• Tennessee Resources for Writers

    Here you’ll find a collection of resources for writers in Tennessee, from conferences to local critique groups to literary magazines. If you live in Tennessee, these are some organizations you might want to check out.



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    Sewanee Writers’ Conference

    This annual conference is one of the most highly-regarded of its kind. Offers discussions, seminars, readings and workshops.

    Killer Nashville

    An annual conference offering intense study, critiquing, networking and opportunities to speak with editors and agents.

    Writer’s Loft

    Earn a non-residency certificate in creative writing, working one-on-one with a mentor to hone your writing skills, and produce a publishable manuscript.

    Chattanooga Writers’ Guild

    Offers focused regular meetings for specific genres.

    Tennessee Writers Alliance

    A nonprofit organization aimed at supporting the work of Tennessee writers and enhancing the role of literary arts in the state of Tennessee. Offers regular meetings, contests and other events.

    Southern Lit Alliance

    Offers many events and programming for both adult and youth writers. Based in Chattanooga.

    Meacham Writers’ Workshop

    Each fall and spring, this workshop is free and open to the public. The program consists of readings, discussion sessions and group conferences.

    Cumberland River Review

    A quarterly online publication of new poetry, fiction, essays and art.


    An annual literary magazine, each issue features 200 pages of stories and poems, as well as interviews with writers and creative nonfiction devoted to discussions of craft.

    Now and Then

    Published twice annually in June and December, the magazine presents a fresh, revealing picture of life in Appalachia, past and present, with engaging articles, personal essays, fiction, poetry, reviews and photography.

    The Pinch Journal

    One of the longest-running literary journals in the country. Fiction, poetry, nonfiction and artwork. Based at the University of Memphis.

    Sewanee Review

    America’s oldest continuously published literary quarterly. Fiction, poetry, essays and reviews.

    Spartan City Poetry Club

    Open to poets in and around Memphis, the Spartan City Poetry Club meets one Saturday per month for “soulful poetry readings, awesome games, and talented special guests.” The club is free, and is dedicated to helping poets not only with their writing, but also their stage presence.

    The Porch

    A literary center in Nashville offering workshops (eight weeks, six weeks, four weeks, and one-day), readings, retreats, and more for adults and children.


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