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.


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 Fourteenth Annual Clarksville Writers Conference, June 1 - 2, 2018. Below is the information from last year's conference. Please stay tuned in the coming weeks for more information about this year's conference.

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:

  • Robert Hicks - writer, preservationist, collector and New York Times bestselling author of THE WIDOW OF THE SOUTH, A SEPARATE COUNTRY and THE ORPHAN MOTHER
  • Malaga Baldi - literary agent with New York-based Baldi Agency
  • Michael Carroll - science journalist, artist, children's author and novelist of cosmic murder mystery EUROPA'S LOST EXPEDITION
  • Rick Gregory - local historian, co-author of HOME OF THE WORLD'S FINEST: A HISTORY OF ROBERTSON COUNTY, TENNESSEE and firm believer in the power of storytelling
  • Alanna Nash - critically acclaimed journalist, biographer and author of seven books, including THE COLONEL: THE EXTRAORDINARY STORY OF COLONEL TOM PARKER AND ELVIS PRESLEY and GOLDEN GIRL: THE STORY OF JESSICA SAVITCH
  • Carol Ponder & Robert Kiefer - award-winning theatre and music professionals whose MY FATHER'S WAR: A STORY OF WAR, SURVIVAL AND GRACE combines memoir, music and spoken word into a reader's theatre performance
  • Tamara Saviano - Grammy-winning producer, publicist and author of WITHOUT GETTING KILLED OR CAUGHT: THE LIFE AND MUSIC OF GUY CLARK, a no-holds-barred biography of the beloved Americana music icon
  • Ken Sherman - literary agent with Los Angeles-based Ken Sherman & Associates
  • Christopher Smith - novelist, editor at The Tennessean newspaper in Nashville and author of SALAMANDERS OF THE SILK ROAD