Upcoming Event: Keynote Speaker at The Turner Cassity Writers' Workshop

For those in the Georgia area looking for an intimate and fun weekend writers' conference, check out the Turner Cassity Writers' Workshop. I'll be giving this year's keynote on Being a Writer.

Presented by the Cultural Arts Council of Douglasville/Douglas County, this event provides aspiring writers in West Georgia an opportunity to develop their writing skills and prepare their works for publication under the guidance of expert and experienced authors.

There will be multiple workshops all day on Saturday, a Keynote Address, public readings and a reception on Saturday night; a panel discussion Sunday afternoon, concluding with readings and book signings by the featured authors. Workshop schedule:

Book Signing at The Decatur Library

 Southern Breeze is hosting a FREE childrens’ literature book signing at the Decatur Library. Twenty authors of picture books to young adult novels will be on hand to sign books and chat with readers.


WHEN: Friday, March 13, 7:30pm to 8:30pm
WHERE: Decatur Library • 215 Sycamore Street • Decatur, GA

Meet Award-Winning YA Author Meg Medina and Award-Winning Illustrators Bill Mayer and Giuseppe Castellano, plus ME and other local authors:

Kelly Bingham, Robyn Hood Black, Nancy Day, Elizabeth Dulemba, Connie Fleming, SR Johannes, Kami Kinard, Jo Kittinger, Heather Montgomery, Michelle Nelson-Schmidt, Rhonda H. Rucker, Krista Russell, Jennifer Swanson, Patsi Trollinger, Tanya Valentine, Jodi Wheeler-Toppen

Writing Workshop: Janice Hardy at the Dahlonega Literary Festival: 10 Ways to Kick Your Writing up a Notch

WHAT: Writing Workshop
WHEN: March 28, 2015
WHERE: Dahlonega Literary Festival, Dahlonega, GA
TIME: (TBD) 

Come on over to Dahlonega, Georgia at the end of March for my writing workshop at the Dahlonega Literary Festival. Come for the ten tips to kick your writing up a notch, stay for the great weekend of panels with a variety of authors across genres. (And the fried Twinkies)

If you've never been to the Dahlonega Literary Festival before, give yourself a treat and go. It's a great event in a charming mountain town, with lots of friendly people. The always fabulous gals from FoxTale Books (voted the Best Bookstore, 2103 by Atlanta Magazine) will be on hand to sell books, and authors will be available to sign them.

This year's line up:

Raymond Atkins | Susan Boyer | Mark Braught | Jackie K Cooper | Lynn Cullen | Delilah S. Dawson | Jessica Handler | Molly Harper | Kevin Hearne | Kathryn Hinds | Ann Hite | Vicki Lane | Erika Marks | Man Martin* | Frances Mayes* | Cherie Priest | George Weinstein

And Special Appearances by:

Tanya Long Bennett | John D. Cressler | Janice Hardy | Robb Helfrick | Renea Winchester

Join Me for a Free Planning Your Novel Workshop

Start the new year off with a writing bookshop!


If you're in the Atlanta area this January, I'm giving a free novel-planning workshop at the Northeast Spruill Oaks Library.

Planning Your Novel in 10 Easy Steps will cover the key turning points of plot and how to find those points in your story idea. You'll learn a simple process to find and develop the key novel elements, from creating characters to determining the conflict to crafting the major plot points. Explore how to use goals, conflicts, and stakes to build a story and develop characters, and how to approach a story in a way that will make it easier to write and be more marketable to agents, editors, and readers.

There will be a mix of lectures, discussion, and writing exercises, so bring pen and paper (or laptop or pad).

When: Saturday, January 10, 2015 from 10:30 am - 12:30 pm

Where: Northeast Spruill Oaks Library, 9560 Spruill Road, Johns Creek, GA

Cost: It's FREE!

To register:
Contact Stephanie Moody, Southern Breeze/SCBWI Local Liaison at Moodyviews@Bellsouth.net or phone Karen at NESO 770-360-8820. You must register to attend.



Sponsored by The Friends of the Northeast Spruill Oaks Library, The Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators and Southern Breeze in association with the Atlanta-Fulton Public Library system.

Hitting the Road: An Interview With Janice Hardy

Hi All!

I've been interviewed over at Ava Louise's The Road to a Dream, talking about writing, publishing, and some of the stops along the way. Come on over and say hello.


Book Signing Event: Janice Hardy is Coming to Hiram Bookstore on October 24th

I'll be signing books (both the novels and the writing book) and chatting with readers and writers at Hiram Bookstore in Hiram, GA on October 24, from 5-8pm. If you're in the area, come on down and say hello!


Where: Hiram Bookstore
5077 Jimmy Lee Smith Pkwy #109
Hiram, GA 30141
(770) 943-6800

When: Friday, October 24, 5:00 - 8:00 pm


The Shifter Made This Year's List of Ten Books All Young Georgians Should Read!

Exciting news!

I'm thrilled and honored to announce that last week, my teen fantasy novel, The Shifter, was chosen by the Georgia Center for the Book for this year's Ten Books All Young Georgians Should Read list (squee!).

Not only did I receive a beautiful glass trophy, but golden stickers that make the cover pop (just look how pretty it looks there on the book). You can't beat that, except by having writer pal Vicky Alvear Shecter also make the list with her wonderful YA historical, Cleopatra's Moon.

A huge thanks to GCB for selecting The Shifter, and to Joe Davich and Zachary Steele for organizing the award ceremony and a great evening. You guys rock.

The lists are selected by the writers, educators, librarians, and media representatives who comprise the Georgia Center for the Book Advisory Council. They represent a compilation of some of the best Fiction, Non-Fiction, Poetry, and children's literature by Georgia writers and artists. This year marked the fifth edition of the "Books All Georgians Should Read", and the second of the "Books All YOUNG Georgians Should Read".

Here's the full list for both adult and young readers: