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.


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, Conference Chair
  • Pam Boyd, Conference Committee Member
  • Taylor Emery, Conference Committee Member
  • Pam Gray, Conference Committee Member
  • James Moore, Conference Committee Member
  • Linda Nichols, Conference Committee Member
  • Paula Paxton, Conference Committee Member
  • Ellen Taylor, Conference Committee Member
  • Mary Nell Wooten, Conference Committee Member
  • Katie Kennedy, Registrar

Conference Workshops and Presentations

Valuable to writers and interesting to readers, our conference offers something for everyone. Sixteen writing workshops and presentations will be held on Thursday, June 6, and Friday, June 7, on the campus of Austin Peay State University in the Art + Design Building. Lunch and refreshments will be provided each day, and book signing will be available.

Manuscript consultations with literary agent Ken Sherman are available free of charge to anyone attending the conference presentations and workshops on Thursday, June 6, and/or Friday, June 7. Appointments 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 keynote banquet featuring Bren McClain, critically acclaimed novelist and recipient of the Fifth Annual "Patricia Winn Award for Southern Literature," will be held the evening of Thursday, June 6, at Club Level of Austin Peay State University's Fortera Stadium, featuring a gorgeous view of this historic campus. 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: