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 Tenth Annual Clarksville Writers Conference.


Thank you to everyone who attended this year's conference, and we hope you will all make plans to join us on June 4 and 5, 2015, for the Eleventh Annual Clarksville Writers Conference!

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:

  • Susan Gregg Gilmore, critically-acclaimed novelist and author of Looking for Salvation at the Dairy Queen, The Improper Life of Bezellia Grove and The Funeral Dress;
  • Malaga Baldi, literary agent with New York-based Baldi Agency;
  • Wade Bourne, outdoors enthusiast, founder and host of the award-winning syndicated "Wired2Fish Radio," editor-at-large for Ducks Unlimited Magazine, and author of six books including Fishing Made Easy;
  • Sue Freeman Culverhouse, journalist and author of Tennessee Literary Luminaries: From Cormac McCarthy to Robert Penn Warren;
  • David and Teresa Elder, owners of independent book publishing company RA Publishing;
  • Beverly Fisher, author of historical fiction novella Grace Among the Leavings based on her grandfather's stories of his Civil War ancestor;
  • Melissa Ginsburg, Oxford, Mississippi-based poet and author of the poetry collection Dear Weather Ghost and the chapbook Arbor;
  • David Huddle, author of critically-acclaimed novels The Story of a Million Years and Nothing Can Make Me Do This and poetry collection Black Snake at the Family Reunion;
  • Zachary Michael Jack, author of more than twenty award-winning books in genres including fantasy, young adult, mystery, narrative nonfiction, literary journalism, memoir and narrative poetry;
  • Melanie Meadow, author of The Waking Up, a work of historical fiction about the Second Great Awakening, and the novel ColorBlind;
  • Chris Offutt, critically-acclaimed author of short story collections Kentucky Straight and Out of the Woods, memoir The Same River Twice and novel The Good Brother;
  • Stephen Ornes, award-winning freelance science journalist and co-author of the Science Writers' Handbook;
  • Ken Sherman, literary agent with Los Angeles-based Ken Sherman & Associates;
  • Shana Thornton, owner of independent book publishing company Thorncraft Publishing;
  • Bud Willis, Florida-based journalist and author of the novel Marble Mountain: A Vietnam Memoir.