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 2024 Festival Schedule
Saturday, March 2, 2024



Dahlonega Baptist Church, 234 Hawkins Street

(unless otherwise noted)


9:00 – 9:50

“Southern Crime (Noir/Not So Noir” -- part two)” -- Meagan Lucas, Brian Panowich, William Rawlings & Jeff Shaw (RW) -- moderator: Trisha Slay. Rm 28-29


Workshop: “Social Media for Authors: TikTok vs Amy Vanderbilt” -- Rona Simmons. Rm 30


10:00 – 10:50

“Leo and Lucille Frank--Why Their Story Is Still Relevant” -- Steve Oney and Ann Hite --moderator: Juanita Tipton (double session). Rm 28-29

“Writing for Young Adults” -- Chris Negron, Anita Foster (RW), and Julia Watts (UNG visiting professor) -- moderator: Trisha Slay. Rm 26

Poetry: “Two Georgia Poets Present Their Work” -- Ezekiel Black and Kathleen Lewis (RW)  -- moderator: William Wright. Rm 30


11:00 – 11:50

Leo & Lucille Frank session continued. Rm 28-29

Panel: “Writers Never Stop Learning: Accessing Lillian Smith” -- Tanya Bennett, UNG English department, and Matthew Teutsch, director of Lillian Smith Center, Piedmont University, Demorest. Rm 30

“The Aliens Will Come to Georgia First” -- author Stephen Hundley -- moderator: Melissa Lockaby. Rm 26

We Live in a Two-Story House” -- Husband and wife team George Weinstein and Kim Conrey share what it is like when both spouses are writers. Rm 27


Lunch 12:15 – 1:45

“Grassroots Saints and Honkytonk Heroes” Sharyn McCrumb

University of North Georgia Banquet Room A

(404 Georgia Circle)

Tickets are $23.

Pitch Judging Sessions with the UNG Press: by appointment between 12:00-4:00. For guidelines on How to Submit a Book Pitch, go to Church library (Rm 127)

2:00 – 2:50

“Truth Through Fiction: Two Emerging Female Voices in Southern Family Storytelling” --Annette Clapsaddle & Kimberley Brock -- moderator: Candice Dyer. Rm 28-29

“Jimmy Carter: Elected President with Pocket Change and Peanuts” -- author Dot Padgett -- moderator: John Pruitt. Sanctuary

“The Curious Lives of Nonprofit Martyrs” (and more) -- author/satirist George Singleton -- moderator: Bill Walsh. Rm 26

Workshop: “Paths to Publication” -- George Weinstein and Kim Conrey. Rm 30

3:00 – 3:50

"Out of the Asylum (Milledgeville), Onto the Page: A Discussion of Administrations of Lunacy" -- author Mab Segrest -- moderator: Dr. Jacob Appel. Sanctuary

"Into the Mystery: Clues, Red Herrings, and the Enduring Appeal of Amateur Detectives"  -- Matt Aiken, Valerie Burns, Peter Farris, and Vanessa Riley -- moderator: Trisha Slay. Rm 28-29

"Big Cat: The Life of Baseball Hall of Famer Johnny Mize (son of Demorest, GA)" -- author Jerry Grillo -- Moderator: Candice Dyer. Rm 30

4:00 – 4:50

Sharyn McCrumb, Headliner


“Using History and Folklore in Southern Fiction”

Introduced by Kelly West



(Festival schedule is subject to change)

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