S194. CANCELLED: Invincibles: Women Writers Publishing After 50

Status: Not Accepted

Room 211, Henry B. González Convention Center, Meeting Room Level
Saturday, March 7, 2020
12:10 pm to 1:25 pm


Many panels and articles claim to honor older women writers—then define “older” as over 35! The fiction writers on this panel all published their first books after age 50. What are the particular challenges—and opportunities—posed by our age and gender? How do we simultaneously manage the demands of writing, publishing—and menopause? In what ways are we constrained—or free? We share true stories, tips, and encouragement for writers of all ages.

Outline & Supplemental Documents

Event Outline: Invincibles_AWP_panel_outline.docx



Naomi Williams is the author of the novel Landfalls and an in-progress book of stories inspired by Japanese ghost stories and folktales. Her short fiction has appeared in many journals and garnered a Pushcart Prize. She teaches at the low-res MFA program at Ashland University.

Val Brelinski was raised in Nampa, Idaho, a daughter of evangelical Christians. Her debut novel is The Girl Who Slept with God. She is a former Wallace Stegner Fellow and Jones Lecturer at Stanford University, where she currently teaches creative writing.

Peg Alford Pursell is the author of A Girl Goes into the Forest and of Show Her a Flower, A Bird, A Shadow, named 2017 Indie Book of the Year in Literary Fiction. She is the director, founder, and editor in chief of WTAW Press and of Why There Are Words.

Jimin Han is the author of the novel A Small Revolution. Her work appears in or is forthcoming in Platypus's digital shorts series, NPR's Weekend America, Poets & Writers, Catapult, Hyphen magazine, The Rumpus, and others. She teaches at the Writing Institute at Sarah Lawrence College.

Geeta Kothari is the nonfiction editor at The Kenyon Review. Her writing has appeared in various anthologies and journals, including Best American Essays. Her book is I Brake for Moose and Other Stories. She teaches at the University of Pittsburgh and at Carlow University.


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