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 Fourteenth Annual Clarksville Writers Conference.

 

Clarksville Writers Conference
Ellen Kanervo, Conference Chair
PO Box 555
Clarksville, TN 37041
writers@artsandheritage.us


Directions to Austin Peay State University
601 COLLEGE STREET, CLARKSVILLE

Austin Peay State University

Art and Design Building

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All conference presentations and workshops will occur at the Art + Design Building on the campus of Austin Peay State University, located at 601 College Street in Clarksville, Tennessee.

Click on the images at left for maps to Austin Peay State University and the Art + Design Building, or enter your address in the form for detailed directions.

FROM I-24 W, take Exit 4 to Clarksville. Turn left onto US 79 / Wilma Rudolph Blvd. Continue following Wilma Rudolph Blvd for approximately 6.5 miles as it becomes College Street. Austin Peay State University will be on the right.

FROM TN-13/TN-48 N, turn left onto US-41A Bypass (Riverside Drive) to Clarksville. After approximately a mile, turn right onto College Street. Austin Peay State University will be on the left.

The Art + Design Building is located on the corner of Jackson Alley and Henry Street on the campus of Austin Peay State University.


Directions to F&M Bank
50 FRANKLIN STREET, CLARKSVILLE

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Friday evening's banquet will be held at F&M Bank's The Franklin Room, located at 50 Franklin Street in Clarksville, Tennessee.

Click on the image at left for a map to F&M Bank, or enter your address in the form for detailed directions.

FROM AUSTIN PEAY STATE UNIVERSITY, turn right onto College Street. Travel approximately 0.2 miles, then turn left onto N Second Street. After approximately 0.1 miles, turn right onto Franklin Street. F&M Bank will be on the left.

The Franklin Room is located on the fifth floor of F&M Bank.


Parking

A parking pass will be emailed to conference registrants at least one week prior to the conference. This pass will allow you to park for free at designated spaces on campus.


Accommodations and Things to Do

We welcome out-of-town conference participants and hope your stay here is as comfortable as possible. Please visit our Convention and Visitor's Bureau for information about area attractions, accommodations and restaurants.

Our conference hotel, The Riverview Inn, is located within walking distance of Austin Peay State University and offers accommodations to Clarksville Writers Conference attendees for a discounted rate. Please call (931)552-3331 or toll-free at (877)487-4837 for reservations.