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9:00-10:00 – Panel:  “From the Mountains to the Oceans: the Place of Place In Writing”
Ann Hite, Erika Marks, and June Hall McCash
Moderator:  Rona Simmons                                                           DBC Rm. 28

Panel:  “The Importance of Genre in Fiction.”
J.D. Jordan, William Rawlings, Linda Sands, Susan Sands, and Kim Wright
Moderator:  George Weinstein                                                      DBC  Rm. 30

Individual Presentation:  CASCADIA: a Novel About a Tragedy That Will Happen”
Buzz Bernard                                                                                      Community House  


10:15-11:15 – Panel: “The Butler Did It: Mysteries, Suspense & Thrillers,”
Buzz Bernard, Maggie Mitchell, Linda Sands, and George Weinstein
Moderator:  William Rawlings                                                     DBC Rm. 30

Individual Presentation:    “Writing & Linguistics”
Jacob Appel                                                                                        Community House                

Individual Presentation:  “Illustrating Harry Potter”
by Mark Braught                                                                               BC Rm. 28


11:30-12:15 – Headliner Cassandra King:  “The Life and Works of Pat Conroy”                                                                                                                                Woodmen of the World Bldg.




2:00-2:45 – Headliner Rita Mae Brown: “Language Exerts Power (Like the Moon on the Tides)”                                                                                     Woodmen of the World Bldg.


3:15-4:15 – Panel:  “Writing About Race Relations: Where Do We Go From Here?”               Valerie Boyd and William Rawlings
Moderator:  Jackie Cooper                                                              DBC Rm. 28  

Panel:  “Y’all Read This? Does Southern Sell?”
Bryce Gibson, Maggie Mitchell, Susan Sands, and Kim Wright
Moderator:  Ann Hite                                                                         DBC Rm. 30

Workshop: “Marketing for Writers:  Using Social Media”
Nick Kastner                                                                                           Woodmen of the World    


4:30-5:30 – Panel: “Hail to the Heroines: Characters in  Women’s Fiction”
Erika Marks, June Hall McCash and Susan Sands
Moderator:  Ann Hite                                                                                   DBC Rm. 28

Panel: “Funny Business: Using Humor in Writing
Jacob Appel, Rita Mae Brown,   and Jackie Cooper                                                                       Moderator:  Jameson Gregg                                                                     DBC Rm. 30

Special Presentation:  “The Reading Gender Gap:  How Men & Women Read Differently”
Book Widows                                                                                                  Community House


5:30 – Reception and Awards: for Student Writing Contest winners                                                                                                                                                                   Community House




11 to Noon – Panel: “Characters We Care About:  Real & Fictitious”
Cassandra King, Linda Sands and Kim Wright
Moderator:  William Rawlings                                                                    WOW Bldg

 Individual Presentation:  “The Art of Illustrating Books”
Mark Braught                                                                                                   Community House


12:15 to 1:15 – Panel:  “Skeletons in the Closet: The Role of Family Secrets & Truths in       Writing”
Jackie Cooper, Erika Marks and Rona Simmons
Moderator:  Candice Dyer                                                                             WOW Bldg

Workshop: “So You Wanna Be a Writer”
by George Weinstein                                                                                      Community House


1:30-2:30 – Panel: “The Role of the Reader: How to Engage”
Buzz Bernard, Rita Mae Brown, Ann Hite, Erica Mason, June Hall McCash, and Maggie Mitchell
Moderator:  Dr. Kristin Kelly                                                                        WOW Bldg                             

Panel: “The Author’s Business Mindset: What Every Author Needs to Know”                      Valerie Boyd,  Mark Braught,  Jeremy Logan, and Susan Sands
Moderator:  George Weinstein                                                                    Community House


2:45-3:30 –  Headliner Ambassador Jonathan Addleton: “The Dust of Kandahar:  A           Diplomat Among Warriors in Afghanistan”                                     Community House                     


Closing and Farewells


BOOK SIGNING SCHEDULE – All at the Community House


10:15 – 10:45 am  Jackie Cooper, Ann Hite,  Erika Marks, June Hall McCash, Kim Wright, Susan Sands,

3:00 -3:30 pm  Jacob Appel, Mark Braught, Rita Mae Brown, Cassandra King, Linda Sands, George Weinstein

4:30-5:00 pm  Buzz Bernard, Valerie Boyd, Maggie Mitchell, William Rawlings

5:30 pm  Book Widows (Valerie Joan Connors, Susan Jimison, Constance McKee, Rona Simmons) – immediately following their presentation


3:30 pm  Jonathan Addleton immediately following his presentation



Jacob Appel – Sat. 10:15 & 4:30

Buzz Bernard – Sat. 9:00 & 10:15, then Sun. 1:30

Valerie Boyd – Sat.3:15, then Sun. 12:15 & 1:30

Mark Braught – Sat. 10:15, then Sun. 11:00 & 1:30

Rita Mae Brown – Sat. 2:00 & 4:30, then Sun. 1:30

Jackie Cooper – Sat. 3:15 & 4:30, then Sun. 12:15

Ann Hite – Sat. 9:00 & 4:30 &3:15, then Sun. 1:30

Cassandra King – Sat. 11:30 & 4:30, then Sun. 11

Erika Marks – Sat. 9:00 & 4:30, then Sun. 12:15

June Hall McCash – Sat. 9:00 & 4:30, then Sun. 1:30

Maggie Mitchell – Sat. 10:15 & 3:15, then Sun. 1:30

William Rawlings – Sat. 9:00 & 10:15 & 3:15, then Sun. 11

Linda Sands – Sat. 9:00 & 10:15, then Sun. 11

Susan Sands – Sat. 9:00 & 3:15 & 4:30, then Sun. 1:30

George Weinstein – Sat. 9:00 & 10:15, then Sun. 12:15 & 1:30

Kim Wright – Sat. 9:00 & 3:15, then Sun. 11

Special Appearances

Rona Simmons (of Bookwidows) – Sat. 9:00 a.m. & 4:30, then Sun. 12:15

Ambassador Jonathan Addleton – Sun. 2:45

Nick Kastner – Sat. 3:15


The Dahlonega Literary Festival is supported by donations and grants from Georgia Humanities, in partnership with the Georgia Department of Economic Development, and the Georgia Council for the Arts, through funding from the Georgia General Assembly.

8 thoughts on “Schedule

    • Yes. Foxtale Book Shoppe is the official bookseller of the Dahlonega Literary Festival and they will be set up in the Community House. You can also peruse our Regional Writers’ and vendor booths located in St. Luke’s.


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