Dahlonega Literary Festival

I am one of the organizers of the Dahlonega Literary Festival, an intimate festival situated in historic downtown Dahlonega where we bring the authors to the people. It starts next Saturday, March 8th and rolls over into Sunday afternoon. We have an incredible line-up this year, and your’s truly will be giving a mini-workshop on preparing your manuscript for submission to agents or publishers (or preparing it for self-publishing). My workshop will be Saturday at 4pm.

Come for all the wonderful authors, and don’t forget to come see me at the workshop or drop by the University Press of North Georgia vendor booth, where I’ll be most of the day. Of special note, on Sunday, there will be a Write-in. All writers of all levels is invited to participate!

If you have any questions about the festival or workshop, feel free to leave a comment, or you can email me at aprilnloebick@gmail.com

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Visit literaryfestival.org for more info.

2014 DLF Schedule:

Saturday, March 8th 
*All Programming at St. Luke’s unless otherwise noted

9:15-10:00:

1. Creating Characters That Readers Care About (Rm. 103/105)
Panelists: Raymond Atkins, Michael Bishop, Kim Boykin, Terry Kay, Cassandra King, Erika Marks, George Weinstein
2. Writing and Illustrating Children’s Books, a mini-workshop with Mark Braught (Rm. 106)
(also featuring Patsy Henry and Ed T. Payne)

10:15–11:00:

1. Dahlonega in the Spotlight: Someone Else’s Love Story, A Book Talk with Joshilyn Jackson (Rm. 103/105)
2. Writing Fantasy and Science Fiction, a mini-workshop with Alex Hughes and James R. Tuck (Rm. 106)

11:15–12:00:

1. Glimpse of the Past: Incorporating History Into Fiction (Rm. 103/105)
Panelists: Delilah S. Dawson, Cassandra King, Charles McNair, Erika Marks, Deanna Raybourn, Denise Weimar
2. Writing Fiction: Regional Authors Share Their Experiences (Rm. 101)
Panelists: Jim Booth, Sue Cass, Alison Reeger Cook, Mitch Doxsee, Mike Herron, C.D. Mitchell, Madelyn Shepard, Bill Stuart
3. Character Drawing with Mark Braught (Rm. 106)

12:30–1:30 Lunch with the Author (at area restaurants–attendees responsible for their meals)

2:00–2:45:

1. Fantasy for Everyone: The Many Realms of Speculative Fiction (Rm. 103/105)
Panelists: Michael Bishop, Delilah S. Dawson, Ann Hite, Alex Hughes, James R. Tuck, Jadie Jones
2. Truth Be Told: Writing Non-Fiction (Rm. 101)
Panelists: Susan Lindsley, William Rawlings, Kent Kammermeyer, Dennis McKenna, Carroll McMahan, Fiona Page, Carlotta Russell
3. Writing Poetry, a mini-workshop with Kathryn Hinds, also featuring Jeff Newberry (Rm. 106)

3:00–3:45:

1. From Chuckles to Belly Laughs: Hitting the Right Note with Humor (Rm. 103/105)
Panelists: Raymond Atkins, Kim Boykin, Jackie Cooper, Joshilyn Jackson, Terry Kay, Charles McNair, James R. Tuck
2. Stonepile Writers Reading (Rm. 101)
3. Writing Mysteries, a mini-workshop with Deborah Malone (Rm. 106)

4:00–4:45:

1. On the Edge of Our Seats: The Element of Suspense in Fiction (Rm. 103/105)
Panelists: Alex Hughes, Susan Lindsley, William Rawlings, Deanna Raybourn, George Weinstein, Saundra Kelley. Julia McDermott
2. Southern Poetry Anthology Presentation and Reading (Rm. 101)
3. Preparing Your Manuscript, a mini-workshop with April Loebick, Managing Editor, University of North Georgia Press (Rm. 106)

5:15–6:30 Author Meet-and-Greet, Open to the Public, Community House

7:00 Saturday Night Live: Dinner at Don Pollo’s
Buffet dinner for $17.99 plus tax, or order from the menu. Six of our featured authors will read short selections.

Sunday, March 9th 
*Programming held at Community House

12:30–1:15

What is Southern Fiction, Anyway?
Panelists: Raymond Atkins, Kim Boykin, Jackie Cooper, Terry Kay, Cassandra King, Charles McNair, George Weinstein

1:30–2:15

The Role of Setting in Fiction
Panelists: Michael Bishop, Mark Braught, Alex Hughes, Susan Lindsley, Erika Marks, William Rawlings, James R. Tuck

After the Festival Fun for Writers:

3:00–6:00 p.m.

Write-In (Starbuck’s next to UNG campus)
How would you like to meet with other aspiring writers to discuss issues, offer support, share ideas, and even play a game or two? Word Wars and Word Challenges will be part of the fun. Come and join in after the other festival events are over.

 

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