Duck River Writers' Conference

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A Free Event of Creative Writing Workshops for Students
Generously Sponsored by Columbia State’s Lyceum Committee

Friday, April 13, 2013
Time: 10:15 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.
Williamson County Campus, Humanities Bldg.
Columbia State Community College

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Duck River Writers' Conference will take place Saturday, April 8, 2017, in the Hickman Building on the Columbia  Campus.

The Duck River Writers' Conference is a day devoted to your love of the written word and will include craft lectures, workshops and a feature reading by a guest author.

Registration will begin at 8:30 a.m. and conference events will continue through the afternoon followed by a feature reading with book signing and reception at 5 p.m.


The registration fee for the conference is $15 in advance. Columbia State students are free but must show Columbia State ID. An additional, non-refundable readers’ fee of $15 is required from those submitting personal manuscripts for the workshop sessions. Payment can be made by check or money order to Columbia State – Duck River Writers’ Conference.

Craft Talks

The Duck River Writers’ Conference includes three craft talks for poets, fiction writers, and teen writers; specific topics will be chosen by the lecturers. Craft talks are open to all registrants. 


Workshops are offered for poetry, fiction, and creative works written by teens. Workshop participants must submit manuscripts by March 20 to be considered.  

Submit Manuscript

Writers can submit their work for a juried reading prior to the conference.
  • Manuscripts must be received by March 20, 2017.
  • Please submit three to five poems for poetry; ten pages of fiction for fiction; teen writers may submit a manuscript in either category, or both.
  • DRWC committee members will screen submitted manuscripts and make selections by March 25, 2017. 
  • Attendees will receive email confirmations if their manuscripts have been chosen for the workshops. 
  • Submit your manuscript through

Book Signing

At 5 p.m. all panelists and participants will convene in the Hickman lobby for refreshments and a book signing. Selections by our published panelists, as well as our panelists’ essential books on craft will be available. Books by guest authors will be available for purchase, but must be paid for with cash only.

Special Evening Reading

The conference will conclude with a reading and book signing. This reading is free and open to the public.

Guest Panelists

Marilyn Kallet

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Marilyn Kallet
was born in Montgomery, Alabama, and grew up in New York; this tension between North and South is one of the themes in her poetry. Her degrees are from Tufts, the Sorbonne, and Rutgers (Ph.D. in Comparative Literature.) Kallet has published seventeen books, including six volumes of poetry, translations, critical essays, children’s books, pedagogy, and anthologies of women’s literature. She teaches a poetry workshop for the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts at their site in Auvillar, France. Kallet is a University of Tennessee, Knoxville professor of English.

Tiana Clark

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Tiana Clark
is the author of the poetry chapbook Equilibrium, selected by Afaa Michael Weaver for the 2016 Frost Place Chapbook Competition sponsored by Bull City Press. She is the winner of the 2016 Academy of American Poets Prize and 2015 Rattle Poetry Prize. Tiana is currently an MFA candidate at Vanderbilt University where she serves as Poetry Editor for Nashville Review. Her writing has appeared in The New YorkerSewanee ReviewRattle, Best New Poets 2015, Crab Orchard Review, Indiana Review, Southern Indiana Review, The Adroit Journal, Muzzle Magazine, Thrush Poetry Journal, The Offing, Grist Journal, The Journal, and elsewhere. Tiana grew up in Nashville and southern California.  She is a graduate of Tennessee State University where she studied Africana and Women's studies.

Steven Womack

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Steven Womack began his first novel when he was eighteen-years-old. A short eighteen years later, he finally sold one. His first published novel, Murphy’s Fault, was the only debut mystery on the 1990 New York Times Notable Book List. Since then, he has published ten more novels, winning an Edgar Award for Dead Folks’ Blues and a Shamus Award for Murder Manual. His latest novel, written in collaboration with screenwriter Wayne McDaniel, is Resurrection Bay. A scriptwriter as well, Womack also co-wrote the screenplays for Proudheart, which was nominated for the CableAce Award, and Volcano: Fire On the Mountain, an ABC television movie that was one of the most-watched television movies of the year. Womack lives in Nashville with his writer-wife, Shalynn Ford Womack, and teaches screenwriting at The Film School of Watkins College of Art, Design & Film. Visit his website at

Jeff Hardin

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Jeff Hardin
(poetry craft talk) has written four collections of poetry: Fall Sanctuary, recipient of the Nicholas Roerich Prize from Story Line Press; Notes for a Praise Book, selected by Toi Derricotte and published by Jacar Press; Restoring the Narrative, which received the Donald Justice Poetry Prize from West Chester University Poetry Center; and Small Revolution.  A limited edition letterpress collection, Until That Yellow Bird Returns, was printed by Red Hydra Press in 2015. Jeff is a professor of English at Columbia State.

Beverly Mitchell

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Beverly Mitchell (teen workshop) is a writer and translator. She received degrees from Hendrix College (French) and the University of Arkansas (MFA in Literary Translation). She has published original and translated essays and poetry and is especially fond of writing what she calls, "memoirs of Other People" in which she recounts stories from her family. She has also written and directed plays. Mitchell is a professor of English at Columbia State.

Joseph Cook

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Joseph Cook received his M.A. from Auburn University. He's published social justice articles with Southern Poverty Law Center and Alternet. Cook is also a season spoken-word artist, has pioneered several poetry writing organizations and has a poem awaiting publishing with Southern Humanities Review literary journal. He is on the full-time English faculty at Columbia State.

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