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Clay Stafford to be Guest Speaker at the AGT Monthly Meeting

Oct. 7, 11:00 Faith Lutheran Church in Farragut



Clay Stafford is an American bestselling and award-winning author, poet, screenwriter & playwright; film & television producer, director, showrunner, actor; book, film & stage reviewer, educator, and public speaker. He has sold nearly four million copies of his books, has his work distributed in sixteen languages, and has spoken as a Master of Ceremony to over one million people live.

Clay Stafford is president and CEO of the independent film, television, stage, music, events, and publishing company American Blackguard, president, CEO, publisher, editor-in-chief, and senior editor of Clay Stafford Books, publisher of award-winning books.

He is the publisher and editor-in-chief of He is founder, CEO, and president of the premiere international writers’ conference, Killer Nashville.

Clay Stafford is the Writer in Residence and Creative Writing Instructor at Battle Ground Academy in Franklin, Tennessee. 

4/28/21 – Clay spoke with Ric Bratton on This Week In America on 130 radio stations across the U.S. about his passion for educating the writers of tomorrow.

4/12/21 – Clay joked with Larry Matthews and 50,000 other listeners about the fun to be had at Killer Nashville.


Editor and contributor to Killer Nashville’s bestselling and award-winning book Cold-Blooded: Killer Nashville Noir

Publisher and senior editor of Richard Helms’s incredible Shamus-nominated novel Paid in Spades

Screenwriter, producer, songwriter, composer, and director of the award-winning feature documentary One of the Miracles


“This is a book to keep by your bedside for those nighttime short story cravings.” – Publishers Weekly

“Murder, mayhem, and mystery! Filled with suspense, sizzle and startling twists. I loved it!” – Lisa Jackson, New York Times Bestselling Author.

“Stafford has no shortage of material . . . Ever the Renaissance man.” – The Atlanta Journal / The Atlanta Constitution

“It is difficult to imagine an individual better suited to be a working member of the entertainment community.” – Liz Ramirez, Universal Studios / Hanna-Barbera Studios

“An excellent member of any production team.” – John Whitesell, Senior Vice-President, Warner Bros. International Television Distribution

“A great source of advice and information, a tremendous addition to your team.” – Cynthia Payo, Hollywood Pictures / Walt Disney Motion Picture Group


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