have four workshops planned for the 2019 DLF.  We hope you will attend and find them useful:


“Poetry: Write It In Verse”

TIME:  10:15 – 11:15 a.m.      ROOM:  Church Library



BILL WALSH will be conducting our Poetry Workshop.

Bill Walsh is the director of the Etowah Valey Writing Program at Reinhardt University in Waleska Georgia and a southern narrative poet in the tradition of James Dickey, David Bottoms, and Fred Chappell.

In 2017, he won the Cervana Barva poetry prize and the Červená Barva Press has published his winning manuscript, “Fly Fishing in Times Square.” “I am grateful and humbled by this award because I know how difficult it is to win,” Walsh said. “Any of the five finalists could have won. However, winning validates all the hard work and sacrifice we make as artists.” His work has appeared in several other publications.

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“Memoir Writing: Writing a Legacy”

TIME:  11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.      ROOM:  Church Library



CAROL CRAWFORD will be conducting our Memoir Workshop.

Crawford has been teaching writing and helping writers meet their goals for over twenty years. Her mission is not to change your writing, but to make it the best it can be. She has been published in a variety of journals and reviews including the “Southern Humanities Review”, the “Concho River Review,” the “Journal of Kentucky Studies”, and others.

She graduated from Baylor University as a journalism and English major and has worked in public relations, adult education, and non profit agencies, helping them produce newsletters and other communication tools to get their message to the public.

Since its inception in 1996, she has served as Program Coordinator for the annual Blue Ridge (GA) Writers’ Conference and she teaches writing courses at the John Campbell Folk School.

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“Publishing: Promoting Your Writing”

TIME:  2:00 – 3:00 p.m.    ROOM:  Church Library



VICTORIA COMELLA will be conduction our “Publishing: Promoting Your Writing” workshop.

Comella worked in book publishing in New York for over ten years, including time at Penguin Group’s G.P. Putnam’s Sons and Riverhead Books, and at HarperCollins Publishers. She successfully developed and oversaw multi-platform publicity and marketing strategies that solidify brand images and result in high sales volume.

Authors she worked with include: Daniel Silva, Ken Follett, Sue Grafton, Patricia Cornwell, Khaled Hosseini, Nick Hornby, Sarah Vowell, Julie Klam, Kim Severson, and Plum Sykes. Celebrity personalities, politicians, and thought leaders she’s worked with include Goldie Hawn, Senator Harry Reid, Secretary James A. Baker III, Dave Asprey , Trish McEvoy, David A. Kessler, Jonathan Rose, Amelia Freer, Scott McGillivray, Donna Hay, Chuck Hughes and Andrea Martin.

Comella’s own work has appeared in the New York Times, USA Today, Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Longreads, Salon, Slate, Bustle, Medium, LitHub, Huffington Post, and Vol. 1 Brooklyn to name a few. Currently, she handles Media Relations for Emory University and teaches at the Decatur (GA) Writers Studio.

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“Screenwriting:  Writing For The Screen”

TIME:  3:15 – 4:15 p.m.    ROOM:  Church Library



MIKE BUCHANAN will be conducting our Screenwriting Workshop.

Author and screenwriter Michael Buchanan, was first an educator. He tuaghtg high school and college math for thirty-one years, and was awarded Teacher of the Year in 2000.

In 2010, he co-authored (with Diane Lang), The Fat Boy Chronicles, which won the 2010 Mom’s Choice Gold Award, National Parenting Publications Gold Award for Teens, and NY Champions of Character Award. The writing team also wrote the screenplay for the feature film adapted from the book. Schools use this book nationally, and millions around the world have seen the movie. Michael co-authored the books Under the Gumbo Limbo Tree and Stealing First – The Teddy Kremer Story. He was the screenwriter for acclaimed shorts Last Bullet and Boxes, and writer for the feature documentaries Spiral Bound and Unplugged.

Among many other acclaims, he has been a speaker at state and national conferences for teachers and is often a film festival judge. He teaches screenwriting classes and give talks around the nation on writing and continues to work new novels and screenplays.




Rare Books for Sale!

Old favorites, new

favorites, and

the wonderful

scent of history.

Interested in rare books?  Then you might want to take a look at the rare books the Friends of the Lumpkin County Library has for sale!  Here is a link to the MailChimp Rare Book Newsletter.



“Children’s Book Publishing From Start To Finish”  Featuring University of North Georgia President, Dr. Bonita Jacobs.

DATE AND TIME:  Saturday, March 2, 2019,  11:30 AM – 12:30 PM

LOCATION:   Dahlonega Baptist Church (234 Hawkins St., Dahlonega, GA 30533), Rm 30

Bonita Jacobs, Ph.D., is president of the University of North Georgia. She took office as the 17th president of North Georgia College & State University in July 2011 as the University’s first woman president and only the second to lead one of the country’s six Senior Military Colleges. In 2014, Jacobs was named as one of the “100 Most Influential Georgians” by Georgia Trend magazine and as one of the “Top Education Leaders in Atlanta” by the Atlanta Business Chronicle in 2013 and 2014. Among her many initiatives at UNG, Dr. Jacobs’ scholarship support for students has been a major priority. Her inauguration in 2013 was celebrated with the first Scholarship Gala. Since then, the UNG Foundation has raised more than $7 million for scholarships. She is the author of UNG the Gold I See a book for children 6-8 years old.  All profits from UNG the Gold I See will go to creating scholarships for UNG students across all five campuses.




Rebecca Wells: “Divine Daughter of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood”

Ticket Price: $20.00     Date And Time: Sat, March 2, 2019 ; 4:30 PM – 5:30 PM

Location: Dahlonega Baptist Church Sanctuary, 234 Hawkins Street, Dahlonega, GA 30533

Beloved author Rebecca Wells headlines The Dahlonega Literary Festival with her presentation “Divine Daughter of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood.”

Rebecca Wells’ 1996 novel Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood, about mothers and daughters, female friendships, alcoholism, and spirituality, was on the #1 NY Times Bestseller list for over a year, won the American Booksellers Award, and was short-listed for the Orange Prize. It has been translated into 28 languages, has sold over 6 million copies, and is one of the most beloved novels about women written in the 20th century.  The book launched a host of “Ya-Ya” clubs worldwide and was made into a feature film starring Sandra Bullock and Ellen Burstyn in 2002. Wells’ other novels include Little Altars Everywhere (winner of the Western States Book Award) and Ya-Yas in Bloom. The Crowning Glory of Calla Lily Ponder introduced an entirely new set of characters from the magical Louisiana town of Le Clair.  Born on a cotton farm in Rapides Parish, Louisiana, Wells comes from a culture where story telling is as essential and as rich as gumbo. A graduate of Louisiana State University, Rebecca studied Tibetan Buddhism and creative writing at the Naropa Institute. She studied acting in New York City, and performed off Broadway. She has been a guest artist, teaching writing and acting at several universities.  After almost forty years away, Rebecca has returned to the South and currently lives in Nashville, TN. She continues to tour her new one-woman show “An Evening with Rebecca Wells and the Ya-Ya Sisterhood”, and is writing her first memoir.  An accomplished actress and playwright, Rebecca has toured her one-woman show “Splittin’ Hairs” throughout the country. In her play Gloria Duplex, called “one of the glories of the decade” by the Seattle Post-Intelligencer, Rebecca developed and performed the title role of an erotic dancer in the French Quarter who sees the face of God in the mirror ball above her dance floor.  Wells comments, “I was sprung from the jail of Southern Ladyhood with the help of Janis Joplin, Yellowstone National Park, and Our Lady of Guadalupe.”

Here is a link to a little preview of what we can expect from one of Ms. Wells’ previous performances: https://www.rebeccawellsbooks.com/an-evening-with-rebecca-wells/

Here is another link of an interview with Ms. Wells talking about publication of The Crowning Glory of Calla Lily Ponder. It is a little over two minutes long: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wNtdDQGth_I.


This is a fundraising event!!! All proceeds benefit the new Lumpkin County Library.

Tickets are $20.  Purchase your tickets early. A sellout is expected.  Tickets will be for sale while they last. Tickets may be purchased online (Click Here) and printed out on your printer at home, OR they may be purchased at the Welcome/Information Table during the Festival on Saturday, March 2, 2019.  Tickets will also be available at the Church Sanctuary door shortly before the program, but  REMEMBER: LATECOMERS WILL NOT BE ADMITTED, so we advise you purchase your tickets before then.