SouthWord Schedule

Friday - April 3rd

UTC University Center

  9:00-10:00     The Relevance of Writing: The Role of Southern Lit in                               Modern America 

                       Tom Franklin, Rodney Jones and Wyatt Prunty

10:00-11:00     He Said/She Said: Writing Across Gender

                        Rita Dove, Robert Ray Morgan and Steve Yarbrough


11:00-12:00     What's Cooking: Food in Fiction

                        Beverly Lowry, John Reed and Josephine Humphreys

  12:00-2:00     Luncheon and FSW Presentation of Award Winners


    2:00-3:00     Telling Our Own Stories: Importance of Diversity in                                  Southern Lit 

                        Silas House, Randall Kenan and Rita Dove 

    3:00-4:00     The Ties that Bind: The Blessing and Curse of Family in

                        Southern Lit

                        Tom Franklin, Beth Henley and George Singleton 

    4:00-5:00     Works in Progress: a Reading

                        Richard Bausch, Bobbie Ann Mason and Ron Rash

Authors will sign their books after their panel session 

             7:00     Keynote dinner at Westin Hotel (Speaker to be                                              announced soon)


Saturday - April 4th

UTC University Center 

  9:00-10:00     Shop Talk: The Craft of Writing

                       Elizabeth Cox, Tony Earley and  Allen Weir

10:00-11:00     Works in Progress: A Reading

                        Tony Earley, Randall Kenan and Jill McCorkle

11:00-12:00     What's So Funny?  Humor in Southern Lit

                        Roy Blount, Clyde Edgerton and Tim Gautreaux

  12:00-2:00     Luncheon with the award of Barnett Prize for Local

                        Distinguished Author

   2:30 - 3:30    They Shall Inherit the Earth: Environmental Topics in                                  Southern Lit

                        Maurice Manning, Ron Rash and Silas House

    3:30-4:30     Beyond the Agrarians: Urban versus Rural as it Relates

                        to Social Identity in Southern Lit

                        Beverly Lowry, Bobbie Ann Mason and Steve Yarbrough

Authors will sign their books after their panel session 


Saturday Evening Dinners at Private Homes with authors

(See form for tickets)

Ticket Info

2-day ticket plus Keynote dinner -  $150. 
Friday, 1-day ticket - $60.  
(Includes luncheon. Does not include keynote dinner.)
Sat. 1-day ticket - $60
(Includes luncheon.)
Keynote Dinner - $75
Table of 8  - $600
Student 2-day ticket - $40
Student 1-day ticket - $25
(Student tickets do not include luncheons.)

We are seeking volunteers to help us with SouthWord 2020! Click below for more information.

Norma & Olan Mills

CHI Memorial Medical Group

Melissa & Kent Blye

Chattanooga Convention & Visitors Bureau

Hamico Inc.



The Arts Building

301 East 11th Street

Suite 301

Chattanooga, TN 37403


(423) 267-1218

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