The Meacham Writers' Workshop is supported primarily by an endowment funded by the late Jean Meacham in honor of her husband, Ellis K. Meacham. Occurring each fall and spring, the workshop is free and open to the public; there is no registration. The program consists of readings, discussion sessions, and group conferences. The philosophy of the workshop is to provide support but also honest and direct criticism for developing writers. The atmosphere is informal, and there are many opportunities for lunch and other casual meetings. The conference welcomes non-writers who are avid readers of contemporary prose and poetry, as well as school groups. The conference is open to persons of all age, race, religion, sex, veteran status, national origin, or disability.
The Meacham Writers' Workshop receives additional support from the Tennessee Arts Commission, Allied Arts of Chattanooga, the UTC English Department, UTC Honors Program, UTC Speakers and Special Events Committee, and Chattanooga State. The conference is held on the campuses of the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga and Chattanooga State Community College.
Visiting writers have included Phil Levine, James Tate, Nancy Eimers, Abby Frucht, Phil Deaver, Laura Kasischke, Mark Halliday, Jill Rosser, Tomaz Salamun, Mary Ruefle, Dara Wier, Bill Olsen, Robert Houston, Judith Cofer, William Matthews, Stanley Plumly, Marvin Bell, Carol Frost, Eva Toth, Bret Lott, Mark Cox, Mark Jarman, Gerald Stern, and Tim O'Brien.
In Spring 2009, Workshop director Richard Jackson and Chattanooga State coordinator William Teem discussed the Meacham Writers' Workshop in an interview for the WUTC program "Around and About." In Spring 2010, Aaron Collier summarizes the value and philosophy of the Meacham Writers' Workshop in his online post "Renowned Writers to Convene for Meacham Workshop" for Chattarati: Chattanooga News & Opinion.
- Meacham Video Series
- Meacham Conversations
- Past Guests
- Ken Smith Memorial
- Ken Smith Awards
- Meacham Surveys
- Site Map
Subscribe to Podcasts/Vodcasts
- ~ If you missed any of the 2016 Spring readings, you can hear them on iTunes.
This site is best viewed with Internet Explorer at 1024x768 resolution or higher.
Contact Webmaster for questions/notifications of claimed infringement regarding the Digital Millennium Copyright Act.
Chattanooga State Community College is a Tennessee Board of Regents Institution and an EOE/AA Title VI/Title IX/Section 504/ADA employer
The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga is an EEO/affirmative action/Title VI/Title IX/Section 504/ADEA/ADA institution.
This web page has links to resources which are not maintained by the MeachamWriters. The Meacham Writers' Workshop is not responsible for controlling either access to these web sites or changes to the content of these sites. These web sites were originally identified as having valuable and appropriate content related to the aims of the Meacham Writers' Workshop. Please notify the webmaster of inactive, broken, or changed links.