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.


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!

Dahlonega Literary Festival

DLF logo square justThe Dahlonega Literary Festival is an annual celebration of books. The next festival will take place March 25-26, 2017. Situated in Historic Downtown Dahlonega, the festival continues to grow and become more and more entertaining as the years go on. We promise it will delight anyone who is a lover of books and reading. All festival events are free and open to the public unless otherwise noted.

Each year the festival presents a slate of invited authors representing a variety of genres sharing their ideas and experiences in various programs. In addition, a number of regional authors (ranging from local to other areas of the Southeast) have the opportunity to purchase a table to both interact with festival attendees and sell their books.

2017 Festival Authors include:

Jacob Appel (Saturday only)
Buzz Bernard
Valerie Boyd
Mark Braught
Rita Mae Brown
Jackie Cooper
Ann Hite
Cassandra King
Erika Marks
June Hall McCash
Maggie Mitchell
William Rawlings
Linda Sands
Susan Sands
George Weinstein

with Special Appearances by:
The Book Widows
Ambassador Jonathan Addleton


Check out the blog roll below for the latest news and updates from the festival committee.

News about the Name Change

It’s official. Word has come down and we’re sticking with the moniker of “Dahlonega Literary Festival.” Thanks for all the input, everyone! Your comments and poll choices definitely helped push the non-change! And while we had some support for our wildcard choices of “The Buy J. F. Lewis’s Book Festival” and “Dahlonegapalooza,” it was the traditional “Dahlonega Literary Festival” that won the most hearts. So we don’t have to worry about our initials changing to “DBF” which would just get confusing (since Decatur Book Festival has the same).

We are Literary, and we are proud!

And fun!