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June 7, 2003
The OVC Room
Tennessee Tech Student Center
Cookeville, Tennessee



8:00 Welcome from Janet Biery,President of CCWA

8:05-9:30 Published Members A panel discuss their books and journey to publication. Mary Green, Jennie Ivey, Judy Lucas, and Dick Standring

9:45-10:45 Elaine Fowler Palencia--The Poets Spirit -How to use poetry in everything you write.

11:00-12:00  Carroll Dale Short--A Writers Tool Kit 12 Proven Ways to Make Your Writing Stronger Today

12:00-1:00  Writer of the Year Award -- Lunch

1:00-2:00 Cameron Judd--Writing to Expectation Important for the Reader and Your Editor.

2:15-3:15 Clay Stafford --From Idea to Screenplay Stories, Novels, Plays -How All Can Lead to a Movie.

3:30-4:30 Mike Towle--Editor at TowleHouse Publishers -Getting from Idea to Publication Choosing Your Route with Care.



ELAINE FOWLER PALENCIA  is the author of  critically acclaimed short story collections,  Brier Country and Small Caucasian Woman and  has two books of poetry in print, Taking the Train and The Dailiness of It. She has won many awards, including a Pushcart Prize nomination for poetry and has been published in literary journals such as Illinois Review, Pegasus, The Sows Ear, and The Distillery as well as the anthologies Magnolias and Mayhem, and Bloodroot; Reflections on Place by Appalachian Women Writers. Elaine conducts extensive workshops and is a freelance writer and editor.

CARROLL DALE SHORT has worked as a newspaper and magazine editor, a television producer, book editor, layout designer, advertising photographer, radio DJ, and journalism instructor (for 17 years at the University of Alabama). His stories have appeared in an impressive list of publications beginning with Redbook and his books include The Shining Shining Path,  I Left My Heart in Shanghi, Alabama,  A Migration of Clowns, The Peoples Lawyer: the Life and Times of Julian McPhillips, Turbos Very Life, and A Writers Tool Kit:. Learn more at

CAMERON JUDD is a native of Cookeville who has been writing for a living for over twenty years. He has been a reporter for the Herald Citizen and the Greenville Sun where he became an editor. Currently he is Tusculum College Director of Communication. He is the author of over thirty novels, mainly westerns and historicals, with over two million copies of his books in print. A few of his books with Tennessee settings are The Overmountain Men, Boone, Passage to Natchez, The Shadow Warriors, Crockett of Tennessee, and The Canebrake Men. Cameron has been called the next Louis LAmour but prefers to be compared to Max Brand and Luke Short.

CLAY STAFFORD is President/CEO of American Blackguard, Inc., a film production company headquartered in Franklin, TN. Clay has more than 1850 film credits and over 250,000 books in print available in 14 languages. He is an award-winning film and TV producer, director, actor and writer.  Working for PBS, ABC, CBS, NBC and film studios like Universal, Penguin, and his own companies he has created everything from documentaries, television specials, commercials and videos for regional, national, and international distribution.  Learn more at or 

MIKE TOWLE is founder of TowleHouse, which publishes timely, and compelling nonfiction books. Mike worked as a sports reporter for several newspapers, then as managing editor at The Summit Group in Texas and executive editor of Rutledge Hill Press in Tennessee before starting his own publishing firm. He is the author of I Remember Ben Hogan and I Remember Augusta. Towlehouse titles he has edited include Mother Teresa: Living in Hope, and other books profiling sports legends such as Tom Landry, Paul Bear Bryant, Joe Paterno, Adolph Rupp, Bobby Knight, Tiger Woods, Bobby Bowden, and Harry Vardon.  Check



Janet Biery Panel moderator is founder and president of CCWA. Her novel, Potters Field, is a cozy mystery about a retired teacher.

Mary Green Mary has completed 50 Years with Bigfoot: Tennessee Chronicle of Co-Existence a non-fiction book and is working on a fictional novel People of the Night, about a big foot family. Mary has a website, BigFoot Lady which keeps her busy. She recently was videotaped for a segment on Liars & Legends on Turner South.

Jenny Ivey Tennessee Tales the Textbooks Dont Tell, co-written with Calvin Dickinson and Lisa Rand, and published by Over Mountain Press, is selling well. Jennie is a former history teacher and school board member who writes a bimonthly column for the Herald-Citizen.

Judy Lucas  - This years novel, The Baron of Rothmoore,  is a romance. Judy lives in Crossville and is a retired accountant who worked for the government in Europe and the Middle East.  Her previous novel, The Good Assassin, was a suspense.

Dick Standring- Dangerous Encounters is the latest in his series of suspense novels featuring investigator Nick Alexander. Previous books were Dangerous Dancing, and the novel set in Cookeville, Dangerous Relationships. Dick was interviewed recently on WCTEs From the Bookshelf. Dick is a retired publishing executive and former pilot.






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Conference fee

Pre-registered   $40.00

Late fee         $50.00

Students         $15.00

Lunch Guests     $15.00

Make check payable to CCWA, mail with form to:

Cumberland Conference

1337 Hillsdale Dr.

Cookeville, TN 38506 

If you have questions, email or call Janet Biery at 931-526-2034