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 Thirteenth Annual Clarksville Writers Conference.

 

Below is the tentative schedule for the 2017 Clarksville Writers Conference. Please stay tuned to this website in the coming weeks for updates.

 



Friday, June 2, 2017
CONFERENCE PRESENTATIONS / WORKSHOPS
Austin Peay State University's Sundquist Science Complex
601 College Street, Clarksville

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8:30am - 9:00am
REGISTRATION AND MORNING REFRESHMENTS

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9:00am - 10:15am
PRESENTATIONS/WORKSHOPS

RM A - Carol Ponder & Robert Kiefer "My Father's War: A Story of War, Survival and Grace"
On July 4, 1989, Lieutenant Herschel Ponder wrote to his three daughters, "...I had a sudden urge to tell you about my war, World War II — and the subsequent coping — my peace." From his resulting memoir, Ponder Anew, Lt. Ponder's daughter, Carol, and her husband, Robert Kiefer, created a readers theatre production by choosing material from the memoir, writing a narrative context for the story, and choosing and arranging contextual music and songs. In this workshop, Carol and Robert will perform the 45-minute version of the play, a stellar example of the "page to stage" process when working with historic material, and begin the writing workshop with a general discussion and personal freewriting.

RM C - Appointments with literary agent Malaga Baldi
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 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" (listed under your mailing address on the payment page) or by emailing us at artsandheritage@cdelightband.net.

RM D - Appointments with literary agent Ken Sherman
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 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" (listed under your mailing address on the payment page) or by emailing us at artsandheritage@cdelightband.net.

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10:30am - 11:45am
PRESENTATIONS/WORKSHOPS

RM A - Carol Ponder & Robert Kiefer "My Father's War: Your Memoir"
In this continuation of their first workshop, Carol and Robert will lead you through a creative writing process inspired by your response to the first workshop as a way also to explore the structure and impact of the piece. You will leave the two workshops with a sense of how theatre can make historic information come alive; the outline of a process through which to adapt primary documents into performance pieces; and a small work of art you've created — a slam poem or short memoir piece, with suggestions for approaching the performance of your written work. Note: The first workshop is a prerequisite for participation in this workshop.

RM B - Rick Gregory "Who Am I? Who Are You?: The Power of Stories"
There is a link between how much we trust other people and how much we know about them. Sharing stories about ourselves is a good way to bond and build relationships. This session will help participants tell/write their personal stories.

RM C - Appointments with literary agent Malaga Baldi
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 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" (listed under your mailing address on the payment page) or by emailing us at artsandheritage@cdelightband.net.

RM D - Appointments with literary agent Ken Sherman
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 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" (listed under your mailing address on the payment page) or by emailing us at artsandheritage@cdelightband.net.

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NOON - 1:00pm
LUNCH


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1:15pm - 2:30pm
PRESENTATIONS/WORKSHOPS

RM A - Rick Gregory "Don't Let Folks Die the Second Death: The Power of Storytelling"
There is the old adage that a person does not die a second death until no one remembers and talks about them. Storytelling is a way to keep the memories of a person alive generation after generation. This session will help participants tell/write stories that will bond generations together.

RM B - Ken Sherman "The Business of Writing for the Screen, Television and Book Industries"
We'll discuss getting and working with an agent along with who's who in a production company, a studio and a publishing house to demystify these very real people you'll come in contact with as you sell your work. We'll also discuss specific projects that have moved from book or stageplay to film and then discuss some of yours, with the idea of taking it out of the theoretical and into the real.

RM C - Appointments with literary agent Malaga Baldi
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 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" (listed under your mailing address on the payment page) or by emailing us at artsandheritage@cdelightband.net.

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2:45pm - 4:00pm
PRESENTATIONS/WORKSHOPS

RM A - Tamara Saviano "The Most Beautiful Girl: One Writer's Journey to Publication"
Author Tamara Saviano will discuss how she conceived, organized, wrote and published her first book. She will share what she learned about writing and self-publishing along the way.

RM B - Ken Sherman "Facing Rejection Head-On"
This session will deal with the reality of surviving the emotion of rejection by delving into the relationships of author and agent, author and potential publisher, ideas for finding the right agent for you and how the writer and agent work together to form a long-lasting partnership.

RM C - Appointments with literary agent Malaga Baldi
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 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" (listed under your mailing address on the payment page) or by emailing us at artsandheritage@cdelightband.net.



Friday, June 2, 2017

CONFERENCE BANQUET
Austin Peay State University's Fortera Stadium Club Level
Marion Street & Henry Street, Clarksville

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5:30pm - 6:00pm
"MEET THE AUTHORS" RECEPTION AND BOOK SIGNING

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6:00pm
DINNER AND KEYNOTE SPEECH
Robert Hicks "The Orphan Mother"




Saturday, June 3, 2017

CONFERENCE PRESENTATIONS / WORKSHOPS
Austin Peay State University's Sundquist Science Complex
601 College Street, Clarksville

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8:30am - 9:00am
REGISTRATION AND MORNING REFRESHMENTS

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9:00am - 10:15am
PRESENTATIONS/WORKSHOPS

RM A - Michael Carroll "Novel Writing: A Survey of the Basics, and My Adventures in Science Fiction Murder Mysteries!"
No matter the genre, novels share some common features. We'll take a look at those, go over some tools that have been the most helpful to me as a writer, and then look at the journey of my most recent novels from outline to finished book. We'll have time for Q&A, too! Handouts included.

RM B - Tamara Saviano "Writing Nonfiction That Sells"
Author Tamara Saviano will have a conversation with the group about her approach to writing in two genres — biography and memoir — and will encourage participants to share ideas and experiences in researching and writing compelling nonfiction.

RM C - Appointments with literary agent Malaga Baldi
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 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" (listed under your mailing address on the payment page) or by emailing us at artsandheritage@cdelightband.net.

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10:30am - 11:45am
PRESENTATIONS/WORKSHOPS

RM A - Christopher Smith "Reality Is Overrated"
Christopher Smith will read from his novel Salamanders of the Silk Road and discuss his path to surrealism and the fun to be had when you let go of reality.

RM B - Alanna Nash "The Art of Interviewing Celebrities"
In her career as a biographer and journalist, Alanna Nash has interviewed hundreds of newsmakers. In this session, she will share tips on how to snare and prepare for interviews with famous people.

RM C - Appointments with literary agent Malaga Baldi
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 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" (listed under your mailing address on the payment page) or by emailing us at artsandheritage@cdelightband.net.

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NOON - 1:00pm
LUNCH


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1:15pm - 2:30pm
PRESENTATIONS/WORKSHOPS

RM A - Michael Carroll "Non-Fiction Books for Kids"
We'll talk about the industry, query letters, proposals and how to write a non-fiction book that will make kids go WOW! I'll share experiences in working with many publishers, art directors and editors, along with a bit about illustrating children's books. Time for Q&A will follow. Handouts included.

RM B - Alanna Nash "How To Write Biography"
Seasoned biographer Alanna Nash will take you through the process of crafting a compelling biography, from researching and interviewing to selecting and organizing your material to writing and editing your book.

RM C - Appointments with literary agent Malaga Baldi
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 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" (listed under your mailing address on the payment page) or by emailing us at artsandheritage@cdelightband.net.

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2:45pm - 4:00pm
PRESENTATIONS/WORKSHOPS

RM A - Christopher Smith "Going Indie"
Everyone wants that rare contract with a big publishing house. Many give up and self-publish. But there's a place in between: Small indie presses. Christopher Smith will discuss the pros and cons of going indie and what the journey to getting published is like, including contracts, deadlines, the editing process, revisions and copyediting.

RM B - Malaga Baldi "Writing the Query That Sells"
Participants are asked to bring query letters, omitting their names and changing book titles and characters' names. Ten query letters will be read aloud by a volunteer, and literary agent Malaga Baldi will lead workshop participants in reviewing/critiquing each letter. Baldi will offer helpful criticism, humor and pointers to make each letter something an agent will ask to read.