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 Tenth Annual Clarksville Writers Conference.


Thank you to everyone who attended this year's conference, and we hope you will all make plans to join us on June 4 and 5, 2015, for the Eleventh Annual Clarksville Writers 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 May 22, 2014. Late registration is postmarked between May 23 and May 29, 2014. Queries may be directed to the registrar, Katie Kennedy, at or (931) 551-8870.

Please check back in the coming weeks for registration information.

  • COMPLETE PACKAGE ... $225/$245
    Includes Thursday and Friday workshops/presentations and Thursday evening banquet.
    Includes BOTH Thursday, June 5, AND Friday, June 6, workshops/presentations at Austin Peay State University Morgan University Center, Third Floor. Two lunches and refreshments included.
    Includes EITHER Thursday, June 5, OR Friday, June 6, workshops/presentations at Austin Peay State University Morgan University Center, Third Floor. One lunch and refreshments included.
  • BANQUET ONLY ... $50/$60
    Includes ONLY the banquet on Thursday, June 5, at the Clarksville Regional Airport Terminal (John F. Outlaw Field). "Meet the Authors" reception and book signing at 5:30pm with dinner at 6:00pm.

Manuscript Consultations

Manuscript consultations with literary agents Malaga Baldi and Ken Sherman are free to anyone attending the conference presentations and workshops on June 5 and/or June 6. 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 with whom you would prefer an appointment, as well as 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 / Writers Circle" (listed under your mailing address on the payment page) or by emailing us at

Writers' Circle Sessions

Primed to send off that long-simmering book proposal and sample chapter to a publisher or agent? Ready to enlist expert eyes to actually read and provide constructive feedback on your opening pages, not just listen to your pitch? Assuming a well-crafted cover letter, it's the writing sample that's likely to make or break your prospects with editors, agents, and potential publishers. Join graduate writers' workshop core faculty member Zachary Michael Jack as he leads these genre-inclusive, friendly-yet-focused critique sessions for serious writers committed to their craft. To ensure individual attention to each and every manuscript, space is limited to three students per session on a first-register, first-serve basis. Pre-register for one or more workshop sessions to join this unique, expert-led circle of devoted writers gathered in good-spirited community. All genres welcome.

Manuscript Requirements: Each pre-registered writer should print out four duplicate copies, totaling 5 to 10 double-spaced pages each, from their working manuscript, and bring to the workshop for which they are pre-registered. Writers may wish to sign-up for a second session to receive feedback on an additional chapter or to test out revisions made to chapter one.

Cost is $45 per session. If interested in participating in a writers circle session, please check the appropriate box on your registration form and mail in cash, check or money order made out to "Zachary Michael Jack." On the online registration, you can specify your preferred session time(s) under "Manuscript Consultation / Writers Circle" (listed under your mailing address on the payment page) or by emailing us at