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 will open soon. Please stay tuned to our website for updates.

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

Take advantage of our free offer to let a professional editor help you polish your prose. Librum Artis Editorial Services editor Kiezha Smith Ferrell will work with you in individual sessions to make your manuscript shine. You can engage her 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 make suggestions on what you consider your most representative material.

Manuscript consultations are available at no additional cost to presentation and workshop attendees. Appointments may be made on a first-come, first-served basis at the time of registration. If interested in an appointment, please indicate on your registration form two or three time slots (in order of preference) during which you would like your appointment to be scheduled. On the online registration, you can specify this under "Manuscript Consultation" (listed under your mailing address on the payment page) or by emailing us at We will send you a confirmed time and an address to contact Kiezha with the work for which you would like help—either your synopsis and cover letter or up to 3,000 words of your most representative writing.