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!

Developed by Patricia Winn in 2005, the Clarksville Writers Conference is presented by the Clarksville Arts & Heritage Development Council, in partnership with Austin Peay State University and the Tennessee Arts Commission.

  • Ellen Kanervo, Executive Director
  • Christopher Burawa, Conference Chairman
  • James Moore, Banquet Chairman
  • Katie Kennedy, Registrar
  • Judy Castleberry, Conference Committee Member
  • Taylor Emery, Conference Committee Member
  • Pam Gray, Conference Committee Member
  • Linda Nichols, Conference Committee Member
  • Sissy Rankin, Conference Committee Member
  • Ellen Taylor, Conference Committee Member
  • Mary Nell Wooten, Conference Committee Member

Conference Workshops and Presentations

Valuable to writers and interesting to readers, our conference offers something for everyone. Twenty writing workshops and presentations will be held on Thursday, June 5, and Friday, June 6, at Austin Peay State University's Morgan University Center. A plate luncheon with dessert, tea and coffee will be served each day in the conference wing's ballroom, with refreshments available throughout the day. Book signing will be set up in the conference lounge.

Manuscript consultations with literary agents Malaga Baldi and Ken Sherman are available free of charge to anyone attending the conference presentations and workshops on June 5 and/or June 6. A limited number of writers' circle sessions with Zachary Michael Jack are available for an additional charge of $45. Appointments for each may be made on a first-come, first-served basis at the time of registration.

Keynote Banquet with the Authors

Enjoy a social event with your favorite authors in a beautiful setting with fine food. A banquet featuring keynote speaker Susan Gregg Gilmore will be held the evening of Thursday, June 5, at the Clarksville Regional Airport Terminal (John F. Outlaw Field), featuring a gorgeous panoramic view of the airfield and runway. Authors will be on hand to sign books during our "Meet the Authors" reception at 5:30pm. Dinner is at 6:00pm.


The Clarksville Writers Conference is made possible in part through the generous support of the following:

Additional funding support has been provided by:

  • Dave and Jennie Beth Johnston
  • Dee Boaz
  • Sarah and Alex Darnell
  • Ned and Jacqueline Crouch
  • Wendell and Jean Gilbert
  • Dewey and Helga Browder
  • Susan H. Menees