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Join us Saturday, Oct. 14, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. for Brenau LitFest

Local storytellers celebrate the lasting reach of literature through all the fine arts. In support of such artists, Brenau University presents a day of literary workshops on poetry, publishing, memoirs and theatrical adaptations at the Brenau Downtown Center. Keynote speaker Carmen Agra Deedy is author of the children’s books The Cheshire Cheese Cat, The Library Dragon and Martina the Beautiful Cockroach. Deedy will present at 2 p.m. at the Theatre on the Square.

Get directions of Google Maps: Brenau Downtown Center • 301 Main Street, SW • Gainesville, Georgia

Carmen Deedy
Carmen Deedy
Author and keynote speaker Carmen Deedy


  • Kids Storytelling and Crafts
  • Read Your Work: Open Mic
  • Vendors
  • Draw Your Favorite Book Characters
  • Literary Characters and Superheroes


Cut and Paste: Children’s Illustration in Collage

10-11 a.m., Ballroom A
Lori Gann-Smith, Claudia Wilburn, Kasie Alt

From Pen to Page: The Creative Process of The Elixir

10-11 a.m., Ballroom C
Katelyn Rochford-Price, Rebecca Jarrett


11-11:20 a.m.

Zines: From Paper to Revolution!

11:20 a.m.-12:20 p.m., Ballroom A
Sam Roper

More than Just Banjos: Sci-Fi in the South

11:20 a.m.-12:20 p.m., Theatre on the Square
Alison Reeger Cook, Darin Bush, Blue Cole, James Palmer


12:20-12:50 p.m.


“Listening Under Water” and Listening to Your Inner Voice

12:50-1:50 p.m., Ballroom A
Sandra Hood

So You’re Ready to Publish Your Masterpiece … But How?

12:50-1:50 p.m., Ballroom B
Alison Reeger Cook, Gay Hammond, Darin Bush, Tori Bailey

The Parrot, A Folktale/Making Something Good Happen

12:50-1:50 p.m., Ballroom C
Caity Johnson, Elizabeth Chappelle


1:50-2 p.m.

Keynote Speaker: Carmen Agra Deedy

2-2:45 p.m., Theatre

Humor Me This

3-4 p.m., Ballroom A
Jameson Gregg

Growing Your Story: From Idea to Finished Book

3-4 p.m., Ballroom C
Rona Simmons

Closing Reception

4-5 p.m., Thomas Atrium

Excerpts from The Forty with Alchemy Drumming and Dance

5-6 p.m., Theatre

Children’s Activities

Pete the Cat

Paint the paper shoes in different colors, and sing the well-known song together!

Fancy Nancy

Participate in a crafty adventure based on the Fancy Nancy series!

Three Little Pigs

Hear the story of the Three Little Pigs, learn the moral, and make some pig crafts.

No, David

Children will draw their own pictures based on this popular book.

Twinkle Little Star

Learn “Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star” in English & Chinese. Stick your star in the sky!

Dr. Seuss

Will read “Oh, The Places You’ll Go” and make crafts about the places you can go in life!

Scavenger Hunt

Children will be able to take part in a literary scavenger hunt for prizes!

If You Give A Mouse a Cookie

Children will hear the book and decorate their own cookie!

Bunny Dance

11:20am-11:50 Ballroom B
An interactive Chinese children’s dance!

Chinese Storytelling

11:50 a.m.- 12:20 p.m. Ballroom B
A story from Journey to the West, using leather shadow puppets!


3-4 p.m. Ballroom B
Learn paper folding and create animals, ships and more!

General inquiries:, +1-770-534-6299 or +1-800-252-5119 | Admissions:, +1-770-534-6100 or +1-800-252-5119 ext. 6100