Join Janice Hardy at the Orlando Book Festival!

If you're looking for something fun to do come mid-June, and happen to be in the Orlando, FL area, then come on over and spend the day at the Orlando Book Festival.

The Orlando Book Festival is a day-long celebration of books at the Orlando Public Library. Join me and a fabulous list of authors for book signings, panel discussions, and writing workshops.

I'll be talking about crafting tension with Ward Larsen, and Sarah Andre at 1 p.m., and then signing (and selling) books from 2:00 to 3:50 p.m. 

Enjoy keynote addresses from New York Times bestselling thriller novelist Allison Brennan and New York Times bestselling novelist, screenwriter, and game designer Chuck Wendig.

WHERE: 101 E. Central Boulevard, Orlando, FL 32801
WHEN: Saturday, June 18, 2016
TIME: 10 a.m. to 4:45 p.m.
COST:  FREE to the public

Come See Me at the Leesburg Literary Arts Festival (Central Florida)

By Janice Hardy, @Janice_Hardy

The Leesburg Public Library is hosting its 3rd Literary Arts Festival in partnership with the 39th Annual Leesburg Art Festival. Guest authors (including me!) will be in front of the library for conversation, book sales and autographs.

If you're in the Leesburg, FL area on March 12-13, and you're looking for a fun festival, come on over and say hello. I'll be there all weekend with some fellow local authors, signing books and talking with writers, readers, and book lovers.


Saturday, March 12 from 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Sunday, March 13 from 12:00 noon - 5:00 p.m.


Leesburg Public Library
100 East Main Street
Leesburg, FL 

See you there!

A Change of Venue (Or, I've Moved to Central Florida!)

This year brings some changes in the Hardy household. Right before Thanksgiving, my husband and I moved near the Orlando, FL area. Though I grew up in South Florida, I'd gotten used to the mountains and cold of North Georgia. Readjusting to all the sunshine has been a little weird, but we've adapted quickly and we're enjoying life in the Sunshine State.

We're still living half out of boxes, but eventually it'll all find a home (please, oh, please). The cats are loving the lizard situation and I suspect I'll be rescuing quite a few of the little guys on a weekly basis. The three giant Sandpiper Cranes who live in the area scare the fur off them, but hey, it's a trade off.

I haven't had a chance yet to meet all my local booksellers and check out the libraries, but I'm looking forward to doing both, as well as visiting some Central Florida schools in 2016. So many new people to meet!

Hope everyone is having an awesome 2016 so far.

Upcoming Writing Workshops From Janice Hardy (Seattle Area)

By Janice Hardy, @Janice_Hardy

It's a fun and busy fall this year, and I'm presenting one more workshops in October. If you're in the Seattle, WA area and are looking for some nice and meaty workshop to dig into, give this one a try.

October 16th

How Point of View Can Improve Your Writing

This master class is part of the RWA Emerald City Writers' Conference in Seattle, WA. You can register for just the master class or make it part of your full conference (where I'll also be presenting my, "It's Showtime! Show, Don't Tell" workshop).

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

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