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Darnell Arnoult: Crafting Taut Fiction from the Ground Up

 
Author Darnell Arnoult

Author Darnell Arnoult

Named Tennessee Writer of the Year in 2007 by the Tennessee Writers Alliance, Darnell Arnoult is both a novelist and poet. Her Southern novel is Sufficient Grace and her poetry is found in What Travels with Us: Poems; the latter is winner of the Appalachian Studies Associations’ Weatherford Award and the 2006 SIBA Poetry Book of the Year. She is also published in a variety of journals and is one of the driving forces of Lincoln Memorial University Mountain Heritage Literary Festival each year. She will be Writer-in-Residence at Lincoln Memorial University this fall. Recently she was awarded the Mary Frances Hobson Medal for Arts and Letters.

A featured speaker at Clarksville Writers’ Conference this year, Arnoult impresses on her audience, “Not all writers are published. I want to encourage everyone to think of yourself as a writer as long as you write. I want to compliment you for following your passion. Emily Dickinson wrote a lot of poems for only herself.”

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Seventh Annual Clarksville Writers’ Conference Draws World-class Literary Talents

 

This is the first of a series of articles about the Seventh Annual Writers’ Conference held at Austin Peay University on July 14th-15th, 2011. 

Clarksville, TN – Presented by Clarksville Arts & Heritage Development Council with a grant from Tennessee Arts Commission, the Clarksville Writer’s Conference was held in last week in Austin Peay State University’s Morgan University Center. The Conference drew people from all over the United States for a wonderful banquet, along with two days of book readings and writing workshops.

Writing is not a job or a hobby or a profession. Writing is a compulsion. People who are writers write because they must. It is usually the way they process the world around them and if they don’t write, they feel like they are not living, only existing.

Dr. Howard Winn introduces William Farris, the keynote speaker at the 2011 Clarksville Writer's Conference Banquet

Dr. Howard Winn introduces William Farris, the keynote speaker at the 2011 Clarksville Writer's Conference Banquet

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Time to Sign Up for the 2011 Clarksville Writers’ Conference

 

Clarksville, TN – It’s hard to believe that almost a year has gone by since I was hearing Rheta Grimsley Johnson, William Gay, Chuck Sambuchino, Tom Franklin and other writers who spoke at last year’s fantastic Clarksville Writers’ Conference at Austin Peay State University. Yet here it is—time again to sign up for this year’s conference which will be held on July 14th – 15th

One of the best things for many of us is that the conference is being held in the middle of July this year rather than near the end as it was in former years. (At least for me, that will give me more time to write up what I heard there so that I can share it with you.) The timing will also allow you have to schedule other activities (like writing your book!) before summer ends. «Read the rest of this article»

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Architectural Heritage Bus Tour Kicks Off 2010 Clarksville Writer’s Conference

 
Josh Wright

Josh Wright

Where can you overhear a discussion of the war in ’62 and learn that it’s not Viet Nam being discussed but the War Between the States? Where can you find out a ghost may be lurking right down town in Clarksville? Where can you see tobacco leaves highlighted in the stained glass windows of an exquisite historic church?

The answer to all these questions is the Architectural Heritage Tour that is the first episode in the Sixth Annual Clarksville Writers’ Conference.

Here’s what you missed if you weren’t on the tour conducted by Josh Wright. He co-chaired with Micki Daugherty this year’s tour. Architect Wright gave a brief overview of each location to be visited during a presentation at the Riverview Inn where the group of 30 writers and history buffs met at 9:00am on Wednesday. «Read the rest of this article»

 

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. «Read the rest of this article»

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Two APSU Professors to Present at Annual Clarksville Writers Conference

 

Two members of the Austin Peay State University community will be featured presenters at this year’s Sixth Annual Clarksville Writers Conference, to be held July 28th-31st on the University campus.

Dr. Blas Falconer, associate professor of English, and Dr. Howard Winn, professor emeritus of history, will speak with attendees, offering encouragement and insights into the field of writing. «Read the rest of this article»

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Alice Randall to Keynote Sixth Annual Clarksville Writers Conference

 

The Clarksville Arts & Heritage Development Council is pleased to announce the Sixth Annual Clarksville Writers Conference, being held July 28th – 31st, 2010, on the campus of Austin Peay State University.

This year’s conference opens with a new two-day tour centered around Clarksville’s rich architectural heritage. Participants will tour structures which tell stories of a community that began in the late 1700’s as a river city, weathered the Civil War, and later became a world center for the dark-fired tobacco trade.

We are very honored to have as this year’s keynote speaker ALICE RANDALL, award-winning songwriter and author of Rebel Yell, Pushkin and the Queen of Spades, and The Wind Done Gone, the New York Times bestselling parody of Margaret Mitchell’s Gone With The Wind. Randall, a Harvard graduate and current Writer-In-Residence at Vanderbilt University, will speak at the conference banquet at the Clarksville Country Club on the evening of Friday, July 30th. «Read the rest of this article»

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Annual Clarksville Writers Conference opened with new feature

 

The Annual Clarksville Writers’ Conference opened with a full schedule for the participants. A diverse group of writers gave the participants a cross section of experience to draw upon.

WrtsConfRobtPennWarrenPresentations included readings of their works to workshops focusing on elements of writing, style, character and story development. A new feature at this year’s conference is the opportunity for writers or other interested participants to meet with professional literary agents to discuss any aspect of the literary trade, and their own works or projects.

Austin Peay State University’s  Morgan Center’s third floor served as the hosting location of the annual two-day conference. From the opening hours where participants picked up their conference credentials packet at the registration table, attendees gathered to await the beginning of the conference’s first sessions with eagerness. Breakfast snacks were enjoyed in the break room as authors and participants arrived and were shown to their perspective presentation rooms. The APSU Bookstore set up a table featuring the works of the conference authors.

Registration attendants await conference participants check-in

Registration attendants await conference participants check-in

Authors appearing at this year’s conference included

  • John Egerton, a self-proclaimed “professional South-watcher”
  • Bernis Terhune, poet, playwright, storyteller and author
  • P. M. Terrell, author of the suspense/thrillers Exit 22 and Ricochet
  • Christopher Burawa, poet, translator and author of Small Mystery of Lapses and director of the APSU Center of Excellence for the Creative Arts
  • Susan Gregg Gilmore, journalist and author of “Looking for Salvation at the Diary Queen”
  • Katherine Sands, NYC literary agent and author of “Making the Perfect Pitch: How to Catch a Literary Agent’s Eye.”
  • Darnell Arnoult, author of “Sufficient Grace,” and the poetry collection, “What Travels With Us: Poems.”
  • Earl S. Braggs, poet, University of Chattanooga Foundation professor of English, author of “Hat Dancer Blue,” and “In Which Language Do I Keep Silent.”
  • George Singleton, author of often humorous stories of the rural South including “Work Shirts for Madmen,” “Pep Talks,” “Warnings,”  “These People Are Us,” “The Half-Mammals of Dixie,” and “Why Dogs Chase Cars.”
  • James O’Connor, president of O’Connor Communications- a marketing  company specializing in book promotions and author of “Cuss Control: The Complete Book on How To Curb Your Cursing.”
  • Lynda O’Connor, executive vice president of O’Connor Communications, a principal of O’Connor Communications specializing in book and author promotions.

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Tennessee Young Writers Workshop coming to APSU in July

 

youngwritersAustin Peay State University LogoDuring the week of July 12 through 18, you might notice an unusually large number of young students hanging around the Austin Peay State University campus with ink-stained fingers, jotting stories or poems or even songs into composition notebooks.

They’ll be coming to campus that week for the Tennessee Young Writers Workshop, an annual event co-hosted by Humanities Tennessee and the APSU Center of Excellence for the Creative Arts, to learn more about writing from some of the top names in that field.

“It’s basically designed to help kids delve deeper into the craft of writing,” Lacey Cook, program officer with Humanities Tennessee, said. “They’ll spend most of their time in workshop classes in fiction, songwriting, creative non-fiction and poetry, but each night, we’ll have entertaining activities with the visiting writers.” «Read the rest of this article»

 

John Egerton to keynote fifth annual Clarksville Writers Conference

 

ahdcThe Clarksville Arts & Heritage Development Council is pleased to announce the Fifth Annual Clarksville Writers Conference, being held July 22-25, 2009, on the campus of Austin Peay State University.

This year’s conference opens with a new two-day tour centered around Clarksville’s tobacco heritage and the tobacco wars of the early twentieth century, as recounted in Robert Penn Warren’s award-winning novel Night Rider. Participants will tour the exteriors and/or interiors of over a dozen homes and other sites related to the tobacco heritage of this area.

Keynote speaker John Egerton is an award-winning journalist, editor, writer and self-proclaimed “professional South-watcher.” Egerton is the author of Speak Now Against the Day: The Generation Before the Civil Rights Movement in the South, which earned the Robert F. Kennedy Book Award, among others. Egerton will speak at the conference banquet at the Clarksville Country Club on the evening of Friday, July 24. «Read the rest of this article»

 



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