4th Annual Mississippi Writers Guild
Writers Conference
August 6-7, 2010
To be held in Historic
Vicksburg, MS right on
the Mighty Mississippi
August 6-7, 2010
Bring your families to enjoy
Vicksburg's Historic Tours and
beautiful scenery.
Riverwalk Casino
Conference Facility
Overlooking Ole Man River

Friday August 6th, 2010

3:30 – 6:00 p.m. Conference Registration, check-in, mingle, (Dinner on your own)

6:00 – 7:30 p.m. Literary Artists on Stage (LAOS), Riverwalk Conference Facility

8:00 – 9:00 p.m. Historical Downtown Vicksburg Ghost Tour hosted by Dr. Alan Brown, 2010
Conference Speaker

Saturday August 7th, 2010

6:30 – 8:00 a.m. Breakfast (on your own) & Registration

8:00 – 9:25 a.m.  Registration/Orientation/Opening with Keynote speaker, Regina Brooks

9:30 – 10:30 a.m. Workshop I

10:45 – 11:45 Workshop II

12:00 – 1:00 Lunch (On your own) Book Sales/Autographs

1:15 – 2:15 p.m. Workshop III

2:30 – 3:30 p.m. Workshop IV

3:45 – 4:45 p.m. Speaker Panel Discussion/Awards/Closing with Brooke Warner/Door Prizes

5:00 – 5:20 – Book sales/autograph session

5:30 – 6:30 – Formal Critiques/Informal Critiques*
*Formal critiques by a conference speaker (see guidelines below*):
Thorough beforehand critique with 15 minutes discussion session -
$35.00 MWG Member; $40.00 non-member (For Early Registration
Attendees Only).  Others may join informal critique sessions. Bring five
copies of no more than ten manuscript pages.)

*Manuscripts must be double-spaced, Courier 12 font. Page 1 should include your name, address, email address, and phone number
in top left corner. First paragraph should begin in the middle of the page. All other pages must include manuscript title and page
number in the top right-hand corner. Send no more than 25 pages paper-clipped DO NOT STAPLE.
Manuscripts must be received
by June 30th,
No exceptions. Manuscripts that have not followed submission guidelines will be returned unread with attendee's
conference packet.

CANCELLATION POLICY: A 50% refund will be granted for
registration cancellations made prior to August 1, 2010. No refunds
after August 1, 2010.

Mail Registration Fees with registration to:

2010 Conference Registration
Mississippi Writers Guild
P. O. Box 3845
Meridian, MS 39303-3845
Regina Brooks,
Literary Agent and
Regina Brooks is the founder and president of Serendipity Literary Agency LLC,
based in Brooklyn, New York. Her agency has represented and established a diverse base of award-winning
clients in adult and young adult fiction, nonfiction, and children's literature, including: three-time National
Book Award finalist,  the Coretta Scott King Honor and the 2006 Michael Printz Honor Award-winning author
Marilyn Nelson; winner of the 2008 Coretta Scott King/John Steptoe New Talent Award, Sundee Frazier; Nina
Jablonski; Director of the California Academy of Sciences, and Marjorie Greenfield (The Working Women’s
Pregnancy Book).  Brooks also has a talent for identifying new voices and potential authors like Derrick
Barnes, whose first novel, The Making of Dr Truelove won an American Library Association Award. Prior to
opening her own agency, Ms. Brooks held senior editorial positions at John Wiley and Sons (where she was
not only the youngest but also the first African-American editor in their college division) and McGraw-Hill.
She is the author of the children's book, Never Finished! Never Done! (Scholastic 04) and WRITING GREAT
BOOKS FOR YOUNG ADULTS (Source Books 09). Brooks is also on the faculty of the Harvard University
publishing program. Her recent sales include; In the Black: Live Faithfully Prosper Financially (Harper
Collins), Handle Your Entertainment Business. (Hachette); Wishing: How to Fulfill Your Dreams (Beyond
Words/Atria) Girligami ( Watson Guptill) Beautiful Ballerina (Scholastic) and Imperfections (Clarion)
Sweethearts Of Rhythm (Random House) She is a regular speaker at writer’s conferences and is interested
in areas of non-fiction and literary and commercial fiction for adults, young adults and children, and subjects
like politics, psychology and self-help, pop culture, health, science, women's issues, parenting, cooking, and
design crafts, alternative spirituality, business, science, technology, and always interested in new and
emerging writers.
the Literary Arts
Katie McHugh
Executive Editor
Da Capo Lifelong Books
(Perseus Book Group)
Katie McHugh is executive editor at Da Capo Lifelong Books, an imprint of the
Perseus Books Group, the largest independent trade publisher and distributor. Founded as
a health and wellness imprint in 2003, Lifelong’s mission is to publish books that inform,
inspire, and above all, improve your life. Katie acquires a broad list of commercial nonfiction in
categories of diet, health, cooking, parenting, relationships, self-help, lifestyle, and inspiration.
She often works with first-time authors and strives to help writers maximize the editorial and
marketing potential of their ideas. Recent titles include the New York Times bestsellers 29
Gifts by Cami Walker, One Year to an Organized Life by Regina Leeds, The Metabolism
Miracle by Diane Kress, and the national bestseller Veganomicon by chefs Isa Chandra
Moskowitz and Terry Hope Romero. Prior to joining Perseus, she was an editor for Random
House and Penguin Group. Katie attended the Columbia Publishing Course at Columbia
University and has a BA in writing from Loyola College in Maryland. She lives in Brooklyn, New
Lauretta Hannon  “is the funniest woman in Georgia.” Southern Living

Lauretta Hannon is the author of The Cracker Queen—A Memoir of a
Jagged, Joyful Life, Gotham 2009, which became a Southern Indie Bestseller
three weeks after its release. She has been a commentator on National Public
Radio’s All Things Considered where her stories reach 25.5 million listeners. For
nearly a decade she has been known for her commentaries on Georgia Public
Radio’s Georgia Gazette. She is also the author of Images of America: Powder
Springs, Arcadia 2004. Prior to her radio work, she was a columnist for Creative
Loafing, then the weekly alternative newspaper in Savannah, Georgia. Over the
years she has contributed pieces to newspapers across Georgia including the
Atlanta Journal-Constitution. She has also worked as a university executive, cocktail
waitress, vice president of an advertising agency, an independent radio producer,
and a writing instructor. As a marketing consultant, Lauretta advises corporations,
non-profits, and universities. Prior to quitting her job as a college marketing director
in 2009, she was nationally-acclaimed as the most award-winning communications
expert in higher education. Today she is in-demand as a speaker and performer
and offers writing seminars through her Down Home Writing School.

Kirkus Reviews, “Hannon hails the power of laughter as the iron lung of life. Nonetheless, she
frequently wrings the heart with her portrait of a home life ever on the verge of combusting,
periodically igniting into mayhem…A bracing, heart-gladdening embrace of human foibles and

Tucson Citizen: “This wonderfully written book is the perfect anecdote for our present hard

“Fans of storyteller-humorist Lauretta Hannon know her as the Cracker Queen. We’re calling
her the funniest woman in Georgia…This gal is a trip…Great inspiration for your next book club
meeting,” writes
Southern Living.

The South Magazin
e: a “must-read.”
Dr. Alan Brown has been a professor of English at the
University of West Alabama since 1986.  He first became
interested in oral ghost narratives while editing a collection of
Ruby Pickens Tartt’s W.P.A. life histories and ex-slave narratives
titled Dim Roads and Dark Nights (1993).  He began collecting
oral ghost stories in 1993 from people he met while lecturing for
the Alabama Humanities Foundation.  These stories were
published in The Face in the Window and Other Alabama
Ghostlore (1996).  In 2000, Dr. Brown published a collection of
oral ghost narratives from the entire South, Shadows and
Cypress.  Two other collections of ghost stories--Haunted Places
in the American South and Stories from the Haunted South—
were published in 2002 and 2004, respectively.  Ghost Hunters
of the South, which profiles forty-three Southern paranormal
research groups, was published in 2006.  Dr. Brown’s book—
Haunted Georgia—was published in 2008. Haunted South
Carolina was published in January 2010.  Dr. Brown’s latest
book, Ghosts along the Mississippi, will be published in October
Hester Bass is the author of The Secret World of Walter Anderson,
winner of the 2010 NCTE Orbis Pictus Award for Outstanding Nonfiction for
Children. This picture book biography of the Mississippi artist is also an
NCSS Notable Social Studies Trade Book for Young People, a Kirkus
Reviews Best Books of 2009, SIBA Okra Pick, Southern Indie Bestseller, and
represented Mississippi at the Pavilion of the States during the 2009 National
Book Festival in Washington, D. C.
After a childhood in rural Georgia and a B.A. from Simmons College in
Boston, Hester worked in radio and television advertising, sang in a rock
band, was a Shakespearian actress, singing telegram messenger, and Hot
Seat contestant on “Who Wants To Be A Millionaire” before becoming a
children’s author.
Hester Bass utilizes her many years as a performer to, as one librarian said,
“encourage the most reluctant reader to read and the hesitant student to
write.” She has appeared at schools, book festivals, and conferences across
the southeast, and gave a speech at the 2009 Annual Conference of the
American Library Association in Chicago.
Hester is an active volunteer with SCBWI, the Society of Children's Book
Writers and Illustrators. Her first children's book, So Many Houses, was
published by Children’s Press/Scholastic in 2006. She lives with her family
near Huntsville, Alabama.


9:30 – 10:30 a.m. Workshop I

1A – Alan Brown – How I Got Published: Navigating the World of Small and University Presses
1B – Lauretta Hannon- Don’t Wait For ‘Em to Die: Why The Time to Write Your Life Story is Now
1C -  Hester Bass – I Think I Can: Writing for Children and Teens

10:45 – 11:45 Workshop II

2A – Katie McHugh– Inside the Publishing House
2B -  Regina Brooks –  Writing the Undeniable Book Proposal
2C -  Alan Brown – Preserving Family History

12:00 – 1:00 Lunch (On your own) Book Sales/Autographs

1:15 – 2:15 p.m. Workshop III

3A – Lauretta Hannon – Marketing Mojo: Marketing Can Catapult You to Success Before the Book Deal
3B -  Hester Bass – Agents and Editors: Your Partners in Publishing for Children and Teens
3C -  Katie McHugh – What Makes a Book Marketable?

2:30 – 3:30 p.m. Workshop IV

4A -  Lauretta Hannon – Don’t Wait For ‘Em to Die (Repeat of 1B)
4B -  Regina Brooks – What you Need to Know About Literary Agents
4C -  Alan Brown – How I Got Published (Repeat of 1A)

3:45 – Closing Keynote – Editor Brooke Warner

4:15 – Panel Discussion (All speakers at table for question/answer period)

Mail in workshops choices with the registration from below to

MWG 2010 Writers Conference, P. O. Box 3845, Meridian, MS 39303




Contact and book orders for conference bookstore must  be
made through MWG or On-Site Bookstore,
Lorelei Books,
Vicksburg, MS by July 1, 2010.  No books may be brought
and sold at conference except those that have gone through
the proper conference channels. Only conference attendees
may sell books at MWG Conference. NO EXCEPTIONS.  
Please print
self-published book form, fill out, and bring to
the conference.
2010 MWG Writers Conference Registration through Paypal
(Please print/save Registration sheet, fill out, and mail or
email to MWG at P. O. Box
3845, Meridian, MS 39303)

Earlybird Registration (by June 30, 2010)

All-day Saturday Sessions:

Member Regular                $106                             Non-Member           $125

Member Senior/Student    $  80                             S/S Non-Member    $  96

Earlybird Registration Half-Day Sessions

Member Regular                 $ 60                             Non-Member            $ 70

Member Senior/Student     $ 50                             S/S Non-Member     $ 60

Formal Critique Session (Earlybird Registration Only)
(Manuscript should be postmarked by June 30, 2010
and mailed to MWG at the above address.)

Member $35                                                             Non-Member           $ 40

Earlybird Package (Includes full conference and formal critique)

MWG Member    135                                      Member S/S                $110

Non-Member      160                                      Non-Member S/S        $130

Registrations received July 1st and afterwards:

All-Day Saturday Sessions:

Member Regular               $125                               Non-Member           $145

Member Senior/Student   $  96                               S/S Non-Member    $116   

Half-Day Saturday Sessions:

Member Regular                $ 65                                Non-Member           $ 75

Member Senior Student    $ 55                                S/S Non-Member    $ 65


(There must be minimum number of 8 attendees in each Group/Class registration to
receive Group/Class Rate.  Please indicate name of Group/Class Leader on each
separate registration.)

EARLYBIRD (Registration by June 30, 2010)

Group (per person)           $ 96

Class (per person)            $ 80

REGULAR (Registration July 1st and after)

Group (per person)           $ 112

Class (per person)            $   94
Mississippi Writers Guild Conference!

This will be a wonderful opportunity to have fun and get a great
deal while helping the Guild with a tax-donation.  All monies will  
go towards the MWG program fund. Goodies will be on auction
from Friday night and all day Saturday. Last call for bids will be 3:
45 and prizes will be awarded to the highest bidder.

Donations so far include:

Frankie Germany - Choctaw Indian Basket – value $45
Connie Rainey – Painting – retail $75
Phillip Levin – framed photography
Greg Cartmell painting - value TBD
Sylvia Follis painting - value TBD
Marsha Iverson painting - value TBD
Kelly Corey - Artwork - value TBD
Julie Lee - Art - value TBD
Kris Gianakos - Painting - value ^$130.00
Bebe Gianakos - Pottery - value TBD

Jewelry by Roche and Associates: watches, and gift packets
Talking Atomic Watch – retail $30
Binoculars – retail $99
Menz fashion tie cuff links
hankie set retail $60
Buxton Wallet – leather, beige - $25

Virginia Schafer - Time Share Vacation at THE FALLS – 4 star apartment in
Branson, MO for 9/2/2010 to 9/06/2010 Sleeps 4 – value $1000

2011 Mississippi Writers Guild Writers Conference - $145.00 value

Laurie Johnson - Life Coach, Coaching sessions are one-on-one, telephone
sessions that allow the client to work with the coach to discover their
strengths and design a part of their life or work environment to achieve
greater success. Coaching sessions allow the client to align their work with
their natural tendencies, values, or calling (soul purpose). Coaching is not
'therapy' as the client works on the present situation and future goals or
vision, rather than focusing on the past.  The participant chooses from 3 -
45 minute sessions or 4 - 30 minute sessions. They don't all have to be
taken in the same month but the client's issue may suggest completion
within 2-3 months maximum. Long distance charges may apply. Auction
item winner need not be a Mississippi resident to participate in coaching
sessions.  Retail value $400. http://4elementscoaching.com/services/

Autographed books/ CD's as follows:

Charlaine Harris – signed edition paperback – Definitely Dead retail $8.00
Carolyn Haines hard back book,
Bone Appetit - signed and retail $25
Rick Ward - autographed hardbacks (retail $26.00) and paperbacks (retail $13.00) of
The Lawmaker and
Bloodstained Justice.
Suzanne Hudson – signed edition of paperback -
Opposable Thumbs retail $14.95, (Ruby Pearl Saffire) – signed
edition paperback –
Second Sluthood retail $14.95, signed edition paperback -"n the Dark of the Moon retail $14
Joe Formichella – signed edition hardcover book -
Staying Ahead of the Posse: The Ben Jobe Story - retail $25,
signed edition hardcover book –
Murder Creek – retail $25.95, signed edition paperback book – Here’s To You,
Jackie Robinson
– retail $13.00
Glen Stripling – signed paperback book –
Chronosia – retail $11.95
Patricia Neely- Dorsey – signed paperback books -4-
Reflections of a Mississippi Magnolia – retail $15.00 each
Helen Sanders – signed hardback book –
Vengeance is Mine – retail $25.00
Anne B McKee – signed first edition hard cover book -  
Historic Photos of Mississippi – retail $40
Connie Rainey – several books
Dick Laurie – signed edition paperback book -
If the Delta Was the Sea – retail $18.00
Phillip Levin – Books
Ralph Gordon/Richelle Putnam - autographed CD, "Women of Potta Chitto" retail $10.00
Ken Davies - Floating Galaxy CD, elegant electronic, ambient music - retail $20.00

More to come!

Donations needed: Are you an author and would like to donate your book?
(good PR and tax donation), an artist?, a retailer? Do you have any craft
hobbies, sell jewelry, makeup, nutritional products? Do you know any
businesses in your area that would donate an item? Have you asked your
local chamber for a gift basket? (PR for your community)...the list is
endless. Help out the MWG, have fun and bring your piggy bank!
Conference schedule and PAYPAL registration below

TEACHERS:  CEU's available
Approved through Meridian Community College
On Friday, August 6, Conference Speaker, Dr. Alan Brown, is giving a FREE
walking ghost tour of Vicksburg for the participants of the Mississippi Writers'
Guild conference.  Dr. Brown is the author of Haunted Vicksburg and Haunted
Natchez.  The tour will begin at 8:00 p.m. in front of the Old Court House Museum
at 1008 Cherry Street.  The hour-long tour will cover the city's most haunted
antebellum buildings.  A van will take participants from the River Walk Hotel to the
Old Courthouse.
Photos from 2010 MWG Writers Conference