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2013 Clarksville Writers Conference

The Clarksville Arts & Heritage Development Council, in partnership with Austin Peay State University and the Tennessee Arts Commission, is pleased to announce the Ninth Annual Clarksville Writers Conference, being held June 6 and 7, 2013, on the campus of Austin Peay State University.

We are very honored to have as this year’s keynote speaker FRYE GAILLARD, who has written extensively on Southern race relations, politics and culture as the author or editor of over twenty books, including Cradle of Freedom: Alabama and the Movement That Changed America and The Books That Mattered: A Reader’s Memoir. Gaillard, writer-in-residence at the University of South Alabama, will speak at Thursday evening’s banquet at Freedom Point at Liberty Park, overlooking the beautiful Cumberland River and historic downtown Clarksville.

The conference banquet will be encompassed by two days of interesting presentations and valuable workshops on Thursday and Friday, June 6 and 7. Authors scheduled to speak include:

  • JANINE BOLDRIN, freelance journalist for Military Spouse magazine and author of e-book The Thinking Spouse’s Guide to Military Life;
  • BETH ANN FENNELLY, award-winning poet (Unmentionables, Open House, Tender Hooks) and co-author of forthcoming novel The Tilted World;
  • TOM FRANKLIN, New York Times bestselling author of Crooked Letter, Crooked Letter, co-editor of anthology Grit Lit: A Rough South Reader, and co-author of forthcoming novel The Tilted World;
  • RHETA GRIMSLEY JOHNSON, journalist, syndicated columnist and author of the memoirs Hank Hung the Moon and Enchanted Evening Barbie and the Second Coming;
  • DALE RAY PHILLIPS, short story writer and author of the Pulitzer Prize-nominated collection My People’s Waltz;
  • ADAM ROSS, author of 2010 New York Times Notable Book Mr. Peanut and short story collection Ladies and Gentlemen;
  • CHUCK SAMBUCHINO, editor of Writer’s Digest’s Guide to Literary Agents and author of Formatting & Submitting Your Manuscript and Create Your Writer Platform;
  • ANN SHAYNE, former editor of book review BookPage and author of novel Bowling Avenue and Mason-Dixon Kitting: The Curious Knitter’s Guide;
  • GEORGE SINGLETON, author of often humorous short story collections and novels, including Stray Decorum, Work Shirts for Madmen and Pep Talks, Warnings, And Screeds: Indispensable Wisdom And Cautionary Advice For Writers.

In addition to the scheduled presentations and workshops, free manuscript consultations with two literary agents will be available to conference participants:

  • DEBBIE CARTER, literary agent with Muse Literary Management in New York City;
  • GINA PANETTIERI, literary agent with Connecticut-based Talcott Notch Literary Services.

A limited number of query letter critiques with CHUCK SAMBUCHINO will also be available for an additional charge of $25.

A complete package including all conference activities is offered, as well as a la carte options. Discounted rates are available for early registration, which is postmarked on or before May 23, 2013. (Late registration is postmarked between May 24 and May 30, 2013.) Visit the conference website at www.artsandheritage.us/writers for author bios, the conference schedule, registration information and more.

The 2013 Clarksville Writers Conference is made possible in part through the generous support of the Tennessee Arts Commission, City of Clarksville, Austin Peay State University, Dr. Howard and Patricia Winn, Gannett Foundation / The Leaf-Chronicle, APSU Office of President Tim Hall, Greater Nashville Regional Council and the Customs House Museum and Cultural Center. Additional sponsors include the Fort Campbell Officers’ Spouses’ Club, Drs. David and Jennie Beth Johnston, Dee Boaz, Jeanie Page Randall, Jean and Wendell Gilbert, and Wade and Rebecca Bourne. The conference was developed in 2005 by Patricia Winn.

2013 Cultural Calendars Now Available

Just in time for the holidays, the Clarksville Arts & Heritage Development Council is offering the perfect stocking stuffer — our 2013 Cultural Calendar.

This year’s wall calendar features the work of local artists Monica Dahl, Paula Baggett Edwards, Leah Foote, Rob Franklin, Bob Gandy, Alan Goldstein, Jim Hancock, Mary Hoffpauir, Lisa Kemmer, Judy Morgan, Patsy Sharpe, David E. Smith, Cliff Whittaker and Rita Woodward.

Artists were encouraged to submit original work related to Clarksville and Montgomery County for inclusion in this fifth annual publication. Area landmarks and points of interest including the Customs House Museum, Franklin Street, Strawberry Alley, Montgomery County Courthouse, Smith-Trahern Mansion, Historic Collinsville, L&N Train Station and Emerald Hill are showcased through photographs, paintings and drawings.

In addition, each month lists some of the rich opportunities Clarksvillians have to enjoy in the form of musical and theatrical productions, art exhibits, and historical talks and tours.

Printing services for the calendar were provided by Jostens Printing & Publishing.

Calendars, priced at $7 each, are available at Seasons (located inside the Customs House Museum); Downtown Artists Co-op; and online via the below button.

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2012 Arts & Heritage Lifetime Achievement Awards


The Clarksville Arts & Heritage Development Council is pleased to announce the recipients of our 2012 Lifetime Achievement Awards in the areas of arts and heritage.

Karel Lea and Greg Biggs, recipients of the Heritage Lifetime Achievement Award, have founded and lectured at dozens of Civil War Roundtables around the state, led Civil War tours around the country, and written numerous Civil War-related articles for publication.

Beverly Parker, recipient of the Arts Lifetime Achievement Award, is a renowned photographic artist, co-founder of the Downtown Artists Co-op, chair of the annual Riverfest Tour d’Art exhibition, and educator for many years of advanced darkroom and alternative photography processes at Austin Peay State University’s Community School of the Arts.

All three recipients will be honored at our Ninth Annual Membership Drive and Lifetime Achievement Awards Ceremony at Emerald Hill Mansion on Thursday, November 29, from 5:30pm until 7:00pm. This event, which will include wine and hors d’oeuvres, is free and open to the public

The Clarksville Arts & Heritage Development Council’s Lifetime Achievement Awards were established in 2006 to recognize individuals who have made significant contributions to the cultural life of Montgomery County, either through the arts or through historical observances. Past Heritage Lifetime Achievement Award recipients include Eleanor Williams (2011), Randy Rubel (2010), JoAnn and Glenn Weakley (2009), Riley Darnell (2008) and Dr. Howard Winn (2007). Past Arts Lifetime Achievement Award recipients include Ned and Jackie Crouch (2011), Rubye Patch (2010), Dr. Solie Fott (2009), Drs. George and Sharon Mabry (2008), Tom Thayer and John McDonald (2007) and Olen Bryant and Thomas Brumbaugh (2006).

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