Clarksville, Tennessee, was a pivotal center of the Southern Renaissance of the 1920s and '30s. Writers of the era living in Clarksville included Robert Penn Warren, Evelyn Scott, Caroline Gordon and Allen Tate. Additional writers, including Cleanth Brooks, Ford Madox Ford, Donald Davidson, Katherine Ann Porter, Robert Lowell, Andrew Lytle, Malcolm Cowley, Frances and Brainard Cheney and others gathered to write and discuss their work at "Benfolly," Tate and Gordon's home overlooking the banks of the Cumberland River. Their Clarksville home became a Mecca for writers of the Southern Renaissance, and from that site poured literature which enriched the American scene. In that great tradition, we offer you the Fifteenth Annual Clarksville Writers Conference.


The Clarksville-Montgomery County Arts & Heritage Development Council, in partnership with Austin Peay State University and the Tennessee Arts Commission, is pleased to present the Fifteenth Annual Clarksville Writers Conference, June 6 - 7, 2019.

Join us for this fun, affordable and talent-laden conference featuring two days of writing workshops and presentations, a keynote banquet with the authors, manuscript consultations and more! This year we are honored to host:

  • Bren McClain - critically acclaimed novelist of One Good Mama Bone, published by Pat Conroy's Story River Books, and the forthcoming Took, winner of the 2016 William Faulkner-William Wisdom prize for Novel-in-Progress, and recipient of the Fifth Annual "Patricia Winn Award for Southern Literature"
  • Leigh Anne Couch - poet, freelance editor, author of the chapbook Green and Helpless and poetry collection Houses Fly Away, and former editor at Duke University Press and the Sewanee Review
  • Deborah LeBlanc - paranormal suspense writer and author of The Tinkerbell Effect: A Writer's Success Workbook on How to Write Multiple Books Per Year
  • Cynthia Marsh - artist of commercial and fine art posters, books and illustrations using dozens of printing techniques and founder and director of the Goldsmith Press and Rare Type Collection at Austin Peay State University
  • Jacob Steven Mohr - senior editor of TCK Publishing and author of the magical-realism coming-of-age story The Book of Apparitions and the dark fantasy Daughter of Man
  • Ken Sherman - literary agent with Los Angeles-based Ken Sherman & Associates
  • Christopher Smith - editor of The Leaf-Chronicle and news director for regional sites in Middle Tennessee, USA Today Network, and author of Salamanders of the Silk Road
  • Caitlin Hamilton Summie - author of the short story collection To Lay To Rest Our Ghosts and co-owner of the book marketing firm Caitlin Hamilton Marketing & Publicity
  • Shana Thornton - owner of independent publishing company Thorncraft Publishing, author of novels Poke Sallet Queen & the Family Medicine Wheel and Multiple Exposure
  • Kevin Wilson - author of novels The Family Fang and Perfect Little World and collections Tunneling to the Center of the Earth and Baby You're Gonna Be Mine
  • Steven Womack - Edgar Award-winning mystery novelist, screenwriter and author of Murphy's Fault, Dead Folks' Blues and Murder Manual