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APSU hosts Clarksville Writers Conference from June 7-9

In early June, Austin Peay State University will be the site of the third annual Clarksville Writers Conference, presented by the Clarksville Arts and Heritage Council and sponsored by The Leaf-Chronicle and Dr. and Mrs. Howard Winn, Clarksville.

Registration for the conference ends May 31, and early registration concludes May 19.

Thursday, June 7 features a popular bus tour of area writers homes, beginning at 8:30 a.m. at the Pace Alumni Center at Emerald Hill. Following the tour, wine and hors doeuvres will be served at the alumni center.
In early June, Austin Peay State University will be the site of the third annual Clarksville Writers Conference, presented by the Clarksville Arts and Heritage Council and sponsored by The Leaf-Chronicle and Dr. and Mrs. Howard Winn, Clarksville.

Registration for the conference ends May 31, and early registration concludes May 19.

Thursday, June 7 features a popular bus tour of area writers' homes, beginning at 8:30 a.m. at the Pace Alumni Center at Emerald Hill. Following the tour, wine and hors d'oeuvres will be served at the alumni center.

Tour participants will hear a short poetry reading at the Hudson-Wallace home in the Glenwood neighborhood, chat about freelancing with outdoor writer Wade Bourne in his home and sit down to lunch on the lawn of Stage Coach Inn. Famous writers portrayed by local actors will wander among the diners.

After lunch, the group will head to Guthrie for a tour of Robert Penn Warren's birthplace and then back to Clarksville for a stroll through a house in the Dog Hill historic district.

The evening's entertainment is the play, “Nora Witzel: A Very Curious Fella,” by John McDonald, which will be presented at 7:30 p.m. at the Roxy Theatre, Clarksville.

The conference begins with registration at 8:45 a.m., Friday, June 8 on the third floor of APSU's Morgan University Center. The first day concludes with a Meet-the-Authors reception and book signing at 5:30 p.m., Clarksville Country Club, followed by a banquet at 6:20 p.m.

The keynote speaker for the banquet will be historical novelist, preservationist and music publisher Robert Hicks, who will discuss his debut novel, “The Widow of the South,” which already is a national best-seller.

The Clarksville Writers Conference continues at 9 a.m., Saturday, June 9 on the third floor of Morgan University Center. The day concludes at 4 p.m. with a private manuscript reading by appointment only. The cost for the private manuscript reading is $40.

In addition to Robert Hicks, this year's featured writers/presenters are Alanna Nash, award-winning journalist, writer and biographer; Dr. David Till, poet and educator; and Chuck Sambuchino, editor of Guide to Literary Agents and assistant editor of Writer's Market.

Other featured writers/presenters are David Magee, columnist and non-fiction author and publisher; Malcolm Glass, poet and creative writing professor; River Jordan, storyteller, fiction novelist and playwright; Jeanne Ray, New York Times best-selling fiction novelist; and William Gay, Southern gothic novelist and short story writer.

For those interested in participating in the 2007 Clarksville Writers Conference, several options are offered. The complete package (tour, all workshops, banquet) is $235 per person during early registration and $270 before the deadline. The second package, which includes the workshops and presentations plus two luncheons, is $155 (early registration) or $175 per person.

The Meet-the-Authors reception, book signing and banquet package is $30 per person (early registration) or $35 per person before May 31. The June 7 bus tour only is $65 per person (early registration) or $75 per person before May 31.

Conference chair is Patricia Winn. The co-chairs of the tour of writers' homes are Dr. Ellen Kanervo, APSU professor of communication; Inga Filippo, associate professor, Woodward Library; and Taylor Emery, instructor of English, APSU. Jean Gilbert is banquet chair.

For more information on the conference or special hotel rates or to register for the 2007 Clarksville Writers Conference, go to www.artsandheritage.us. -- Dennie B. Burke