Starting a New Writing Career After 40
(Renée Camus, Kaumudi Marathé, Ann Redisch Stampler, Susannah Rodríguez Drissi, Christine Berg)
Despite the recent emphasis on millennial voices and young writers in journalism (and elsewhere), there are plenty of professional women writers who decided to focus on their writing careers later in life. People who perhaps dabbled in writing in school but didn’t focus on it until later, or who decided on a career change in later life, even while balancing families and other demands on their time. Their experiences are diverse and their maturity allows them to directly apply these experiences to a new writing career, even if they haven’t been doing it all along, and despite a constantly changing professional landscape.
This panel will feature several writers over the age of 40 and consider their different experiences, what brought them to writing after doing other things, and how they navigate the shifting landscape, from consistently dropping pay rates, to ageism and sexism (or the deadly combination thereof), to more emphasis on and enthusiasm for younger writers. These women are proud of their journeys, their age and position in life, and their accomplishments. They’ve learned how to handle rejection and apply their energies to living their best selves. We’ll also discuss how the Binders have been a huge stepping-stone for all of us to further our careers and go for it, despite naysayers telling us it’s too late.
No advance sign-up necessary for attendees.