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 Sixteenth Annual Clarksville Writers Conference.


We are sorry to announce that the 2020 Clarksville Writers Conference is cancelled. This event is held annually on the Austin Peay State University campus, and the University has decided not to re-open the campus during the summer. Please stay safe and well, and we look forward to seeing you next year at the Clarksville Writers Conference on June 3 and 4, 2021.

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:

  • Joshilyn Jackson - New York Times and USA Today bestselling novelist of nine books, including gods in Alabama, The Almost Sisters and Never Have I Ever, and recipient of the Sixth Annual "Patricia Winn Award for Southern Literature"
  • Kelly J. Beard - author of memoir An Imperfect Rapture and former attorney who practiced employment discrimination in the Atlanta area for two decades
  • Dana Chamblee Carpenter - author of the award-winning Bohemian Trilogy, including the books Bohemian Gospel, The Devil's Bible and Book of the Just
  • Kiezha Smith Ferrell - founder of Librum Artis Editorial Services and professional print media editor with over 25 years of experience
  • Debra Coleman Jeter - Selah Award-nominated author of The Ticket and co-writer of the screenplay for Jess + Moss, which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival
  • Joy Jordan-Lake - author of the bestselling novel A Tangled Mercy, Blue Hole Back Home and the forthcoming historical mystery Under a Gilded Moon
  • Robert Mangeot - short story writer whose work has been published in Alfred Hitchcock Mystery Magazine, The Forge Literary Magazine and Lowestoft Chronicle, among others
  • James Nihan - award-winning songwriter, poet, author of ReVisions: Seeing Old Stories with New Eyes and contributor to the musical Nanyehi, Beloved Woman of the Cherokee
  • Janisse Ray - writer, naturalist, activist and author of Ecology of a Cracker Childhood and The Seed Underground: A Growing Revolution to Save Food
  • S.M. Williams - author of historical romances The Winter Prophecy, High Treason and Rosemary and historical fiction novel Chinquapin: The Last Great Hope
  • Renea Winchester - critically acclaimed author of nonfiction book Farming, Friends & Fried Bologna Sandwiches and novels Outbound Train and The Mountains Remember