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 Twelfth 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 12th Annual Clarksville Writers Conference, June 2 - 3, 2016.

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:

  • Jim Squires, former Tennessean reporter, former Chicago Tribune editor and author of political Roman a clef West End, published under the pen name Crockett White;
  • Scott Dannemiller, author of The Year without a Purchase: One Family's Quest to Stop Shopping and Start Connecting and the blog The Accidental Missionary;
  • Beverly Fisher, author of historical fiction novella Grace Among the Leavings, based on her grandfather's stories of his Civil War ancestor;
  • Tamara Leigh, USA Today bestselling, award-winning author of fourteen historical and contemporary romance novels including the Age Of Faith and The Feud series;
  • Alison Davis Lyne, freelance illustrator whose credits include eleven titles for Pelican Publishing, spot illustrations, magazine covers, children's books and greeting cards;
  • Joanne F. Miller, artist, blogger, author of Creating a Haven of Peace and co-author of Be Your Finest Art with fine artist Dorsey McHugh;
  • Jennifer Rawls, author of historical fiction novel The Vote, based on women's struggle for suffrage;
  • Jacob Rougemont, comic book writer and researcher for the Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe and Official Index to the Marvel Universe;
  • Ken Sherman, literary agent with Los Angeles-based Ken Sherman & Associates;
  • Michel Stone, South Carolina fiction writer and author of the critically acclaimed debut novel The Iguana Tree and the forthcoming Border Child;
  • Steven Womack, screenwriter and Edgar Award-winning author of eleven mystery/crime novels including Dead Folks' Blues, Murder Manual and Resurrection Bay;
  • Amy Wright, poet, nonfiction editor of Zone 3 Press, and author of two poetry collections, collaborative poetry book Creeks of the Upper South, and five chapbooks.