R256. Beyond the Memoir: a New Approach to Teaching Creative Writing to Senior Citizens

Room 3A, Washington State Convention Center, Level 3
Thursday, February 27, 2014
4:30 pm to 5:45 pm


Life story workshops are prevalent in senior citizen facilities in the United States. Yet the memoir is not ideal for every older adult with a yearning to write. In fact, many aren’t ready or, more commonly, don’t have the desire to go down this road. In this panel, educators will discuss innovative practices to bring out the best creative works from this growing population. Leave with techniques to excite older students and concepts to immediately craft or expand your own program.



David Robson is an award-winning playwright and educator. His many produced plays include Assassin, Playing Leni, and Man Measures Man. Associate professor of English at Delaware County Community College, he is the recipient of the Gould Award for Teaching Excellence in 2010.

Nancy McCurry is a  freelance editor of full length fiction and an award winning writer in short story, essay, and flash fiction. She teaches creative writing and research at Paradise Valley Community College in Phoenix.

Paul Pat is an assistant professor of English at Delaware County Community College in Media, Pennsylvania. He teaches composition and creative writing.

Lloyd Noonan teaches humanities at West Los Angeles College and conducts a weekly creative writing workshop in Culver City. Since 2006, he has taught creative writing at The Pacific Inn, a senior residential facility.


February 7–10, 2024
Kansas City, Missouri

Kansas City Convention Center