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Knoxville News Sentinel Columnist Sam Venable to speak at AGT July Monthly Meeting

Popular newspaper columnist and author, Sam Venable, will be the featured speaker at our meeting on July 7 at the Faith Lutheran Church, Farragut. Our social hour and book exchange will begin at 10:30 a.m. and our speaker will be introduced at 11:00 a.m. His talk will center around the differences in journalism writing and authoring books. Visitors are encouraged to attend this special event.*

Sam was born in Knoxville, graduating from the University of Tennessee where he first studied forest management. When a fraternity brother remarked, “Sam, you’re so full  of bullshit, you should be a writer,” Venable decided to pursue a degree in Journalism.

His journalism career began as a police reporter for the Chattanooga News-Free Press in 1969. A year later he was hired by the News Sentinel as outdoor editor, writing a column on hunting and fishing along with outdoor safety and environmental conservation. He found success in writing articles that entertained his readers, while also being informative.

In 1985, Venable became a humor columnist at the Knoxville News Sentinel, where he still writes a column, although he is semi-retired. Over the course of his career he has been published in more than 150 periodicals and is the author of thirteen books.

He has received numerous awards, including being inducted into the ET Writers Hall of Fame, the Journalism Hall of Fame, and even the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency (TWRA) Hunter Education Hall of Fame.

He is married to his high school sweetheart, Mary Ann, with whom he has two children and two grandchildren.

Plan to attend this meeting as you don’t want to miss this extraordinary author and lecturer.

* Only fully vaccinated, please.


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Faith Lutheran Church @ 225 Jamestown Blvd, Knoxville, TN 37934

Sam Venable to speak at July 7th Meeting of AGT at Faith Lutheran Church, 225 Jamestowne Rd., Farragut, TN @ Thu, 07 July 2022

Faith Lutheran Church @ 225 Jamestowne Blvd, Knoxville TN

The Authors Guild of Tennessee is excited to announce that popular Knoxville News Sentinel columnist and author  Sam Venable will be their featured speaker at the next monthly meeting on July 7th at 11:00 a.m. at the Faith Lutheran Church of Farragut.  Mr. Venable's talk will center on the differences between journalism writing and authoring books.