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Matthew Gavin Frank, Food and Travel Writer

 
Matthew Gavin Frank

Matthew Gavin Frank

When Matthew Gavin Frank opened his talk, “Eating and Flying: A Food and Travel Writing Seminar,” at the Sixth Annual Clarksville Writers’ Conference by eating a potato chip and drinking from a bottle of water quite noisily into a microphone, I started to cringe.

His idea for doing this was to state that when one is forced to listen to someone else eat and drink, it opens up memories. The author of Barolo (The University of Nebraska Press), a food memoir based on his illegal work in the Italian wine industry, he asked his captive audience what memories would be evoked if the person were eating from silver and from china as opposed to using paper and plastic. He wanted us to think about the way various people in our lives—grandmother or mother or first lover or current lover—ate and how that might define us. «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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