R205. Second Blooming: Resources for Older Women Writers

Florida Salon 4, Marriott Waterside, Second Floor
Thursday, March 8, 2018
1:30 pm to 2:45 pm


Publishing creative work is more challenging for older women, even though maturity and life experiences are invaluable assets for a writer. This panel offers resources—MFA programs, residencies and conferences, and publishing options—that particularly welcome and support the work of older women writers.


Ellen Meeropol is the author of three novels, Kinship of Clover, On Hurricane Island, and House Arrest. She holds an MFA from the Stonecoast Program at the University of Southern Maine. She serves as Board President of Straw Dog Writers Guild.

Robin Talbot is the associate director of Stonecoast MFA, University of Southern Maine. She has written two documentary scripts: A Call to Action: A Community's Dream and Starting Over; and Understanding and Supporting Refugee and Immigrant Experiences. Robin holds an MA in arts administration.

Amy Wheeler is a playwright and the Executive Director of Hedgebrook. An alumna of Yaddo and Hedgebrook, she received her MFA through the University of Iowa Playwrights Workshop. She has taught writing at Cornish College for the Arts and Freehold Studio Theatre Lab.

Kendra Kopelke is coeditor of Passager, a journal and press for writers over 50, in Baltimore, Maryland. The journal is in its 27th year and the press in its 16th (www.passasgerbooks.com). In 2016, they published A Sunday in Purgatory, poems by 100-year-old Henry Morgenthau lll.

Breena Clarke is a founder and organizer of Hobart Book Village Festival of Women Writers and is on the board of A Room of Her Own Foundation. On the faculty of Stonecoast MFA at The University of Southern Maine, she is the author of three novels.


March 7–10, 2018
Tampa, FL

Tampa Convention Center & Marriott Tampa Waterside