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.



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


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

Now Accepting PayPal Donations

We have made it easier than ever to donate to the Dahlonega Literary Festival. You can now give however much you wish using PayPal! It’s safe, secure, and you can choose to donate whatever amount is right for you. And the tax paper work(that legal stuff we give you so you may write-off the amount you gave on your tax return) will be sent to the address that you provide during the PayPal donation process.

The Dahlonega Literary Festival is completely run by volunteers, and the only way we continue having such wonderful authors, panels, and vendors is with your support.

So what are you waiting for? Donate today!

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Dear Patron of the Arts,

Would you like to meet famous authors?

The 10th Annual Dahlonega Literary Festival will be held March 8th and 9th, 2014, at the Community House and St. Luke’s, and will include panel discussions, presentations, and book signings.  All of these events are free.

The Dahlonega Literary Festival is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization   Ours is an intimate festival about books and authors.  Our mission is to promote interaction between readers and writers in a relaxed, informal environment so those attending have an opportunity to meet and interact with the authors.  In addition to attending speaking events and book signings, attendees have the opportunity to have lunch with their favorite authors at a local restaurant or attend our dinner extravaganza on Saturday.

Our 2014 Author Selection Committee has scheduled the following authors for our next event: Terry Kay, Joshilyn Jackson, Cassandra King, Deanna Raybourn, and many more. We hope you will come to see your favorite authors and meet others you may be unfamiliar with.

As you can imagine, festival expenses add up quickly, and we need your financial support to make our event a success. Your tax-deductible contribution will help with fees, travel expenses and lodging for the authors, and aids in ensuring most festival events remain free-of-charge.  As a patron, you will receive the benefits listed on the enclosed Patron Response Form.  Most importantly, you will have the satisfaction of knowing you have preserved and advanced the literary arts in Dahlonega.

We would appreciate the return of the Patron Response Form and your contribution. If you have questions, please contact any of us at the email addresses listed below.

Thank you, in advance, for your support.  We look forward to seeing you in March!


Arienne Wallace Rumsch (, Sharon Bacek (, Carol Malcolm (, Ken Smoke (, April Loebick (, Sharon Kridel (


The Dahlonega Literary Festival is a 501(c)3 charitable organization, as part of the Dahlonega Arts Council.


Used Book Sale: Dec 7

Used Book Sale: DEC 7
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We will have a booth set up at the Chestatee Regional Hospital’s Winterfest, which will be part yard sale, part craft show, beginning at 8 am on Saturday, Dec. 7, 2013 in the parking lot of the old BB&T building (across from the Holly) in Dahlonega, GA. Come browse our selection and pick up a few Christmas gifts (and maybe some for yourself!). We will have hundreds of books to choose from.

Used Book Sale

Just in time for the Holidays, we finally have a date and location for our Used Book SaleWe will have a booth set up at the Chestatee Regional Hospital’s Winterfest, which will be part yard sale, part craft show, beginning at 8 am on Saturday, Dec. 7, 2013 in the parking lot of the old BB&T building (across from the Holly) in Dahlonega, GA. Come browse hundreds of books and find that perfect gift for a loved one (or even for yourself!). 

All proceeds from the book sale will go to help fund the Dahlonega Literary Festival. We hope to see you there!

“Jordan Is So Chilly”: An Encounter With Lillian Smith

Thursday, November 21, 2013 7:00 pm
Lumpkin County High School Auditorium
Free and Open to the Public*

“Jordan Is So Chilly”: An Encounter With Lillian Smith is a performance by Brenda Bynum based on the writings of Lillian E. Smith, acclaimed Georgia author and human rights activist. This performance and presentation of Lillian Smith celebrates the interdisciplinary themes that she explored within her own life and in the world around her:

  • Interdisciplinary: racism, feminism, maternalism, and gender relations
  • Psychology and Sociology: existentialism, sexual orientation, prejudice, oppression, creativity, and individualism
  • Literature and Journalism
  • History: Georgia, Appalachia, Southern, civil rights movement, Black diaspora, women’s movement

About Lillian E. Smith

Author, activist, leader and role model, civil and human rights advocate, and supporter of education and social justice, Lillian Eugenia Smith not only embraced the need for desegregation and opposition to Jim Crow, but also emphasized the restructuring of racist thought and consideration within the early stages of the civil rights movement, along with cultivating the discussion of quiet and deeply rooted prejudices.

As author of Strange Fruit (1944) and Killers of the Dream (1949), Smith argued for revisioning the psychological and sociological complexities of racism in the South, beginning with childhood. She advocated for equality across race and gender lines, focusing on social activism and humanism.

Smith taught music at a missionary school in China and led the Laurel Falls Girls Camp in Clayton, Georgia for more than 25 years. Her circle of friends included progressive innovators such as Martin Luther King, Jr. and Eleanor Roosevelt. Her legacy continues through the Lillian E. Smith Foundation and Center.

About Brenda Bynum

Both an actress and an academic, Brenda Bynum has worked with almost every theater in Atlanta and was a resident artist at Theater Emory and member of the Emory faculty from 1983 to 2000, where she was honored by her colleagues with the establishment of the Brenda Bynum Award.

For more information on Lillian E. Smith, Laurel Falls Camp, and the work of the Lillian E. Smith Foundation and Center, please visit:

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*Donations will be accepted and will jointly benefit the Dahlonega Literary Festival and the Lillian E. Smith Center, both non-profit organizations.

Used Book Sale Postponed (again)

Due to the unceasing bad weather, we were forced to cancel the 4th of July Used Book Sale. We apologize to those who came out to see us despite the rain to find nothing but parking lots. But fear not! We will be rescheduling it and having it sometime this fall.

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Book Donations Needed!

A box of books in the public domajn

The Dahlonega Literary Festival is having a used book sale on July 4th from 10-5 on the Square. We need as many used books as we can get: paperback or hardbound, children’s books, cookbooks, fiction or non-fiction. If you live in or near Dahlonega and have any you would be willing to donate to help us keep all the festival events FREE, please contact Arienne Wallace at  So, please go through your bookshelves and clean out your “I’m never going to read this again” stacks!