Writers' Conference Announced

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Registration Now Open

(COLUMBIA, Tenn. – Feb. 8, 2016) - - - Registration is now open for the Columbia State Community College Duck River Writers’ Conference on April 16. The conference will feature craft talks, workshops and a juried reading. 

“Historically, Middle Tennessee has produced a wealth of literary talent,” said Judith Westley, conference chair and Columbia State assistant professor of English. “We have profound depth to our literary culture, and Columbia State is excited to bring so many great writers to our college and our community.” 

Registration will begin at 12:45 p.m. and conference events will continue through the afternoon followed by a catered dinner, as well as a book signing and reading by noted author and Vanderbilt professor, Mark Jarman.

Registration fees are $10 in advance and $15 at the door. Attendance of free for Columbia State students with a college ID. The catered dinner is optional and will be a separate charge of $20. 

The conference offers three tracks of craft talks and workshops for poetry, fiction and creative writing by teens. 

Craft talks will be given by Jeff Hardin, Columbia State’s Professor of English and winner of the Donald Justice Poetry Prize; Dana Chamblee Carpenter, winner of the 2014 Claymore Award from Killer Nashville; and Joseph Cook, Columbia State English instructor and spoken-word artist.

Workshops will be led by Carrie Jarrell, Murray State University associate professor of English and 2008 Anthony Hecht Poetry Prize winner; Adria Bernardi, essayist and novelist; and Beverly Mitchell, Columbia State professor of English and playwright.

The featured reader will be noted author, American poet and Vanderbilt University Centennial Professor of English Mark Jarman, who is the author of more than a dozen books of poetry and non-fiction criticism. Jarman recently won the Balcones Poetry Prize for “Bone Fires: New and Selected Poems,” his most recent collection.

Jarman has received three fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts and is also a former Guggenheim Fellow.

Please visit www.ColumbiaState.edu/DRWC for a full schedule of events and details about individual panelists. To register in advance, the registration form can downloaded and printed from the website.

In addition, the manuscript submission deadline has been extended. Writers are encouraged to submit poetry, short stories, excerpts from novels, and teen poetry and fiction by March 18. Manuscripts will be reviewed by a panel of judges prior to the conference and a workshop will be held during the conference to provide professional feedback for all submissions.

Non-refundable fees for manuscript submissions are $15, separate from conference registration fees. Columbia State student submissions are free. Manuscripts should be sent to DRWC@ColumbiaState.edu. Payment instructions will be emailed to those making submissions.

For additional information, please call (931) 540-2871. 

The Duck River Writers’ Conference is sponsored by Listerhill Credit Union and Bartertown Co-Op.

Columbia State is a two-year college, serving a nine-county area in southern Middle Tennessee with locations in Columbia, Franklin, Lawrenceburg, Lewisburg and Clifton. As Tennessee’s first community college, Columbia State is committed to increasing access and enhancing diversity at all five campuses. Columbia State is a member of the Tennessee Board of Regents, one of the largest higher education systems in the nation. For more information, please visit www.columbiastate.edu.

Tennessee’s Community Colleges is a system of 13 colleges offering a high-quality, affordable, convenient and personal education to prepare students to achieve their educational and career goals in two years or less. We offer associate degree and certificate programs, workforce development programs and transfer pathways to four-year degrees. For more information, please visit us online at tncommunitycolleges.org.

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