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 Twelfth Annual Clarksville Writers Conference.


Registration for the 2016 Clarksville Writers Conference has closed. Thank you to all who registered this year!

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 May 19, 2016. Late registration is postmarked between May 20 and May 26, 2015. 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, June 2, AND Friday, June 3, workshops/presentations at Austin Peay State University Morgan University Center, Third Floor. Lunches and refreshments included.
    Includes EITHER Thursday, June 2, OR Friday, June 3, workshops/presentations at Austin Peay State University Morgan University Center, Third Floor. Lunch and refreshments included.
  • BANQUET ONLY ... $50/$60
    Includes ONLY the banquet on Thursday, June 2, at Club Level of Austin Peay State University's Governors Stadium. "Meet the Authors" reception and book signing at 5:30pm with dinner at 6:00pm.

Manuscript Consultations

Manuscript consultations with literary agent Ken Sherman are free to anyone attending the conference presentations and workshops on June 2 and/or June 3. 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