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Lunch with the Authors

Come sit down and have lunch with your favorite DLF authors. Here are the Lunch with the Author Locations for Saturday, March 8, from 12:30-1:30 (attendees are responsible for their own meals):

  • Raymond Atkins: Shenanigan’s (for reservations: cmalcolm@windstream.net)
  • Michael Bishop: Crimson Moon
  • Kim Boykin: Piazza
  • Mark Braught: Don Pollo
  • Jackie Cooper: Don Pollo
  • Alex Hughes: Pueblo’s
  • Joshilyn Jackson: Bourbon Street Grill (for reservations: cmalcolm@windstream.net)
  • Terry Kay: Back Porch Oyster Bar (for reservations, call 706-864-8623)
  • Cassandra King: Corkscrew Cafe (for reservations, call 706-867-8551)
  • Susan Lindsley: Crimson Moon
  • Charles McNair: Corkscrew Cafe
  • Erika Marks: Back Porch Oyster Bar
  • William Rawlings: Piazza
  • Deanna Raybourn: Pueblo’s (for reservations, call 706-867-7155)
  • James R. Tuck: Shenanigan’s
  • George Weinstein: Bourbon Street Grill

Special Appearance authors:

  • Delilah S. Dawson: Picnic Cafe
  • Ann Hite: Gustavo’s
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Special Appearances

In addition to our long list of featured authors and regional authors, we will have special appearances from Delilah S. Dawson, Ann Hite, and Kathryn Hinds!

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Write-in

Information about the Write-In taking place after the festival is over, from 3-6 on Sunday, at Starbuck’s:

Writing doesn’t need to be a solitary endeavor! Bring your writing implement (computer, paper/pen, Alphasmart, etc.) and join fellow writers as we put words on the page, share ideas, gather inspiration, offer commiseration, discuss writing, and of course—write!

We will have activities such as word wars, where we set a timer for 10-15 minutes, then everyone writes as many words as they can till the timer goes off. The winner gets bragging rights until the next war and a prize. We will also have word challenges from the Box of Doom (draw a word or writing prompt from the box and try to include that topic or word in your next scene) for each word war, StoryCubes for inspiration, a writing reference station for those who need a dictionary/thesaurus, and a procrastination station with fun activities for those who need a break. Let’s get writing!

Coffee/tea/snacks will be available for purchase from Starbucks downstairs.

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Updated 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. 303/305)
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. 303/305)
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. 303/305)
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. 303/305)
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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Sponsorship and Donations

CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD PATRON RESPONSE FORM

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!

Sincerely,

Arienne Wallace Rumsch (ariennewallace@windstream.net), Sharon Bacek (sgbacek@america.net), Carol Malcolm (cmalcolm@windstream.net), Ken Smoke (kensmoke369@hotmail.com), April Loebick (aprilnloebick@gmail.com), Sharon Kridel (skridel@windstream.net)

CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD PATRON RESPONSE FORM

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

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Four Regional Authors Added to Line-up

The Dahlonega Literary Festival is proud to welcome a four more authors to our Regional Author line up. Make sure you stop by their booths and meet them at the festival!

  • Carroll McMahan, author of Elkmont’s Uncle Lem Ownby: Sage of the Smokies
  • Denise Weimer, author of Sautee Shadows
  • Patsy M. Henry, author of My Hare Line
  • Jim Booth, author of  The New Southern Gentleman
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