Jamie O'Quinn, Hattiesburg Chapter
Jamie O'Quinn, Jamie O'Quinn, Hattiesburg
Chapter President, is a very active volunteer
in her community. She has also spearheaded
several MWG events in the Hattiesburg area
including an authors fair, “Honoring Historic
Mississippi Writers” presentations, and
Michael Garrett’s publishing workshops, and
Thomas Larson’s “Writing the Memoir”

O’Quinn is a former editor and currently
works as a freelance writer and
photographer. See Jamie's website
Hollywood South
Visit Hattiesburg
The Hattiesburg Chapter meets the first Saturday of each month at 1 pm
at the downtown Hattiesburg Library on Hardy Street. Please join us or
Jamie for more information.
Jamie O'Quinn
Nationally published and Amazon #9 Best Selling author Dean Meador Smith was the guest
speaker at a Hattiesburg Chapter of the Mississippi Writers Guild meeting. Smith, a native of
Hattiesburg spoke from her heart about her experiences and inspiration as a writer.

Smith originally wrote “The Lenten Tree” for her children and later shared it with church
members and other local churches. When the church copy machine broke and they could no
longer make copies, a request from an out-of-state church planted the seed to publish it. After
20 rejections from publishers, Smith self-published and sold out of her original 2000 copies
within two weeks. The book was picked up by a local publishing company and later a
nationally known company. In 2008, “The Lenten Tree” made #9 on Amazon’s Holiday Best
Seller List. After 20 years, it has sold over 50,000 copies.

In addition to “The Lenten Tree”, Smith also authored “The Advent Jesse Tree”, “Wrestling
with Rejection from a Job”, and a newly created cookbook for her tearoom entitled “Ms. Sippy”.

Smith is co-owner of Simply Teavine in Hattiesburg, an award winning actress for the
Mississippi Theatre Association and a musical director/conductor.
Pictured front L to R: Peggy Williamson, Dean Meador Smith, Nell Allen
Back L to R: Lee Smith, Norma Perry, Gary McGregor, Virginia Butler,
Jean Taylor, Dorothy Lucas, Verna Ebbert, Jamie O’Quinn"
Past Events
February 20, 2010 at Main Street Books, Hattiesburg, MS.  The turnout was overwhelming and
the 9 to 5 day sped by as Coop delivered this informative workshop.  To see photos from that
click here.