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 Eleventh Annual Clarksville Writers Conference.


The Clarksville Arts & Heritage Development Council, in partnership with Austin Peay State University and the Tennessee Arts Commission, is pleased to present the 11th Annual Clarksville Writers Conference, June 4 - 5, 2015.

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:

  • Sharyn McCrumb, award-winning Southern writer best known for her Appalachian "Ballad" novels, including the New York Times bestsellers The Ballad of Tom Dooley and She Walks These Hills, and the forthcoming Prayers the Devil Answers;
  • E.W. Brooks, author of the breakout series Mafietta and owner of publishing company E.W. Brooks Books;
  • Nick Allen Brown, fiction writer and author of novels Field of Dead Horses and The Astronaut from Bear Creek;
  • Steven Cox, editor of Once I Too Had Wings, a selection of personal journal entries by early 20th century Appalachian writer and artist, Emma Bell Miles;
  • Rod Davis, award-winning novelist and author of South, America, Corina's Way and American Voudou: Journey into a Hidden World;
  • Amy Greene, author of New York Times bestselling novel Bloodroot and the critically acclaimed follow-up Long Man;
  • Stuart Horwitz, founder and principal of New England-based independent editing firm Book Architecture and author of Blueprint Your Bestseller and Book Architecture;
  • Ellen Kanervo, conference chair and project leader of C is for Clarksville on the Cumberland, an art and alphabet book about the city;
  • Barry Kitterman, fiction editor of Zone 3 Magazine and author of novel The Baker's Boy and short story collection From the San Joaquin;
  • Bob Mayer, author of science fiction series Atlantis and Area 51 and thrillers The Green Beret Series and The Presidential Series and founder of publishing company Cool Gus;
  • 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;
  • Margaret Prim, executive director of the Pennyroyal Arts Council and project leader of H is for Hopkinsville, an art and alphabet book about the city;
  • Ken Sherman, literary agent with Los Angeles-based Ken Sherman & Associates;
  • Karen Skolfield, poet and author of Frost in the Low Areas, winner of the 2014 PEN New England Award in poetry and the First Book Award from Zone 3 Press;
  • Eleanor Williams, Montgomery County Historian and author of local history books Homes and Happenings, Cabins to Castles and Worship along the Warioto.