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.

 



Thursday, June 2, 2016
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 - Joanne F. Miller "Writing from the Right Side of the Brain"
Writing can be as artistic as you want it to be. Sometimes turning to another artistic venue might be just the ticket for overcoming writer's block. Topics include how to use art in many forms to be a better writer and the importance of creating the right atmosphere/environment for writing.

RM B - Jennifer Rawls and Beverly Fisher "Researching & Writing the Historical Novel"
Authors Jennifer Rawls and Beverly Fisher will discuss the joys and occasional frustrations of tracking down historical details which imbue their novels with authenticity and fulfill the responsibility they feel toward the people who lived through the eras they have captured in fiction.

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 artsandheritage@cdelightband.net.

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

RM A - Scott Dannemiller "The Year without a Purchase: Life Lessons from Living a Book"
Scott Dannemiller and his wife, Gabby, are former missionaries who served in Guatemala. Ten years removed from their vow of simple living, they found themselves on a never-ending treadmill of consumption where each purchase created a desire for more and never led to true satisfaction. To find their balance, they committed to a new challenge: no nonessential purchases for a whole year. No clothes, no books, no new toys for the kids. If they couldn't eat it or use it up within a year (toilet paper and shampoo, for example), they wouldn't buy it. Filled with humorous wit, curious statistics, and poignant conclusions, this discussion chronicles the life experience behind the book, The Year without a Purchase, which examines modern America's spending habits and chronicles the highs and lows of dropping out of our consumer culture. As the family bypasses the checkout line to wrestle with the challenges of gift giving, child rearing, and keeping up with the Joneses, they discover important truths about human nature and the secret to finding true joy.

RM B - Alison Davis Lyne "Making of a Picture Book from Manuscript to Book Shelf"
Learn a bit about the children's book publishing industry and how you as a writer or illustrator can start your journey. Whether it's traditional publishing or self-publishing, the steps to a successful children's picture book are the same. Learn how writers, illustrators and publishers work to make a manuscript the best picture book it can be.

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 artsandheritage@cdelightband.net.

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NOON - 1:00pm
LUNCH


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

RM A - Scott Dannemiller "Ten(ish) Things I Wish I Knew Before Getting Published"
Having a publisher show interest in your work is like having a really attractive person ask if you're still single. But what happens next? In this workshop, Scott Dannemiller shares his experience as a rookie author. How not to negotiate a contract. How to get attention for your work. How blogging can help you and hurt you. And supermodels. Yes ... supermodels.

RM B - Alison Davis Lyne "How To Think Like an Illustrator or The Art of the Dummy"
We'll discuss how an illustrator takes your picture book manuscript and breaks it down into page-size bites, and what you, as the author, can do to make your manuscript "illustrator ready." We will look at original manuscripts versus the finished book, and dissect how it was done. We will talk about a picture book dummy (mock-up of a real book) and why you should do one.

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 artsandheritage@cdelightband.net.

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

RM A - Steven Womack "The Writer's Survival Camp"
We all go into this business with hopes of earning literary fame and Stephen King advances. But what happens if — as is the case with most of us — you don't hit the New York Times best-selling lottery? The reality is the writing life is not the same business it was even a few years ago. The publishing industry hasn't changed this much since that fellow Gutenberg invented the printing press back in the 15th century. It's now easier than ever to get published, but harder than ever to get noticed, let alone make a living. How do we writers survive with the ground shifting constantly under our feet? Perhaps more importantly, how do we keep the passion for the process alive?

RM B - Tamara Leigh "Romancing the Reader: What's Love Got to Do with It?"
USA Today bestselling, award-winning romance novelist Tamara Leigh deconstructs the popular genre which accounts for over one billion dollars in annual sales. The romance novel's appeal, audience, sub-genres and elements necessary to bring a reader back for more will be presented.

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 artsandheritage@cdelightband.net.



Thursday, June 2, 2016

CONFERENCE BANQUET
Austin Peay State University's Governors 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
Jim Squires "20 Years in the Making: West End by Crockett White"




Friday, June 3, 2016

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 - Michel Stone "Writing about What You Don't Know: Research in Fiction"
As writers, we are often told to "write what you know." But in the case of her novel The Iguana Tree, Michel Stone wrote about a topic with which she was fairly unfamiliar -- an undocumented Mexican family crossing into the U.S. Michel Stone will read from The Iguana Tree and explain how this novel came to be, with a Q&A session to follow.

RM B - Tamara Leigh "20 Years in the Making: From Bestselling Traditionally Published (Minimum-Wage-Earning) Author to Bestselling Indie Published (Lucrative-Earning) Author"
Romance novelist Tamara Leigh shares the 20-year breath-holding, nail-biting journey of publication with Bantam, HarperCollins, and RandomHouse that led her to dip her toes — and now to swim — in the waters of indie publishing. The ins and outs and advantages and drawbacks of these diverse paths to publication will be presented.

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 artsandheritage@cdelightband.net.

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

RM A - Michel Stone "Pursuing Your Passion: One Novelist's Advice on Staying the Course"
Michel Stone will offer advice on how to keep your writing dreams alive and not give up on your passion. Participants will also receive a couple of writing prompts designed to keep them moving forward, one of which is a prompt Michel received years ago in a workshop, before being published. Her workshop response resulted in her novel, The Iguana Tree.

RM B - Amy Wright "The Concrete Essay: Drawn Text Isn't Just for Poets Anymore"
This session details how Amy Wright used a text drawing software to tell a story of loss and art theft, and how other writers might use the same tools to add a visual and artful dimension to their prose.

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 artsandheritage@cdelightband.net.

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NOON - 1:00pm
LUNCH


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

RM A - Joanne F. Miller "A Hobby, A Legacy or A Best-Seller?"
Learn how you can turn a poem, a story or YOUR story into a book. Topics include what to think of before you begin and the options for printing, publishing or getting published. Drawing from personal experience, Miller will walk participants through what it takes to create a book or booklet from their idea and to be realistic about its possibilities.

RM B - Amy Wright "Butterflies, Damselflies and Ladybugs: The Lyric World Beyond Birds"
From Virgil to Ellen Bryant Voigt, poets have long reveled in flashes of plumage that grace the outdoors. Contemporary poets, though, are training the ear to the hum and buzz that underlies birdsong. This session will discuss why a wider ecosystem is entering into verse and celebrate the additional lenses that help us study dragonflies' and beetles' wings up close.

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 artsandheritage@cdelightband.net.

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

RM A - Steven Womack "The Detective's Journey"
All the principles of good storytelling and dramatic structure apply as much to mystery and crime fiction as they do to all other genres. But there are some key, essential differences. How do you make a mystery work? How do you create a compelling protagonist who will sustain a series of crime novels over the long run? Whether your hero is an L.A. homicide investigator, a lone-wolf private eye in the Big Apple, or a retired English schoolteacher in a small Cotswolds village, there are secrets to grabbing mystery readers and not letting them go until they turn the last page.

RM B - Jacob Rougemont "From High School Hobby to Paid Researcher/Writer: One Man's Marvel-ous Comic Adventure"
Jacob Rougemont will discuss how he landed his dream job of writing for Marvel comics.

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 artsandheritage@cdelightband.net.