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Don’t Miss the Sixth Annual Clarksville Writer’s Conference

Writing is a lonely profession. Oh, sure, you have lots of company when you’re researching your project (unless all your research in on the Internet), but when you sit down and face that blank page, you’re on your own, my friend.

When an opportunity like the Sixth Annual Clarksville Writer’s Conference comes along, no writer can afford to miss it. Just rubbing shoulders with these highly successful people will give you impetus to keep on creating those masterpieces of your own.

Keep in mind, however, that you don’t have to be a writer to attend. You can be an avid reader and get a wealth of experiences from it too.

Here’s what’s available that you don’t want to miss. On July 28th and 29th the Architectural Heritage Tour takes you to all those lovely old houses you’ve always wanted to see the inside of. You’ll hear stories of Clarksville beginning in the late 1700’s when the river was the impetus for its growth, the trying times during the War Between the States, and what led Clarksville to become a world center for the dark fired tobacco industry. Lunch is provided during the tour. Pre-registration for one day is $50.00 and is only $75.00 for both days. If you register late, you’ll have to pay an additional $5.00 for either schedule.

Onward to the main thrust of the conference. The presentations and workshops are held at Austin Peay State University in the Morgan University Center on College Street. Ample parking is nearby and maps are located on the conference web site.

Sixteen authors, poets and editors are featured this year. They include Alice Randall, Darnell Arnoult, Blas Falconer, Beth Ann Fennelly, Matthew Gavin Frank, Tom Franklin, William Gay, Fenton Johnson, Rheta Grimsley Johnson, John McDonald, A. Scott Pearson, David James Poissant, Chuck Sambuchino, Robert Love Taylor, Afaa Michael Weaver, and Howard Winn. You can read about all these people at the Writer’s Conference Web site.

Gordon Warnock
Gordon Warnock

In addition, Gordon Warnock, literary agent based in Sacramento, is available for consultations with conference attendees.

Alice Randall, writer in residence for Vanderbilt University and author of Rebel Yell and The Wind Done Gone, will be the keynote speaker at the banquet held on Friday night at Clarksville Country Club. You can register for the banquet only for $40.00 (preregistration cost) or $50.00 for late registration. The banquet begins at 6:20pm with a “Meet the Authors” book signing at 5:30pm. I attended this event also last year and not only was the speaker entertaining, the food was superb!

You can pre-register for all events (including the workshops/presentations, lunches for all four days, the banquet and two-day tour) for only $250.00. Late registration for everything is $270.00.

To attend only the two days of workshops/presentations with lunch both days, you pay $160.00 for pre-registration or $170.00 if you register late. To attend either Friday or Saturday, the cost (including lunch) is $85.00 (pre-registration) or $95.00 if you register late.

The Logo of the Arts and Heritage Development Council
The Logo of the Arts and Heritage Development Council

This marvelous event is sponsored by the Clarksville Arts and Heritage Development Council whose board chair is Ellen Kanervo.

Christopher Burawa is the Conference Chairman. He can be reached at or (931) 221-7643, if you have any questions. Other members of the committee are Patricia Winn (conference creator and consultant), Joshua Wright and Micki Daugherty (tour co-chairmen), Inga Filippo (banquet chairman), and Katie Kennedy (registrar).

Put Wednesday, July 28th, through Saturday, July 31st, on your calendar so that you don’t miss this golden opportunity to meet and greet these famous authors and hear about their adventures in writing.

You won’t be sorry!

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Sue Freeman Culverhouse
Sue Freeman Culverhousehttp://culverhouseart.com/
Author of Tennessee Literary Luminaries: From Cormac McCarthy to Robert Penn Warren (The History Press, 2013) Sue Freeman Culverhouse has been a freelance writer for the past 36 years. Beginning in 1976, she published magazines articles in Americana, Historic Preservation, American Horticulturist, Flower and Garden, The Albemarle Magazine, and many others. Sue is the winner of two Virginia Press Awards in writing. She moved to Springfield, Tennessee in 2003 with her sculptor husband, Bill a retired attorney. Sue has one daughter,  Susan Leigh Miller who teaches poetry and creative writing at Rutgers University. Sue teaches music and writing at Watauga Elementary School in Ridgetop, Tennessee to approximately 500 students in kindergarten through fifth grade. She also publishes a literary magazine each year; all work in the magazine is written and illustrated by the students. Sue writes "Uncommon Sense," a column in the Robertson County Times, which also appears on Clarksville Online. She is the author of "Seven keys to a sucessful life", which is  available on amazon.com and pubishamerica.com; this is a self-help book for all ages.
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