The Selection Process for Regional Writers for the 2019 Dahlonega Literary Festival is complete and we are no longer accepting applications for 2019.
Regional Writers will be available to sell/sign their books and meet you ONLY on Saturday, March 2, 2019 from 9:00 am – 6:30 pm in the Fellowship Hall of the Dahlonega Baptist Church (234 Hawkins, St.), so DON’T MISS THE OPPORTUNITY TO MEET THEM AND PERUSE AND PURCHASE THEIR BOOKS from FoxTale Book Shoppe located there!
Also, please be sure to stop by Fellowship Hall from 5:30-6:30pm for our “Author Meet and Greet” where you will have one more opportunity to purchase Featured Authors and Regional Writer’s books, have them signed, and interact with the authors themselves! Light refreshments will be provided.
We will add the brief biographies and pictures of more of the 2019 Regional Writers selected as we get them, so please return to this page from time to time to see who has been added.
If you are an author and are interested in participating as a Regional Writer, please contact Ken Smoke (firstname.lastname@example.org) for details on how to apply.
At the end of our Regional Writer biographies and pictures are the biographies of the 2019 Workshop Instructors, so please take a look at them. We will be offering four workshops this year: Screenwriting ; Promoting & Publicizing Your Writing ; Memoir ; and Poetry.
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Susan Abel has had a passion for writing, second only to her passion for horses, since a child. Following a life-long career in the horse industry and as a journalist, she is now combining her two passions writing Women’s Fiction/Romance novels involving horses. Having lived a diverse and well-travelled life, Susan has a broad expanse of life experiences to draw from, enabling her to flesh out characters, describe locations and understand the human condition in such a way her stories come to life in the imaginations of her readers. Susan Abel writes from the heart, sharing her passion for horses and her love of nature through the eyes of a hopeless romantic. She hopes her stories, underscored by lessons in love, truth and wisdom, will inspire and lift the spirits of her readers. She lives on a small horse farm in Georgia with her husband and a menagerie of animals. She is the author of Through the Mist and Into the Fire.
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Idabel Allen serves up the best in new home-cooked Southern Literature in the tradition of Eudora Welty, Charles Portis, William Faulkner and Flannery O’Conner. First and foremost a storyteller, Idabel’s books are grounded in the same character-driven reality that holds the reader’s attention long after the story is finished.
Idabel attended the Iowa Writer’s Workshop Fiction program and is the author of Rooted, Headshots, and Cursed! My Devastatingly Brilliant Campaign To Save the Chigg. Idabel loves to connect with readers, so feel free to contact her at email@example.com. Or follow on Twitter at Idabel Allen @idafiction and Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/idabelallenautho. Be sure to check out http://www.idabelallen.net for a peek at her current work-in-progress, other books and writings, as well as her blog, A Lowbrow Literary Life. Be assured, there’s something for everyone!
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Darryl Bollinger grew up in Macon, GA. He received an undergraduate degree in accounting and started work at a for-profit hospital company in 1975, his introduction to the health care industry.
While working full time, he earned a master’s degree in Health Care Administration from Trinity University in 1986. Over his twenty-eight years in health care, he worked in a number of different management positions with a variety of health care companies, including vendors, consulting firms, and a large not-for-profit health care system. In 2010, he decided to embark on a writing career.
He is an award-winning author of six novels, including The Cure, The Medicine Game, The Pill Game, and The Care Card, all medical thrillers. Darryl and his wife live in the mountains of western North Carolina, where he is working on his next novel.
He is former president of Tallahassee Writers Association, a member of Florida Writers Association, Florida Authors and Publishers Association, and The Writers’ Workshop of Asheville.
For more information, go to www.darrylbollinger.com
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Fantasy author Shanna Bosarge, inspired by her love of gaming as well as the fantastic worlds of Marco, Hennig, Miura, and Ohba, she began the decade-long task of designing her own universe – one that holds magic, hope, and the ever-present battle of good versus evil. Ms. Bosarge presents characters who, each in their own way, encounter the true essence of The Elemental Union — showing that conflict can and does lead to growth.
Ms. Bosarge holds a Bachelor degree in Computer Science, and she has used her experiences in programming and gaming to help craft detailed and compelling characters who could just as easily appear in a multiplayer game as they could the pages of a book.
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Lindsey P. Brackett “just writes life” in the midst of motherhood. Her debut novel, Still Waters, a Lowcountry story about the power of family and forgiveness, released in 2017. Called “a brilliant debut” with “exquisite writing,” Still Waters was named 2018 Selah Book of the Year, Directors Choice Fiction Award winner for the Blue Ridge Mountain Christian Writers Conference, and shortlisted for the INSPY Awards.
Locally, Lindsey is well known for her weekly columns in The Northeast Georgian and The Elberton Star reflecting on the intersection of motherhood, faith, and community. Around town you’re likely to find her at the library, a state park with her four kids, or directing a show at the Habersham Community Theater.
Lover of all things literary and Southern, Lindsey’s favorite days are spent on the back porch, sweet tea in hand, writing stories, reading books, and mentoring authors. Connect with her at lindseypbrackett.com or on Facebook/Instagram: @lindseypbrackett.com.
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Alison T Broderick enjoys creating stories that give young readers a sense of wonder and pique their curiosity. She has a gift for delivering important life lessons that capture the hearts of children while providing some giggles along the way. Broderick’s Healthy Habits Book Series includes “Samuel Stanley Scotty Snight” and “Marcy Mabel Mollie McMann.” She lives in Marietta, Georgia, with her husband, a captain with the Johns Creek Fire Department; their two boys; and Duke, the sweetest Golden Retriever you’ll ever meet! Visit www.AlisonTBroderick.com for more information.
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Dr. Janet Chapman was born, raised, and lived all her life in and around Atlanta, Georgia. She writes about remarkable women and claims her mission as The Bohemian Southern Belle is to empower strong women through prose and poetry.
A life-long writer, Dr. Chapman has published professionally on historical topics, infant education, preschool ministry, elementary education, and teacher education. You can read her essays, poetry, blog posts, and other information on her website, www.georgiajanet.com. She has published two novels, a novella, a memoir, and is currently researching her third novel. Madam May, a Tale of Madams, Morphine, Moonshine, and Murder her first novel, was published in 2016. After Madam May, a novella, was published in 2018. It tells what became of Madam May after she was on trial for murder and how she came to be Dr. Chapman’s grandmother. Dorothy May, also published in 2018, tells the tragic but enduring story of Madam May’s informally adopted daughter, Dorothy.
Dr. Chapman’s first memoir is This Teacher Talks, What Really Goes on in America’s Schools. It describes the events that take place over a school year among the faculty and staff of an elementary school.
Dr. Chapman has worn many hats throughout her life, ranging from children’s party costume character, to caterer, to Pediatric Physician’s Assistant, to Preschool Minister, to Elementary Teacher, to University Professor. Now semi-retired, she is officially an “author.” She enjoys spending time with family and friends, literary events, travel, reading, and genealogy research.
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Anne Marie Cook is a long-time resident of Peachtree City, Georgia. A member of the National Board for Certified Counselors, she has practiced as a Licensed Professional Counselor in Georgia for over 20 years.
She attended Kent State University in Ohio. After moving to Georgia, she completed her Bachelor’s, Master’s and Specialist’s degrees from Georgia State University and the University of West Georgia while simultaneously raising 3 children.
She has worked extensively with children and families, addressing behavioral, developmental and educational issues.
She also writes books for children. Anne Marie wrote, illustrated and published her first book, The Worst Pet Peeve Ever, Beware of What Bugs You. She is moving forward to publish her second book and is also developing a series of brain-based intervention stories for children.
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Originally from Miami, Susan Crawford lived in New York and Boston before moving to Atlanta, where she raised three daughters and taught Adult Education in a variety of settings. An award-winning poet and best-selling author, Susan is a member of The Atlanta Writers Club, The Village Writers, and Sisters in Crime. Her two psychological suspense novels, The Pocket Wife and The Other Widow (Morrow-Harper Collins, Faber and Faber), gained international publication, honors, and acclaim. Now a full-time author, she lives with her husband and a trio of rescue kitties in Atlanta, where she is a member of her local Planning Commission. Susan is currently working on her next novel.
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William N. Gilmore is a U.S. Army veteran and a retired Atlanta Police Detective, serving for 27 years. Not liking the books he was reading, he decided to try writing his own. His first novel, Blue Bloods & Black Hearts is the exciting first book in a trilogy loosely based on himself and his old partner. Most of William’s books center around fictional Atlanta Police Detectives and the Atlanta background. His latest work, No Space For Justice is his breakout science fiction novel about an Atlanta Homicide Detective kidnapped by an alien and taken to a world of telepathic beings, mythical creatures, fantastic ships, and bizarre weapons. With a world where there are no police, no courts, and no crime, he is tasked to solve an eight-hundred-year-old murder. William is a member of the Paulding County Writers’ Guild. A native of Georgia, he now lives in Hiram, GA with his wife Esther.
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Katie Hart-Smith, a published author for 25 years, has a wide array of work ranging from medical and academic, to historical fiction, non-fiction, and children’s stories. She served on the editorial board and was a manuscript reviewer for the Orthopaedic Nursing Journal and was a former member of the advisory board for Atlanta Sports & Fitness Magazine. Her monthly column, “From the Heart,” is featured in the Gwinnett Citizen newspaper.
Inspirational people, places, and political and social issues are the driving forces for Smith’s work. She published Couch Time with Carolyn, a memoir, in 2014. This novel was followed by the Sacred Heart (historical fiction) series that focused on the medical community in 1900s Atlanta. The first two books, Aspirations of the Heart and Hope Never Rests, have been placed in the Georgia Governor’s Mansion Library. Katie has been nominated for the Georgia Author of the Year award in multiple categories in 2015, 2017, and 2018.
She and her husband, Jeff, reside in Lawrenceville. She is an active civic leader in the Gwinnett community to include her service on the City of Lawrenceville City Council and she was even the first recipient of the Gwinnett Chamber of Commerce’s Healthcare Professional of the Year award in 2011. Katie has been a featured author at numerous Georgia literary festivals and is a member of the National League of American Pen Women and the Atlanta Writers Club. She is a sought out speaker on a local and national level.
For more information, visit www.katiehartsmith.com.
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JD Jordan is the author of the acclaimed scifi-western novel, Calamity: Being an Account of Calamity Jane and Her Gunslinging Green Man—and has also been featured in Creative Loafing, The International Journal of the Book, Newsweek, Paste, and Smashing Magazine. He is also an award-winning graphic designer, design educator, and historian with experience working with some of the biggest agencies and brands in the Southeast. He is currently the design director of MaxMedia and the co-founder of J+E Creative. He is represented by The Zack Company.
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Justin Joseph writes dark supernatural terror, as well as children books under the name Mr. Invi.
He lives in Cumming with his wife and three daughters.
He is the author of The Hurricane Party and The Halloween Kids.
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Jeremy Logan: I parlayed my experience with the individuals I came across in my career to create the characters in my novels. Some were real life heroes; a serial killer, a contract mercenary working for the CIA, a schizophrenic who threatened to kill the US president, a person with Dissociative Identity Disorder (multiple personalities), and a lot of incredibly brilliant people who did a lot to shape the world we live in today (inventors, corporate giants, medical giants, and the list goes on). My corporate specialty, disaster responder/investigator in the energy industry.
I was always in love with creative writing, and I’m happiest when I’m working on my next novel. My talent lies in creating suspense and drama in a plot that keeps the reader so involved he/she doesn’t expect the surprise ending.
For The Trigger Effect, I wanted to collaborate with an author who could bring feminine sensitivity and pragmatism. I was fortunate to persuade author Brenda Sevcik to travel with me on this effort. She’s has an exceptional talent for character development. We’ll be putting on dramatic portrayals of scenes from our novel at our joint author appearances. The intention is to entertain those who follow us.
Inscrutable continues the exploits of the disaster responders who starred in The Rubik Memorandum. The incidents they found are a red herring for crimes more evil and sinister, merely the tip of the iceberg. They place themselves in harm’s way as they unravel the conspiracy so diabolical it’s unthinkable.
My next novel The Window Buddy with Brenda Sevcik, due late 2019.
Don’t Go There – 11/13, a conspiracy novel that set the stage for my disaster trilogy.
The Rubik Memorandum – 1/15 (Part 1 of “The Disaster Trilogy”)
Smitten 4-15-16, A coming of age romance interrupted by a serial killer;
The Trigger Effect, 2017.with coauthor, Brenda Sevcik/ murder mystery
Inscrutable, 2018, Part II “The Disaster Trilogy”
Publisher: Deeds Publishing
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Deborah Malone‘s first novel Death in Dahlonega, finaled in the American Christian Fiction Writer’s Category Five writing contest! Deborah was nominated for the 2012 and 2013 Georgia Author of the Year Award in Novel category. She has worked as a freelance writer and photographer, for the historic magazine, “Georgia Backroads” where she has had many articles and photographs published. Her writing is featured in “Tales of the Rails,” edited by Olin Jackson as well as the “Christian Communicator,” and “The Southern Writer’s Magazine.” She is a member of the Georgia Writer’s Association, Advanced Writers and Speaker’s Association and the American Christian Fiction Writers.
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Grant McGarry, is a former US Army Ranger, best-selling author of A Night in the Pech Valley and a combat veteran with five deployments to Iraq and Afghanistan in the War on Terror. Upon graduation in 2006 from the University of Alabama with a degree in finance, Grant reported to Fort Benning with an enlistment contract “for the hardest thing the Army has to offer.”
After graduating from the Ranger Indoctrination Program, Grant was assigned to the 1st Ranger Battalion in Savannah Georgia. While serving as an Army Ranger, Grant held a number of positions and leadership assignments, from rifleman to machine gun team leader, and both squad Alpha and Bravo Team leader. Between deployments, Sergeant McGarry graduated from the U.S. Army Ranger School and was awarded the coveted Ranger Tab. On his fifth and last deployment to Afghanistan in 2010, while searching for the number three most wanted High Value Target, Sergeant McGarry and his squad were involved in a vicious firefight with enemy forces in the Pech Valley. As a consequence of his actions during the battle, Sergeant McGarry was awarded the Bronze Star with “Valor” Device.
Following the completion of his enlistment in 2011, Grant was a security contractor at the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad, Iraq, during and after the withdrawal of coalition forces. Upon Grant’s return to the U.S. in 2012, he started his own businesses (www.LTRC-Ops.com) and earned an MBA from Emory University. Most importantly, Grant and his wife Karin have two boys, Gunnar and Gage.
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Latina McIntyre is a United States Air Force veteran and a graduate of Bellevue University, who writes children’s books of inspiration and empowerment with a twist of girl power. She is known for her children’s books instilled with a positive message in a 360-degree window. Her Super Smart Girl book series are designed from the Super Smart Girl, LLC business model and the Super Smart Girl Club, which is a 501c3 literacy based non-profit organization. Latina has utilized the platform of her books as a mentoring tool to motivate and mentor young girls to be sweet, smart and goal-oriented. Latina resides in South Carolina with her husband Mr. Elston Ray McIntyre. The couple has three children and a Yorkshire terrier. Latina has been featured in Bella Magazine, The Aiken Standard, The View Alumni Magazine and 26 Women Today. She also has been honored to receive a community award from the Women’s Interactive Network.
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USA Today Bestselling Author, Casi McLean, pens novels to stir the soul with romance, mystery, and a whisper of magic. With strong, believable heroines and delicious heroes, she tempts hidden desires, then fans the flames, sweeping readers into their innermost romantic fantasies. Her fans devour her exceptional romantic suspense and adore her lovable characters. Try one story––you’ll see, hear, and feel the magical eeriness of a fateful night, believe in time travel, be mystified by supernatural, and sense the excitement of romantic suspense––but most of all you’ll want more!
Lake Lanier Mysteries:
Beneath The Lake: When Lacey Montgomery’s car hurtles in Atlanta’s famous Lake Lanier, she awakens in the arms of a stranger, in a town she’s never heard of—34 years before she was born.
Beyond The Mist: Swept through time to 2001 New York, Piper Taylor must survive a terrorist attack and bring Nick Cramer home before he destroys the space-time continuum.
Between The Shadows: Thrust back in time to 1865 Georgia, Kenzi Reynolds never expected to confront deadly villains… Let alone fall in love with one!
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Ben Meeks is a North Georgia native and world traveler whose mischief and curiosity has led him to a wide range of life experiences. He was a medal winner in a martial arts competition, been in a high speed car chase, and had a late night phone call from the secret service, who he hung up on. Upon deciding to pursue writing, he spent three years studying everything he could on the subject as well as learning from successful authors before beginning his first contemporary fantasy series, The Keeper Chronicles. Ben prides himself on using real world experiences to add realism to his fiction. You can connect with Ben on his website at authorbenmeeks.com or follow him on Instagram or Facebook, user authorbenmeeks.
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Mab Morris is becoming known for the world building in her novels, as well as unique characters and interesting plots. She borrows from mythos and histories from varied parts of our rich world, creating new cultures for her characters to live, love, talk to demi-gods, and die. A first generation American, she grew up in a household that celebrated not the divisiveness, but the multi-cultures of South Africa long before the end of apartheid. Both parents spoke multiple languages, both European and African. They’d eat Indonesian, Dutch, German, and French cuisine against a backdrop of African art and European tapestries. Inspired by our world, book by book, she has been building the multi-culture planet Ihyel—so coining the idea of “culture crafting” as she builds a new planet for readers to explore. Mab is the author of Red Khémèresh, Fate of the Red Queen, and The Bone Reader.
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Ed Payne is an Emmy award- and Peabody award-winning journalist, who also writes rhyming children’s picture books on the side. Talk about polar opposites! Ed now has four books in his series. The Daily Rounds of a Hound is the tale of Molly Malone, an adorable mutt adopted from an animal shelter by a new family. Once home, the family learns that Molly is carrying stowaways, a litter of nine pups. Molly has no pedigree, but takes her job as family pet seriously. She patrols the house, protects the kids and goes on secret missions (or does she?). It has been reviewed in The Marietta Daily Journal and by the Midwest Book Review. Molly and the Bully – The Daily Rounds of a Hound 2: Molly and her nine pups have a problem. They live in a neighborhood where it’s dog-eat-dog and the other hounds don’t always play fair. Exploring their new world, the pups aren’t ready for what they encounter — bullying. They have a choice. Will the pups give in or will they use the power of love to prevail? Molly and the Doggy Dentist — The Daily Rounds of a Hound 3: Molly needs a makeover. At least she thinks she does. Her unsightly teeth go this way and that. Molly’s underbite isn’t very becoming for a young mom of nine frisky pups. She dreams of a sparkly Hollywood smile, of being a hound about town. Are braces the answer. Or does beauty come from within? The Daily Rounds of a Hound Colors the Town: A coloring book featuring more than 100 pages of fun from the first two books in The Daily Rounds of a Hound series.
Ed is a Nebraska native, but has lived in Marietta, Georgia, since 1990.
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Growing up in a poverty situation where he was often without access to TV for entertainment, Danny Pelfrey in his early teens turned to books. It was not unusual for him, in his high school years, to read three or four books a week, thus his love affair with books developed early.
Danny received a degree from Point University and a Master of Ministries from Kentucky Christian University. He spent many years as a pastor serving churches in several states. His writing endeavors sparked by his wife’s love of the craft, includes more than forty articles for national publications and a weekly newspaper column. His first book was ONE-WAY CHOICES IN A WRONG-WAY WORLD. In addition to the four volume “Davis Morgan Mystery Series,” he wrote with his wife, Danny compiled and served as one of the authors for Life in Adairsville: An Anecdotal History of a Small North Georgia Town. The fourth Davis Morgan mystery, Like a Tree will release in January 2019. Danny is a member of the American Christian Fiction Writers.
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Habiba Shaw is a Bangladeshi American immigrant, proud Southerner, health and nutrition specialist, and grandma to a black lab. Her journey began at the age of nineteen when she became the wife of a stranger through arranged marriage. Uprooted from her homeland, she was transplanted into the West where she learned to survive on her own after unexpected tragedy. She eventually found herself a single mother working as a nutrition educator in rural Alabama. For the next 40 years, she struggled trying to keep Southerners from eating soul food, holding on to her rich culture, and finding her own identity. Habiba shares her sometimes hilarious and sometimes sad experiences in so called “racist Alabama” in her memoir Marks Behind the Stones which was nominated for Georgia Author of the Year. Habiba has a Doctorate in Health Care Education from Nova Southeastern University and a Master’s in Food and Nutrition.
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Alayne Smith is a retired broadcast journalism teacher who earned M.Ed. and E.Ds. degrees in Instructional Technology from the University of Georgia. She taught broadcast journalism for fifteen years in Gwinnett County, Georgia, and broadcast journalism informs her work.
Alayne’s first book, Ellen and the Three Predictions, was published in March 2017 by Cactus Moon Publishing in Tempe, Arizona. Her second book, Educating Sadie, was a finalist in the 2018 William Faulkner-William Wisdom Creative Writing Competition. Alayne is currently writing This is Ellen Jones, a sequel to Ellen and the Three Predictions.
Being active in the Atlanta Writers Club, Alayne presented at the Decatur Book Festival 2017 and moderated a panel of young adult authors in 2018. She is a member of the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators, Georgia Writers Association, Friends of Gwinnett County Public Library, and Georgia Association for Instruction Technology.
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Lee St. John started writing in 1970 for her hometown paper by delivering the School News events from the only high school in the county. Impressed by her writing skills, her publisher mentioned that she should write a book.
Hold on to your pantyhose – here it is: She’s A Keeper! Cockamamie Memoirs from a Hot Southern Mess.
Cotillion-and-etiquette-classes didn’t stick. This Southern Belle, gone rogue, doesn’t apologize one iota for it. She’s a proud maverick who creates mayhem in her wake. As a storyteller, she has been compared to family funny woman, Erma Bombeck, with an edge; Southern humorist, Lewis Grizzard, with PG-13 rated twists; genuine tell-all, Ali Wentworth, fearlessly describing her secrets; and any frisky Seinfeld TV episode. No wonder she’s ranked #1 on Amazon’s Humorous Short Reads.
Host of WQEE’s 99.1 FM “Spilling the Beans Book Club”, you’ll also find her on every other dang social media outlet.
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Jarrett Van Meter is a writer from Asheville, North Carolina. He attended the University of Vermont and has written for the likes of the “Lexington Herald-Leader”, “SLAM Magazine”, “Victory Journal”, and “Saturday Down South”. His first book, How Sweet It Is, is a behind-the-scenes look at high school basketball in the state of Kentucky.
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J.C. Villegas was born and raised in the South, spending most of her days in Mississippi. Since childhood she has been a strong advocate seeking justice and the humane treatment of animals and people. Throughout her lifetime she has seen and experienced a great deal of prejudice, more often administered in minute ways as opposed to the grand gestures of hatred we hear about almost daily in the news. No matter the size of the gesture, she has seen how prejudice affects people on a personal and family level, as well as how it affects our society. This is what prompted Villegas to battle injustice through her writing. She is the author of Journey of a Cotton Blossom.
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George Weinstein is the author of the Southern historical novel Hardscrabble Road; the Southern mystery Aftermath; the novel of forgotten U.S. history The Five Destinies of Carlos Moreno and the contemporary relationship novel The Caretaker—all published by SFK Press. His work also has been published in the Atlanta press and in regional and national anthologies, including A Cup of Comfort for Writers. George is the former President of the Atlanta Writers Club and has managed the Atlanta Writers Conference for a decade, helping nearly three thousand writers on their quest for publication. On his website, GeorgeWeinstein.com, you can read the first chapter George’s books for free and discover more about him and his work.
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Amy Willoughby-Burle grew up in the small coastal town of Kure Beach, North Carolina. She studied writing at East Carolina University and is now a writer and teacher living in Asheville, North Carolina, with her husband and four children. She writes about the mystery and wonder of everyday life. Her contemporary fiction focuses on the themes of second chances, redemption, and finding the beauty in the world around us. Her debut novel, The Lemonade Year was featured on both “Southern Living’s” and “Pop Sugar’s” top summer reads for 2018. Sara Gruen says of The Lemonade Year, “When life gives you lemons, read this book. It’s a delicious glass of humor, heart, and hope.” Amy is also the author of a collection of short stories entitled Out Across the Nowhere and is a contributor to a number of literary journals and anthologies.
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Here are the pictures and biographies of the instructors who will be conducting the workshops we will have as part of the 2019 Dahlonega Literary Festival. We will be offering four workshops this year: Screenwriting ; Promoting & Publicizing Your Writing ; Memoir ; and Poetry. We hope that you will attend and find them useful.
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.
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VICTORIA COMELLA will be conduction our Promoting & Publicizing 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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CAROL CRAWFORD will be conduction 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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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.
Walsh finds inspiration in his past as he looks back to his childhood, as well as to subjects that are relatable to today’s world. Much of his childhood and interactions with family members serve as a metaphor for his life now which appears in his writing. Walsh said. “As Marion Montgomery told me years ago, each of us must sort through our inheritance. He didn’t mean money. So, I am always sorting through my inheritance, and in doing so, discovering the truth about the world.”
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