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.


Registration for the Sixteenth Annual Clarksville Writers Conference has closed. We look forward to seeing everyone at this year's conference!

We offer a complete package including all conference activities, as well as a la carte options. Discounted rates are available for early registration, which is postmarked on or before July 29, 2021. Late registration is postmarked between July 30 and August 5, 2021. Queries may be directed to the registrar, Katie Kennedy, at or (931) 551-8870.

  • COMPLETE PACKAGE ... $225/$245
    Includes Thursday and Friday workshops/presentations and Thursday evening banquet.
    Includes BOTH Thursday, August 12, AND Friday, August 13, workshops/presentations at Austin Peay State University's Art + Design Building. Lunches and refreshments included.
    Includes EITHER Thursday, August 12, OR Friday, August 13, workshops/presentations at Austin Peay State University's Art + Design Building. Lunch and refreshments included.
  • BANQUET ONLY ... $50/$60
    Includes ONLY the banquet on Thursday, August 12. "Meet the Authors" reception and book signing at 5:30pm with dinner 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.