Great storytelling by four remarkable senior writers age 65+ is on tap at two Ageless Authors book events in Southern California this month.
The local writers will read their work, sign books and offer writing tips at the Irvine Spectrum Barnes & Noble on Wednesday, February 12 at 3PM. Scheduled authors include Laguna Beach writer Geoffrey Graves, Terri Elders of Westminster, Brenda Mutchnick of Beverly Hills, and Gered Beeby of San Diego. Each author will read from the hot-off-the-press anthology DANG, I Wish I Hadn't Done That, a collection of 34 stories and poems all penned by senior writers.
Kirkus Reviews has called the book “A vibrant collection of pieces by an eclectic group of older writers...”
OnlineBookClub.org was even more impressed: “A display of courage and vision, this remarkable collection of stories and poems could be a step forward in laying the foundation for a new literary field that reflects the wisdom and experience of seniority.”
DANG is published by Ageless Authors, a unique writers’ group that works exclusively with senior authors around the world. This event is part of an extensive book tour through the Southwest and on the West Coast.
“This generation of older people has some wonderful stories to tell and Ageless Authors has the best of the best,” says Upshaw, a long-time author, journalist, and marketing executive who edited the book and will emcee the event. “Seniors have a lot to say to people of all ages, and they say it in very creative ways."
Upshaw says thousands of publications accept submissions, but the others favor young writers. "An obvious vacuum existed in the publishing world before we initiated our first writing contest four years ago,” he says. “The response to our contests has been tremendous, from older writers worldwide, who tell us we are the only game in town for their creative expression.”
Ageless Authors anthologies include fiction and non-fiction as well as poetry. Various competitions offer prize money.
Writers should check out the contest page online for the rules and guidelines of the group’s current call. Stories don't necessarily need to win a contest to be included in an anthology. Decisions are made by an editorial board of writers, editors, educators and working professionals.
Admission is free of charge at all Ageless Authors events. For further information, email Larry Upshaw, or call: (214) 405-5093.