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 Fourteenth Annual Clarksville Writers Conference.

 



Friday, June 1, 2018
CONFERENCE PRESENTATIONS / WORKSHOPS
Austin Peay State University's Art + Design Building
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 - Penny Lewis "The Jelly Done Slid Off My Biscuit (How Dare I Think I Can Write a Novel!)"
The author will read from her humorous detective novel BEARING CROSSES. Discussion and activity will revolve around what it takes to write and publish a first novel.

RM B - Ken Sherman "Authors and Agents: Living in Symbiosis"
By delving into the relationships of authors and agents, Ken Sherman will give tips on finding the right agent for you and offer strategies that allow writers and agents to work together to form long-lasting partnerships.

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

RM A - Stephanie Pruitt "No Starving Artist: The Business of Maintaining Artistic Integrity (While Making a Living)"
Some believe that outside of the rare writing superstar, being a literary artist requires either a vow of poverty or the soul-crushing dynamics of "selling out." In this session, poet and business coach Stephanie Pruitt will show you another way.

RM C - 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 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 writers@artsandheritage.us.

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NOON - 1:00pm
LUNCH


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

RM A - Michel Stone "Writing What You Don't Know"
At writing workshops, writers are often told to "write what you know." Let's talk about fiction writing that requires the writer to do some research and learn a bit. In this session, Michel Stone will talk about writing what you think you don't know.

RM C - 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 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 writers@artsandheritage.us.

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

RM A - Sharon Cameron "Anyone Can Write ... Right Now!"
Ever wanted to write a novel, but afraid you don't have the time? Do you love to write, but find the process intimidating? This fun, fast-paced, hands-on workshop seeks to demystify that process. Ask the right questions, and you will leave with a plan for your own unique novel or short story that makes writing not only joyful, but doable. (Attendees should bring writing materials or laptops to this session.)

RM B - Bren McClain "I Am a 27-Year-Overnight-Success: Doing What It Takes for As Long As It Takes"
Everyone's path to publication is different. For some, it's easy. For others, like me, it meant taking the long way home. And that means never giving up. My debut novel, ONE GOOD MAMA BONE, is actually the third novel I wrote, but the first to be published. And boy did I wind up in literary nirvana -- Pat Conroy himself chose to publish it. Come, let's talk about digging in and never, ever giving up.

RM C - 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 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 writers@artsandheritage.us.

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Friday, June 1, 2018

CONFERENCE BANQUET
F&M Bank's The Franklin Room
50 Franklin 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
Michel Stone
, recipient of the Fourth Annual "Patricia Winn Award for Southern Literature"




Saturday, June 2, 2018

CONFERENCE PRESENTATIONS / WORKSHOPS
Austin Peay State University Art + Design Building
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 - Penny Lewis "Her Cornbread Ain't Quite Done in the Middle (Lawd! She's gone crazy and broke the rules of novel writing!)"
Penny Lewis will read from MICROWAVE IS DEAD and offer a preview of DEAR CRABIGAIL, followed by a discussion of PROTOCOLS and RULES (and why it's okay to break them).

RM B - Michel Stone "The Power and Necessity of Empathy in Fiction Writing"
In this talk we will discuss empathy and its role in fiction writing. Attendees will participate in several writing exercises during the session. Maybe some of these prompts will spark longer pieces of writing after participants leave the class. (Participants won't have to share their writing if they don't want to do so!)

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

RM A - Stephanie Pruitt "Poeting Despite, With, or For the Public: A Reading & Exploration Through An Artistic Practice"
Writers must think about their relationship to audiences. This poetry reading will feature work that highlights the three aspects of poet Stephanie Pruitt's creative work -- studio, social and civic practice.

RM B - Jeff Zentner "Dialogue Is a Character"
This workshop focuses on writing realistic dialogue with life and energy.

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NOON - 1:00pm
LUNCH


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

RM A - Bren McClain "Writing the Novel -- Your Only Job: Make Us Care"
Participants will learn to make readers care, to feel the story as deeply as its writer does. Without that, nothing else matters. But how to do that? McClain will talk about techniques, discuss some published examples, and will look at work that participants are invited to bring to the class. (You are invited to bring up to three pages, but the amount you share -- reading aloud -- depends on the number of attendees.) Let's roll up our sleeves and get busy.

RM B - Sharon Cameron "Spark to Flame: Lighting the Fire of Your Creativity"
We live in a day and time where our world needs words more than ever. Using her own unique journey into writing, Sharon Cameron will show how random ideas and passions can create a spark that sets the world on fire ... and why we're all waiting for you -- yes, you -- to ignite a spark and blaze your own trail.

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

RM A - J.M. White "The William Gay Archive"
When critically acclaimed Southern Gothic novelist William Gay died suddenly in 2012, he left behind a body of unpublished and, at the time, undiscovered work. J.M. White will tell the story of finding the LOST COUNTRY manuscript, along with handwritten manuscripts for four other unpublished books. The presentation will include a display of paintings by William, copies of his original handwritten notebooks, and readings from the unpublished works.

RM B - Jeff Zentner "Voice Is Choice"
This workshop is designed to get readers consciously developing voice in their work by making choices.