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14 Over 40: Authors Who First Published Late(ish)

abstract:People seem to think that you have to enter into the fray of writing early. You might be surprised to see a line-up of some people who wrote their first novels after their 40th birthday (and well beyond). Take a look at these familiar book titles and celebrate the authors who wrote them, as compiled in a slide show by Huffington correspondent Randy Susan Meyers:"41 Over 40: Authors Debuting Over Age 40" (Sept.11.2010)
Annie Proulx published Postcards at age 57.
Alex Haley published Roots when he was 55.
Raymond Chandler debuted The Big Sleep at 59.
Edward P. Jones' first book Lost in the City came out when he was 41.
Henry Miller published Tropic of Cancer when he was 40.
James Michener published Tales of the South Pacific when he was 40-? and went on to publish 40 more books.
Julia Glass published Three Junes in her 40s.
Holly LeCraw wrote The Swimming Pool when she was 43.
Paul Hardy won the Pulitzer Prize with his first published book Tinkers when he was 42.
Sue Monk Kid debuted The Secret Life of Bees at 54.
George Eliot published Adam Bede: (now in its 150th Anniversary Edition published by Signet Classics) when she was 50.
Richard Adams debuted Watership Down when he was 52.
Katherine Anne Porter published her only novel Ship of Fools when she was 72.
Norman McLean wrote A River Runs Through It when he was 74.
So what's stopping you? Check out these Writer Workshops and get started on your first novel.


September 15, 2010

Writers Guides and Workshops

  • Shaw Guides: lists of workshops organized by state, date, and genre.
  • Simon Fraser Writing and Publishing Program: Registration is still open for Fall 2010 and Spring 2011 courses.
  • Ryerson University: check out the Chang School, Writing Workshops
  • Writers' Federation of Nova Scotia: offers workshops, retreats, mentorships and distance learning.



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