A woman in her sixties.




Kathleen Stone is a writer and a lawyer. Her recently published book, They Called Us Girls: Stories of Female Ambition from Suffrage to Mad Men (Cynren Press), is a collective biography of women who defied expectations by entering male-dominated professions in the 1940s, 50s, and 60s. Her book reviews, art reviews, and essays have appeared in Ploughshares, Arts Fuse, Los Angeles Review of Books, Timberline Review and The Writer's Chronicle.

Kathleen lives in Boston and holds graduate degrees from the Bennington Writing Seminars and Boston University School of Law. Read more on her website.

SESSION: How to Act Your Age and Still Get Published

As a writer of a certain age, you bring experience, expertise, and wisdom to your writing. In fact, those very qualities make your writing what it is. But do you have a nagging fear that younger writers are favored in the literary and publishing worlds, even though they seem to lack experience, expertise, and wisdom comparable to yours? If so, this session is for you. In an interactive format, we will talk about strategies for presenting your work to editors, agents, and publishers so it gets the attention it deserves, regardless of your age. For those who are not digital natives (and that's true for many of us), we will review the most important skills for promoting your work, no matter where you are on your publishing journey. We will even discuss how negative stereotypes of older writers originate and what we can do to ensure they do not hold us back. Come with experiences to share and leave with a clear sense of possibility for your writing life, including that long-awaited debut book.  Note: This session is geared toward writers over 50 who are at work on a book, but is open to everyone interested in the topic.