2017 Featured Author: George Weinstein


George Weinstein is the author of the contemporary novel The Caretaker, the Southern historical novel Hardscrabble Road and the multi-cultural historical novel The Five Destinies of Carlos Moreno.

His work has been published locally in the Atlanta press and in regional and national anthologies, including A Cup of Comfort for Writers. His first novel, the children’s motivational adventure Jake and the Tiger Flight, was written for the nonprofit Tiger Flight Foundation, which is dedicated to the mission of leading the young to become the “Pilot in Command” of their lives. He wishes that there had been such an organization in Laurel, Maryland, where he misspent his youth.

George is the former President of the Atlanta Writers Club (AWC) and former everything else there too. Having run out of term-limited positions for him, in 2012 the AWC Board bestowed on George the lifetime title of Officer Emeritus, which means he can never leave. Not that he would, but it’s nice to be wanted. The AWC was established in 1914. George was established only a few years later; he has a self-portrait in his attic that looks like hell.
He lives with his wife and three furry, four-legged children in Roswell, GA.
(Bio and image from author’s website)

Georgia Writers Museum at DLF

While you’re perusing  our talented selection of Regional Writers this weekend, don’t forget to stop by the Georgia Writers Museum booth!

The mission of the museum is “to promote tourism and literary heritage by providing a venue to showcase the lives, accomplishments and works of local authors.” Find out more about the museum at their website: http://www.georgiawritersmuseum.com/ and then stop by their booth in St. Luke’s on Saturday and meet them in person!

Rare Book Sale

The Friends of Lumpkin County Library will offer a selection of rare, old, and downright nifty books at the Dahlonega Literary Festival this year. Please come browse a selection of fiction and non-fiction books, many dating back to the 1800’s. Topics such as the Civil War and Abraham Lincoln will be offered, and authors including Dickens, Joyce, and Huxley (to name but a few). Add a wonderful book to your collection or give a gift that will surely be cherished. All proceeds to benefit the Lumpkin County Library.

Regional Writer Line-up Announced

The full Regional Writer line-up for the 2016 Dahlonega Literary Festival has been announced. Twenty -five writers from the Southeastern United States will be joining us for our festivities, selling their books, and gracing Dahlonega with their presence. These writers represent many different genres.

Check out the full line up on our Regional Writers’ page, and then don’t forget to stop by on March 12 to see them in person!

2016 Featured Author: Jacob M. Appel


Jacob M. Appel’s first novel, The Man Who Wouldn’t Stand Up, won the Dundee International Book Award in 2012.  His short story collection, Scouting for the Reaper, won the 2012 Hudson Prize and will be published by Black Lawrence in November 2013.

Jacob has published short fiction in more than two hundred literary journals including AgniAlaska Quarterly ReviewConjunctionsColorado Review, Gettysburg ReviewIowa ReviewPleiades, Prairie Schooner, ShenandoahSouthwest Review, StoryQuarterly, Subtropics, Threepenny ReviewVirginia Quarterly Review, and West Branch.  He has won the New Millennium Writings contest four times, the Writer’s Digest “grand prize” twice, and the William Faulkner-William Wisdom competition in both fiction and creative nonfiction.  He has also won annual contests sponsored by Boston Review, Missouri Review, Arts & LettersBellingham ReviewBriar Cliff ReviewNorth American ReviewSycamore Review, Writers’ Voice, the Dana Awards, the Salem Center for Women Writers, and Washington Square.  His work has been short listed for the O. Henry Award (2001), Best American Short Stories (2007, 2008), Best American Essays (2011, 2012), and received “special mention” for the Pushcart Prize in 2006, 2007, 2011 and 2013.

Jacob holds a B.A. and an M.A. from Brown University, an M.A. and an M.Phil. from Columbia University, an M.S. in bioethics from the Alden March Bioethics Institute of Albany Medical College, an M.D. from Columbia University’s College of Physicians and Surgeons, an M.F.A. in creative writing from New York University, an M.F.A. in playwriting from Queens College, an M.P.H. from the Mount Sinai School of Medicine and a J.D. from Harvard Law School.  He has most recently taught at Brown University in Providence, Rhode Island, where he was honored with the Undergraduate Council of Students Award for Excellence in Teaching in 2003, and at the Gotham Writers Workshop in New York City.  He also publishes in the field of bioethics and contributes to such publications as the Journal of Clinical Ethics, the Journal of Law, Medicine & Ethics, the Hastings Center Report, and the Bulletin of the History of Medicine.  His essays have appeared in The New York TimesThe New York Daily NewsThe New York PostThe Chicago TribuneThe Detroit Free PressThe San Francisco ChronicleThe Washington TimesThe Providence Journal and many regional newspapers.

Jacob has been admitted to the practice of law in New York State and Rhode Island, and is a licensed New York City sightseeing guide.

(Bio taken from Website)


Bring Your Novel to Life Workshop

Come join us on October 3, 2015 for a writing workshop presented by Janice Hardy. This event is brought to you by the Dahlonega Literary Festival as a fundraising event for the 12th Annual Dahlonega Literary Festival, which will be held March 12-13, 2016.

Great novels blend skilled writing with compelling storytelling, using a multitude of techniques to draw readers in and make them love the book. These techniques work together to build immersive story worlds, creating characters readers love, settings they want to live in, and stories they can’t put down.

In this half-day workshop, you’ll learn techniques to bring your novel to life for your readers. Use point of view to show, not tell, and draw readers in without infodumping; find the best ways to describe the setting and build a world; tap into the emotions of the characters and use those emotions to drive the plot and deepen the story; and how all these techniques work together to build a novel. With hands-on exercises, you’ll practice these techniques in class, and then put them to work in your own novel. Bring your laptop or pages!

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Janice Hardy is the author of The Shifter, Blue Fire, and Darkfall from Balzer+Bray/Harper Collins. She’s also the founder of Fiction University, a site dedicated to helping writers improve their craft, and the author of Planning Your Novel: Ideas and Structure, a self-guided workshop for planning or revising a novel. For more information, please visit her website, www.JaniceHardy.com or her writing site, Fiction-University.com.


October 3, 2015 10 a.m.-3 p.m.


Dahlonega Funeral Home
Community Special Event Room
20 Gibson Road D (on Hwy 60)
Dahlonega, GA 30533

Contact Information:

Carol Malcolm at cmalcolm@windstream.net


$75 (lunch included)
Please make checks to Dahlonega Literary Festival:
Dahlonega Literary Festival
P.O. Box 1401
Dahlonega, GA 30533

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2015 Featured Author: Molly Harper

MHarperMolly Harper worked for six years as a reporter and humor columnist for The Paducah Sun. Her reporting duties included covering courts, school board meetings, quilt shows, and once, the arrest of a Florida man who faked his suicide by shark attack and spent the next few months tossing pies at a local pizzeria. Molly lives in western Kentucky with her family.

More Regional Authors Added!

The Dahlonega Literary Festival is proud to welcome a slate of authors to our Regional Author line up. Check out their websites, read the books, and then come meet them at the festival!

  • Jim Booth, author of Completeness of the Soul: The Life and Opinions of Jay Breeze, Rock Star
  • Alison Reeger Cook, author of The Scholar, the Sphinx and the Shades of Nyx
  • George Winston Martin, author of My Brother, My Friend, My Enemy
  • Dennis G. McKenna, author of Where Do Doctors Hide Their Wings?
  • William L. Stuart, author of Gemstone Chronicles
  • Fiona Page, author of My Nightlife is 24/7