Authors Guild of Tennessee is a group of about fifty published authors who live in East Tennessee. Many of our stories are set in this area, reflecting either its present-day culture or its history.

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Mission Statement: To celebrate Tennessee’s rich literary tradition through opportunities for people to get to know authors more personally, discover details about their books, and find inspiration through their challenges and successes, which ultimately strengthens a desire to read while also serving as a vital catalyst for our authors to continue writing and selling their books.

September Meeting of Authors Guild of Tennessee

We will hold our next regular monthly meeting on September 2 at the Faith Lutheran Church in Farragut, starting at 10:30 for social time and book exchange. *

Continuing our series on hearing from our members about their writing experiences and how their background influenced their genres and styles, our featured speaker this month will be Laura Derr. Laura has been a member of Authors Guild since 2014.

Laura is a retired teacher and marketing professional who graduated of the University of Kentucky with a Masters degree in English. She taught college English for fifteen years in Virginia, Texas, and Iowa. In 1980 she co-authored a textbook for an NPR radio course on The World of F. Scott Fitzgerald. While raising a family in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, she and her husband owned and operated a marketing research business for seventeen years. A native of the Bluegrass area of Kentucky, she has a unique perspective on the tobacco wars of the early 1900s and how they affected lives both then and now. Her book, Nick and Viola; a Kentucky Family Tragedy in the Tobacco Wars (1904-1911) is about her great grandparents and their battle for survival during this bloody chapter.

Laura will be speaking to us about her latest book, due out shortly. As like her earlier book,, Laura has done considerable research over several years to write this historical account. When I asked Laura for a quote to summarize her talk she wrote back, “Why would anyone spend six years slogging through 4,000 pages of typed transcripts to write a book about dead people that will mainly appeal to a single community? Join us Thursday to hear the reason! Laura Derr will discuss her upcoming book, A Great Cloud of Witnesses: Memories of the Early 20th Century, Cedar Rapids, IA.”

I think we all want to hear the answer to her question.


* Only fully vaccinated people, please.






New Releases

Featured Genre

The Featured Genre for the month of September is Short Stories

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