Writing as the Third Act: Celebrating Older Writers

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By Deonna Kelli Sayed

Writing, art, dance, and creativity are essential to aging well – and to aging out loud.

The afternoon of life offers time, introspection, and resources to delve into creative projects like art, writing, photography, and sometimes, dance. What a beautiful way to capture the wisdom and experience of full lives! What a powerful way to honor the stories and experiences of older members of the community!

Greensboro Bound: A Literary Festival recognizes the many literary talents of older adults in the Piedmont Triad. The organization is honored to host “Writing as the Third Act: Writers over 60 on Craft, Creativity, and Aging.” This panel conversation will take place Sunday, September 24, at Scuppernong Books, 304 S. Elm St., in downtown Greensboro. The event starts at 2 p.m. and is free and open to the public. This is one of many events celebrating the inclusivity of voices often marginalized or deemed invisible.

Conversation partners for the event highlight Triad writers representing multiple literary genres.

Greensboro-based Ellen Fischer will talk about transitioning from a schoolteacher to a children’s author after turning 60. She will touch on her experiences with ageism in the publishing industry. Mrs. Fischer is active in Greensboro’s Jewish community, and she is a regular blogger for education at Huffington Post.

Winston-Salem resident, J.J. Hohn retired in 2007 after a 45-year career in financial services. He writes poetry, non-fiction, and suspense novels. Mr. Hohn is engaged in a wide range of creative pursuits and is also the board chair of 40+ Stage Company in Winston Salem.

Retired French Language and Literature professor, Janet Joyner, is a winner of the Poetry Society of South Carolina’s Dubose and Dorothy Heyward Poetry Prize. Her poems have been published in numerous journals and have won distinctions in Bay Leaves of the Poetry Council of North Carolina, in Flying South ’14 and ’15, Second Spring 2016 and 2017, as well as finalist and semi-finalist distinctions for the Poet’s Billow 2016 Prize, and the United Kingdom’s 2016 Bridport Prize.

Carol Roan, former president of Winston-Salem Writers, turns 86 this month. Mrs. Roan’s creative resume is so varied that it makes one dizzy to read. She has a background in voice performance. Today, she writes fiction and non-fiction in addition to teaching voice lessons and professionally dancing. She is the co-editor of the anthology, When Last on the Mountain: The View from Writers over 50, which was required reading in a graduate course at California State University, Long Beach.

The panel will last around one and a half hours and will include time for community conversation.

Scuppernong Books is at 304 South Elm Street. The café offers light menu options, coffee, beer and wine. Free parking is available one block away in the parking lot across from Natty Greene’s, and in the Greene Street parking garage one block in the other direction.

Greensboro Bound invites older writers to be visible and active participants in our local literary community.
We look forward to getting to know you and celebrating your life!

For information on the 2018 Greensboro Bound Festival, visit GreensboroBound.com or follow them on Facebook at www.facebook.com/greensborobound.

Deonna Kelli Sayed is an award-winning journalist and author. She is on the steering committee of Greensboro Bound. Learn more about Deonna at dksayed.com.

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