F262. Mentoring Elderly Students at Writers' Centers, Local Ys, and Elder Care Facilities

Room 513, LA Convention Center, Meeting Room Level
Friday, April 1, 2016
3:00 pm to 4:15 pm


How do we most effectively teach elderly students? Panelists discuss subtle/pronounced differences of teaching creative writing workshops (all genres) to a distinct, often distinguished demographic. Instructors who specialize in teaching outside the academy share experiences and offer advice on teaching this cohort. Dos and don'ts of approach are explored. A student in his 80s shares experiences, published work, and what he and others are looking for in teachers, mentors, and courses.



Jennifer Franklin (Brown AB, Columbia MFA) is the author of the poetry collections, Looming and Persephone's Ransom. Her work has been published by the Paris Review, the Nation, Boston Review, and poets.org. She is coeditor of Slapering Hol Press and teaches at the Hudson Valley Writers' Center.

Sally Bliumis-Dunn teaches the personal essay to seniors at the 92nd Street Y. Her poems have appeared in the Paris Review, Prairie Schooner, PLUME, Poetry London, the Bellevue Literary Review, the New York Times, PBS NewsHour, Terrain.Org, and the Writer’s Almanac, among others.

Tony Howarth taught English at the high school and college level for twenty-eight years; directed with the College Light Opera Company in Falmouth, Mass.; worked as a journalist with, among others, The New York World-Telegram and The Sun as editorial writer then features editor; and received a degree from Yale.

Kathleen Ossip

Margaret Ryan


March 4–7, 2020
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Henry B. González Convention Center