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AEC Conference on Southern Literature
…A Writers' Conference for Readers

2005 Theme...
"The South: A Community of Outsiders"

March 31 - April 2, 2022
Chattanooga, Tennessee


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Reynolds Price to Give Keynote Address

Friday night community event
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In 1981, the Arts & Education Council produced the first Conference on Southern Literature, bringing together Margaret Walker Alexander, Cleanth Brooks, Andrew Lytle, Walker Percy, and Eudora Welty -- towering figures in Southern literature -- to read and discuss their works. Immediately, the Conference was embraced by the community and has grown at each successful biennial gathering.

In 1987, a remarkable group of writers assembled during the Arts & Education Council's Chattanooga Conference on Southern Literature to inaugurate the Fellowship of Southern Writers' forming. Its mission is to encourage and stimulate good writing in the South.  The Fellowship houses its official archives in the Lupton Library at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga and holds its biennial meetings in conjunction with the Conference.

An integral part of the AEC Conference on Southern Literature since 1995 is the Writers in Residency program that offers area students the opportunity to meet and work with selected authors. The AEC provides books for participants. Approximately 15 writers visit area high schools during each Conference.

The Young Southern Student Writers program allows area students in grades K-12 to submit their own works in prose and poetry for review. Since its inception in 1999, participation has increased from 500 to 2300, leading the AEC to hold the program annually instead of only during the Conference.


Arts & Education Council | PO Box 4203, Chattanooga, TN 37405
Email | Phone: (423) 267-1218 | Fax: 423-267-1018


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