Workshop: So You Want to Be a Published Novelist

All writers want to publish. What is the secret to publication? Which directions should a writer take? Should you get an agent? How?

In this two-hour workshop award-winning author Ann Hite will cover the route to publishing your finished work.

  1. Ann will tell her story of how she came into publication.
  2. Preparing your manuscript.
  3. The dreaded query letter.
  4. Publication venues.
  5. What happens when you get a book deal?

There will also be plenty of time dedicated to Q&A, so come with questions!

Tickets are available! Click here to purchase

All proceeds for this event support the 13th Annual Dahlonega Literary Festival – March 25th and 26th, 2017.

AhiteAnn Hite is the author of The Storycatcher, Lowcountry Spirit, and Where The Souls Go.  Her debut novel, Ghost On Black Mountain, became a Townsend Prize Finalist and won Georgia Author of the Year in 2012. Her newest Black Mountain novel, Sleeping Above Chaos, will be released by Mercer University Press in September, 2016. Ann lives in Marietta, Georgia, where she writes her heart out with her husband and daughter nearby.


Reminder: Abra Kadaver is Coming!


Dahlonega Literary Festival hosts second annual Abra Kadaver costume fundraiser, October 29, at the Dahlonega Funeral Home.

Abra Kadaver, a frighteningly fun evening where literary characters and legendary authors come alive, is returning to Dahlonega.

Hosted by the Dahlonega Literary Festival, Abra Kadaver II, is set for 7 p.m., Saturday, October 29, at the Dahlonega Funeral Home, 20 Gibson Rd. A $35 per person entry fee includes dinner, music, and beverages.

Guests are encouraged to dress as their favorite literary character or author for a pre-Halloween evening of fun, food, trivia, and costume contests. Last year, characters from the Harry Potter novels, a Mark Twain look-alike, ghosts, princesses, and even a few goblins were on hand for the inaugural Abra Kadaver.

 “Abra Kadaver I, which was sponsored by Lumpkin Literacy,  was such a success, that when Lumpkin Literacy asked Dahlonega Literary Festival if we wanted to sponsor the 2016 fundraiser, we just couldn’t say no,” said Arienne Wallace, chairman of the Dahlonega Literary Festival.

“For Abra Kadaver II, we’re planning literary trivia, a best costume contest, plus quite a few other surprises for the evening,” she said. “Even the food will have a literary theme. Our main dishes are A Tale of Two Meats by Charles Pickens and Under the Dahlonega Sun by Francis Hayes.”

All profits from Abra Kadaver II will go to fund the 2017 Dahlonega Literary Festival, set for March 25-26. Hundreds of book lovers and authors from throughout the Southeast are expected to attend this year’s literary festival.

For more information, contact Diane Bates,  or 706.265.9072.


2016 Featured Author: Valerie Boyd


Valerie Boyd is the author of Wrapped in Rainbows: The Life of Zora Neale Hurston and the forthcoming Spirits in the Dark: The Untold Story of Black Women in Hollywood.

She is an Associate Professor and the Charlayne Hunter-Gault Distinguished Writer in Residence at the Grady College of Journalism at the University of Georgia, where she teaches magazine writing, arts reviewing and narrative nonfiction. She also has taught creative nonfiction in the graduate writing program at Antioch University in Los Angeles.

Valerie earned a bachelor’s degree from the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University in 1985 and an MFA in Creative Nonfiction Writing from Goucher College in 1999.

An accomplished journalist and cultural critic, Valerie is the former arts editor at The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, and she has been published in numerous anthologies, magazines and newspapers. Her articles, essays and reviews have appeared in Step Into a World: A Global Anthology of the New Black Literature, Ms. magazine,Paste, The Oxford American, Book magazine, Essence,The Washington Post, The Los Angeles Times, Creative Nonfiction, African American Review, The Scholar and Feminist Online and other publications.

She founded EightRock, a cutting-edge journal of black arts and culture, in 1990. In 1992, she co-founded HealthQuest, the first nationally distributed magazine focusing on African-American health.

Wrapped in Rainbows—the first biography of Zora Neale Hurston in 25 years—was published to wide critical acclaim. It was hailed by Alice Walker as “magnificent” and “extraordinary”; by The Washington Post as  “definitive”; by the Boston Globe as “elegant and exhilarating”; and by the Denver Post as “a rich, rich read.”

For her work on Wrapped in Rainbows, Valerie received the Georgia Author of the Year Award in nonfiction as well as an American Library Association Notable Book Award. The Georgia Center for the Book named Wrapped in Rainbows one of the “25 Books That All Georgians Should Read,” and the Southern Book Critics Circle honored it with the 2003 Southern Book Award for best nonfiction of the year.

Valerie is currently finishing her next book, Spirits in the Dark: The Untold Story of Black Women in Hollywood, which will be published by Knopf. She lives in Atlanta.

(Bio and images from author’s website)



Presenting Abra Kadaver!

frankensteinThe Dahlonega Literary Festival presents Abra Kadaver! The most happening spooky literary party in North Georgia will take place on October 29 at the Dahlonega Funeral Home (where better to get down with your ghoulish self?). Come dressed as your favorite literary character or author – Dead or Alive – for a chance to win the costume contest. (Costumes aren’t required, but encouraged and appreciated). In addition, this night of fun, food and spirits will include two buffets, a literary trivia contest, and silent auction. Tickets are only $35/person. All proceeds from ticket sales and the silent auction go to fund the 2017 Literary Festival (Where all the visiting authors will be living).

What: Abra Kadaver Party
Where: Dahlonega Funeral Home, 20 Gibson Rd, Dahlonega GA
When: October 29, 6:30pm-9:30pm

If you’re interested in purchasing tickets, please contact us at and let us know how many you’ll need! dracula


2016 DLF Lunch with the Author Information

Lunch with the Author will take place on Saturday, March 12 from 12:30pm to 1:30pm. Find out where your favorite authors will be eating and hanging out with their fans in the list below. Please call or email to make reservations to make sure you get a seat at the table!

Karen Abbott:  Bourbon Street Grill (email by Friday, 3-11, 11:00 p.m.)

Jacob M. Appel: Back Porch Oyster Bar  (706-864-8623)

V.L. Brunskill: Picnic Cafe  (706-864-1095)

Jackie Cooper: Shenanigan’s ( by Friday, 3-11, 11:00 p.m.)

Delilah S. Dawson: Corkscrew Cafe  (706-867-8551)

Molly Harper: Spirits Tavern  (706-482-0580)

Ann Hite: Don Pollo  (706-867-0233)

Joshilyn Jackson: Pueblos  (706-867-7155)

Brian Panowich: Don Pollo  (706-867-0233)

Cherie Priest: Gustavo’s  (706-864-2366)

M.J. Pullen: Shenanigan’s  (email by Friday, 3-11, 11:00 p.m.)

Jaye Wells: Back Porch Oyster Bar  (706-864-8623)


2016 DLF Schedule

2016 Festival Schedule

Saturday, March 12

9:00 -10:00  

  • The Long and the Short Of It: The Art of Short Fiction
    Panelists: Jacob M. Appel, Delilah S. Dawson, Molly Harper, Ann Hite, Brian Panowich, Cherie Priest, Jaye Wells
    St. Luke’s, Rm. 103/105
  • Regional Writers: Blending Fact with Fiction
    Panelists: Angela Cerrito, Valerie Connors, Ed DeVos, Walt Griffin, Kevin Horgan, Phil Miller, Rona Simmons
    St. Luke’s, Rm. 106


  • The Opposite of Everyone: A Book Talk
    Presented by Joshilyn Jackson
    St. Luke’s, Rm. 103/105
  • Regional Writers: Using Fantasy Elements
    Panelists: Alison Reeger Cook, Carolyn O’Neal, Shelley Pickens, Debra Webb Rogers, Tom Winton
    St. Luke’s, Rm. 106


  • Liar, Temptress, Soldier, Spy
    Presented by Karen Abbott
    St. Luke’s, Rm. 103/105
  • Regional Writers:  Intense Scenarios
    Panelists : Mike Brown, Evan Guilford-Blake, Jim Henninger, J. Frank James, Ron Miller, Carol Williams, Tom Wood
    St. Luke’s, Rm. 106


  • Lunch with the Authors
    Locations and additional information coming soon.


  • Laughter Can Be the Best Medicine: Using Humor
    Panelists: Jacob M. Appel, Delilah S. Dawson, Jameson Gregg, Molly Harper, Joshilyn Jackson, M.J. Pullen
    St. Luke’s, Rm. 103/105
  • Workshop on Character Drawing: What Will They Look Like?  Pt. 1
    Presenter: Mark Braught
    St. Luke’s, Rm. 101


  • Page-Turners: Sustaining Suspense
    Panelists: V.L. Brunskill, Ann Hite, Brian Panowich, Cherie Priest, Jaye Wells, Kelsey Browning, Lisa Clark O’Neill
    St. Luke’s, Rm. 103/105
  • Local Talent: North Georgia Authors Guild Reading
    Panelists: T.C. Carter, Joe Cobb Crawford, Guy Middleton, David Rothel, Trisha Slay, Clint Smith, Sharon Thomason
    St. Luke’s, Rm. 106
  • Workshop on Character Drawing: What Will They Look Like?  Pt. 2
    Presenter: Mark Braught
    St. Luke’s, Rm. 101


  • Telling it Like it is: The Art of Non-Fiction
    Panelists: Jacob M. Appel, Jackie Cooper, Jane Fishman, Tim Link, Tinaz Pavri, Scott Seeke)
  • Tips for the Distracted Writer
    Presenter: M.J. Pullen
    St. Luke’s, Rm. 101


  • Reception for Featured Authors and Regional Writers
    Open to the Public
    Community House

Sunday, March 13th


  • Hiding in Plain Sight: Supernatural Fiction
    Panelists: Delilah S. Dawson, Molly Harper, Cherie Priest, Jaye Wells
    Community House


  • Writing Memorable Characters
    Panelists: Karen Abbott, Jackie Cooper, M.J. Pullen, John Ingrisano
    Community House


  • The Ties that Bind: Family in Souther Fiction
    Panelists: V.L. Brunskill, Ann Hite, Joshilyn Jackson, Brian Panowich
    Community House

Book Signing Schedule

Featured and Special Appearance Authors
Saturday, March 12th
Community House

10:15-10:45 a.m. Jacob M. Appel, Delilah S. Dawson, Molly Harper, Ann Hite, Brian Panowich, Cherie Priest, Jaye Wells

11:30 a.m-12:00 p.m. Joshilyn Jackson

3:15-3:45 p.m. Karen Abbott, Jacob Appel, Jackie Cooper, Delilah S. Dawson, Jameson Gregg, Molly Harper, Joshilyn Jackson, M.J. Pullen

4:30-5:00 p.m. Mark Braught, V.L. Brunskill, Ann Hite, Brian Panowich, Cherie Priest, Jaye Wells

dLF event and parkingmap

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A Night of Literary Revelry

Join our fundraising chair, Jeremy Logan, and a host of other regional writers for an Evening of Book Reading and Stimulating Conversation on Saturday, October 24th.

While the party is in full swing, several of the authors will read excerpts of their most recent works. Come meet and mingle with Jeremy’s author friends as they celebrate the joy of reading a great story with cocktails, hors d’oeuvres and desserts.

Attending Authors

Valerie Connors – Shadow of a Smile, A Promise Made
Rona Simmons – The Quiet Room, Postcards from Wonderland
Connie McKee – The Girl in the Mirror
Ed Gruber – Tony the Kneebreaker, Seeking Intimacy
Bob Babcock – War Stories I and II; What Now, Lieutenant?
Jeremy Logan – Rubik Memorandum, Don’t Go There
Susan Jimison – Dear Mark, Through the Eyes of a Tiger

Revelry and mingling kick-off at 7:30pm at 1517 Stonebrook Place  Roswell, GA 30075

Just the facts:

What: A Literary Party
Who: Anyone
Where: 1517 Stonebrook Place Roswell, GA 30075
When: 7:30 pm ET on Saturday, Oct 24

2016 Kick-off Reception

The 2016 Dahlonega Literary Festival will take place March 12 &13, but planning has already begun. Interested in hearing about the opportunities to get involved with the 2016 festival? Our steering committee will be hosting our annual kick-off reception later this summer. Want to help plan the 2016 festivities? Curious about volunteering for the day of the festival? Then this is your chance to get involved. These gatherings are the open to anyone interested in assisting the festival in any way. We encourage you to come and to bring your friends!

The kick-off reception will take place Friday, August 21st, 5:30-7:30pm ET, at the United Community Bank in Dahlonega, GA.

2016 Dahlonega Literary Festival Kick-off Reception

Friday, August 21st, 5:30-7:30pm ET

United Community Bank
206 Morrison Moore Pkwy W
Dahlonega, GA 30533

Sunday Schedule

Sunday, March 29th


  • Pucker Up: Writing Romance
    Panelists: Delilah S. Dawson, Molly Harper, Kathryn Hinds, Erika Marks, George Weinstein
    Community House


  • The Past as Inspiration: Using History
    Panelists: Lynn Cullen, Kevin Hearne, Jessica Handler, Cherie Priest, Kim Teter, George Weinstein
    Community House


  • Set in the South
    Panelists: Raymond Atkins, Susan Boyer, Mark Braught, Jackie Cooper, Jessica Handler, Ann Hite, Vicki Lane
    Community House

Dahlonega Literary Festival Lunch with the Author Locations

(*Call or email restaurant for reservations where noted)

Susan Boyer: Don Pollo, 125 East Main Street

Mark Braught: Spirits Tavern, 19 East Main Street

Jackie K Cooper: Back Porch Oyster Bar, 19 North Chestatee Street (706-864-8623)*

Lynn Cullen: Corkscrew Cafe, 51 West Main Street (706-867-8551)*

Jessica Handler: Crimson Moon, 24 North Park Street

Janice Hardy: Shenanigan’s, 87 North Chestatee St.

Molly Harper: Corkscrew Cafe, 51 West Main Street (706-867-8551)*

Robb Helfrick: Spirits Tavern, 19 East Main Street*

Kathryn Hinds: Gustavo’s, 16 Public Square

Ann Hite: Gustavo’s, 16 Public Square

Vicki Lane: Don Pollo, 125 East Main Street

Erika Marks: Bourbon Street Grill, 90 A Public Square North

Man Martin: Shenanigan’s, 87 North Chestatee St.

Cherie Priest: Bourbon Street Grill, 90 A Public Square North

George Weinstein: Back Porch Oyster Bar, 19 North Chestatee Street (706-864-8623)*

Renea Winchester: Bourbon Street Grill,  90 A Public Square North

Lunch seating with Frances Mayes, Kevin Hearne, Delilah S. Dawson, and Raymond Atkins is no longer available.