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 Fifteenth Annual Clarksville Writers Conference.

 



Thursday, June 6, 2019
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 - Deborah LeBlanc "The E-Book Revolution: Why There's Never Been a Better Time to Be a Writer"
No agent? No publisher? No problem! Learn how to take charge of your writing career on your own!

RM B - Jacob Steven Mohr "5 Steps to a Great First Chapter: What You Need to Write Before Chapter 2"
There's nothing more essential to the success of your novel than a good first chapter. Listen in as author and professional indie editor Jacob Steven Mohr talks you through how to ensure your book makes a splash from page 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 writers@artsandheritage.us.

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

RM A - Shana Thornton and Christopher Smith "Is Working with an Indy Press for You?"
In this session, Shana Thornton, founder and owner of Thorncraft Publishing, a small, independent publishing company that has released nine books since its founding in 2012, and Christopher Smith, whose debut novel, Salamanders of the Silk Road, was published by Philadelphia indy publisher Lanternfish Press, will discuss what publishers and authors should expect from each other.

RM B - Bren McClain "Openings: How Do You Know How and Where to Begin?"
How we open our stories is absolutely critical. It sets the reader's expectation right off the bat about what this story is about. We'll look at some openings from published novels and talk about the expectations they set and what we can learn from each one. We'll also look at some of your openings, if you're willing to share. I invite you to bring your first page! Oh, your story doesn't get good until page 10? Let's talk.

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 - Caitlin Hamilton Summie "Shout About It: Promotion Basics for Writers"
If like me, it took you nigh on forever to publish, you want to shout your publication news from the rooftops when your turn comes. But after that first yahoo, what's a writer to do? Veteran book publicist and marketing expert Hamilton Summie walks writers through the basics of book publicity -- such as using timelines, defining audience and researching outlets -- so that you can continue to create and celebrate your writing successes.

RM B - Leigh Anne Couch "The Lyric Identity: Just Out of Reach"
Or how to be content with the unreachable in your writing; and how to survive the business of poetry, which is often pure striving. This will be a double feature on the lyric poet's craft and career. Using seminal essays by Louise Gluck and Mark Strand as our guide, we will discuss how autobiography and truth work in lyric poetry, then get down to the practical matters of keeping your spirits up as a midcareer poet in a publishing landscape shaped by speed (Submittable) and social media.

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 - 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 that 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 - Kevin Wilson "Learning from the Past: What I Discovered from Writing Novels (Especially the Ones that Failed)"
When I first started writing, I hoped that once I wrote a novel, I'd unlock the secret and never struggle again. What I've since learned is that each novel forces you to relearn old skills and develop new ones. Looking back at my four novels and two significant failed attempts, I try to examine how my writing has developed.

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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Thursday, June 6, 2019

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
Bren McClain "As the Water Flows"




Friday, June 7, 2019

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 - Deborah LeBlanc "Revving It Up!"
Learn how to turn your thriller, horror, romance or suspense into a roller coaster ride that keeps readers on the edge of their seats, holding their breath, and begging for more!

RM B - Kevin Wilson "Becoming a Narrative Machine: Finding Inspiration in Unlikely Places"
In this workshop, we'll talk about how to enhance our natural ability to create narrative from seemingly random moments. Using exercises, we'll try to turn our initial impulses into true beginnings that have enough momentum to become short stories or novels.

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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10:30am - 11:45am
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 - Leigh Anne Couch "They Paved Paradise and Put up a Parking Lot: When the Pastoral Becomes Environmental Becomes Political"
What happens to poetry when shepherds and shepherdesses are replaced by industrialized farming, and when fields of green are sliced and diced by the interstate? In this seminar we'll look at contemporary descendants of the pastoral poetry of ancient Greece. Together we'll read and discuss work by Wendell Berry, Elizabeth Bishop, C.K. Williams and other pastorals of the 21st century. If there's time we'll get started on our own pastoral poem at the intersection of sweet dream and rude awakening.

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.

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NOON - 1:00pm
LUNCH

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

RM A - Caitlin Hamilton Summie "Stories from the Heart"
In this workshop, award-winning author and book publicist Caitlin Hamilton Summie shares the key elements to developing a successful short story, such as defining the conflict and writing a satisfying ending, avoiding common writing tics, and character development. Participants will study parts of published stories to look at how other authors have shaped their stories, work on craft exercises, and depending on class size, may share their writing.

RM B - Jacob Steven Mohr "Building a Better Baddie: How to Craft a Compelling Antagonist"
Aside from the hero, the antagonist is the most important character in your story. Author and professional indie editor Jacob Steven Mohr explains the six steps to writing dynamic, compelling villain characters in any genre.

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 - Bren McClain "'Deepen the River': The Key to Revision"
A very wise editor told me one time, "Get rid of the tributaries, and deepen the river." 'The River,' as I think of it, is the heart of your novel. It's what you're really trying to say. It likely started with the first honest impulse that drew you to write your story or novel. I've heard it said that if you ever get lost, go back to that first impulse that drove you to put your butt in the chair in the first place. I think that's key. And I also think that's where the energy of your story is. It's where your soul feels lifted, where you slow down to read vs. skimming through. What is the heart of your book? What drew you to the story in the first place? How can you deepen it?

RM B - Cynthia Marsh "Make Ready: Join the Fine Press Movement & Craft Your Own Books"
We will begin with a short presentation about the types of books that are being fabricated by home industries using a variety of printing and binding techniques. This seminar is aimed at writers and artists who wish to produce limited edition chapbooks featuring short poetic and prose narratives. We will produce a one-signature chapbook for participants to take note of their most inciteful moments at the 2019 Clarksville Writers Conference.

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.