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.

 



Thursday, June 5, 2014
CONFERENCE PRESENTATIONS / WORKSHOPS
Austin Peay State University's Morgan University Center, Third Floor
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 - Ken Sherman and Malaga Baldi "Agents and Authors: A Symbiotic Relationship"
Veteran literary agents Malaga Baldi and Ken Sherman will discuss what you as an author can expect from an agent and what an agent will expect from you. They will provide tips on how to find an agent and then how to forge a strong relationship to benefit you and the agent.

RM B - Wade Bourne "Making Extra Income as a Freelance Magazine Writer"
Bourne will share advice learned during his 35 years as a freelance magazine writer. Topics will include identifying markets, formulating and presenting article ideas, honing the writing process, working with editors and other subjects that lead to frequent sales and steady income.

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

RM A - Beverly Fisher, Shana Thornton, Melanie Meadow, David Elder, Teresa Elder "The Pitfalls and Pleasures of Independent Publishing"
Authors Beverly Fisher and Shana Thornton will be joined by their publishers, Shana Thornton of Thorncraft Publishing and David and Teresa Elder of RA Publishing, for a panel discussion on the pros and cons of independent publishing. Question and answer session to follow.

RM B - Stephen Ornes "Writing About Science"
Ornes, a co-author of the Science Writers' Handbook, will talk about science writing in the information age and offer tips on writing stories that are clear, concise and correct.

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.

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.

RM E - Writers' Circle Session with Zachary Michael Jack
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. Cost is $45 per session. Please see registration page for additional info and manuscript requirements.

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NOON - 1:00pm
LUNCH
Sue Freeman Culverhouse "Tennessee Literary Luminaries"

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

RM A - Chris Offutt "Writing a Screenplay"
Offutt will discuss the difficult and rigorous form of writing a screenplay. Topics will include, but not be limited to, how a screenplay differs drastically from short fiction or a novel, who a screenplay is written for, how a screenplay must take into consideration all aspects of various production departments, the use of time in screenplays, and how to learn to read and write screenplays.

RM B - Melissa Ginsburg "Poetry Reading with Q&A"
Ginsburg will read poems from her collection Dear Weather Ghost and from her current work in progress, Ambulance, with a question and answer session to follow.

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.

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.

RM E - Writers' Circle Session with Zachary Michael Jack
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. Cost is $45 per session. Please see registration page for additional info and manuscript requirements.

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

RM A - Zachary Michael Jack "Writing Life Stories"
Our families, home places, hobbies, and ardent pursuits feel, to many of us, like the heart and soul of who we are as people. And yet, when translated into narrative, their highly personal nature can come out sounding flat, self-indulgent, or just plain irrelevant. Join award-winning narrative nonfictionist Zachary Michael Jack as he leads an interactive craft talk designed for writers interested in memoir and family stories. Learn the techniques, approaches, and pitches necessary to make your personal narrative relevant and salable to regional and national audiences.

RM B - Stephen Ornes "Writing Online"
More people turn to the Internet than to print media for information and news. In this session, Ornes will discuss the art and methodology of pitching and researching online 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.

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.



Thursday, June 5, 2014

CONFERENCE BANQUET
Clarksville Regional Airport Terminal (John F. Outlaw Field)
200 Airport Road, 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
Susan Gregg Gilmore "Killing the Moth: A Writer's Journey"




Friday, June 6, 2014

CONFERENCE PRESENTATIONS / WORKSHOPS
Austin Peay State University's Morgan University Center, Third Floor
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 - Ken Sherman "Moving Your Book to Film and Television"
Once you've written your book or stageplay, there's always the chance it will transfer well to film and television. Ken Sherman will discuss specific projects with this history and then discuss some of participants' projects, with the idea of taking it out of the theoretical and into the real.

RM B - Wade Bourne "Business Practices of Freelance Magazine Writing"
Bourne will walk seminar attendees through the business side of freelance magazine writing: projecting a professional appearance, organizing a writing workspace, analyzing an assignment's profitability, understanding publication rights, developing a professional mindset and other topics relative to writing for profit.

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.

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

RM A - 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.

RM B - David Huddle "Why Authenticity is Essential"
Huddle will offer a meditation and a discussion on authenticity in writing, with examples of prose and poetry.

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.

RM E - Writers' Circle Session with Zachary Michael Jack
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. Cost is $45 per session. Please see registration page for additional info and manuscript requirements.

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NOON - 1:00pm
LUNCH
Bud Willis "Managing Expectations as an Artist"

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

RM A - Melissa Ginsburg "Poetry Craft Workshop"
This all-levels poetry class will discuss images and figurative language in poetry. We will look at examples of images and metaphors and examine how they work together to make poems vivid and fresh. Participants will do a writing exercise designed to generate fresh metaphors to use in poems.

RM B - Chris Offutt "Short Story Reading with Q&A"
Offutt, author of more than 80 published short stories and essays, will read a short story, followed by a question and answer session.

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.

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.

RM E - Writers' Circle Session with Zachary Michael Jack
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. Cost is $45 per session. Please see registration page for additional info and manuscript requirements.

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

RM A - Zachary Michael Jack "Genre-Fix Your Novel-in-Progress"
As writers of commercial fiction we know, or think we know, the genre of the story we are trying to tell, and yet often the first five pages of our draft novels leave our readers confused and asking: just what am I reading here, anyway? Participants in this interactive session learn how the commercial fictionist's ability to identify and properly leverage the genre, subgenre, and even genre-cross of their novel-in-progress can grow their audience and increase their chances of writing a saleable story. Roll up your sleeves with a 2010 Foreword Reviews Book-of-the-Year Silver Medalist Zachary Michael Jack and learn how your perception of genre can be transformed from straightjacket to story-saver.

RM B - David Huddle "Multi-Genre Writing: The Price and the Penalty"
Huddle, a fiction writer, poet and essayist, will provide readings of his various works, followed by a question and answer session.

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.

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.