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.


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
  • Sharon Barnes, Conference Committee Member
  • Aubrey Collins, Conference Committee Member
  • Jacqueline Crouch, Conference Committee Member
  • Taylor Emery, Conference Committee Member
  • Pam Gray, Conference Committee Member
  • James Moore, Conference Committee Member
  • Paula Paxton, Conference Committee Member
  • Ellen Taylor, Conference Committee Member
  • Susan Wallace, 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, August 12, and Friday, August 13, 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.

Keynote Banquet with the Authors

Enjoy a social event with your favorite authors in a beautiful setting with fine food. A keynote banquet featuring Joshilyn Jackson, critically acclaimed novelist and recipient of the Sixth Annual "Patricia Winn Award for Southern Literature," will be held the evening of Thursday, August 12, at F&M Bank's The Franklin Room (50 Franklin Street), overlooking the Cumberland River and featuring an incredible view of Historic Downtown Clarksville. Authors will be on hand to sign books during our "Meet the Authors" reception at 5:30pm. Dinner is at 6:00pm.

Professional Editing Consultations (Virtual)

Take advantage of our free offer to let a professional editor help you polish your prose or take the next step in publishing. Librum Artis Editorial Services editor Kiezha Smith Ferrell is available to help in one of two areas:

  • If you are seeking an agent or a commercial publisher, she can help you shape your synopsis and cover letter.
  • If you prefer to self-publish, she can do a comprehensive edit on a single manuscript sample, up to 2,000 words.

To arrange for your virtual consultation, please email Librum Artis Editorial Services at and use the phrase "CWC attendee" in the subject line. From there, you and Kiezha can discuss your needs. Appointments are on a first-come, first-served basis and must be made by August 20.


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

Additional funding support has been provided by:

  • Jacqueline & Ned Crouch
  • Drs. Dave & Jennie Beth Johnston
  • Dee Boaz
  • Jim B. Marshall
  • Joan R. Harris
  • James Moore
  • Bill Colclough