2021 Writers' Symposium

Final Session! Writers’ Symposium Panel Discussion and Reception
Sunday, September 26 from 4 to 6 p.m.
Connect with four celebrated writers* at the final event of 2021. Attend in person at Legacy Plaza, 5330 E. 31st St. in Tulsa, or watch live on LIFE's Facebook page. This event is free and open to the public.

RSVP here to reserve your spot or call LIFE Senior Services at (918) 664-9000.

*Due to a scheduling conflict, we are pleased to feature Rabbi Marc Boone Fitzerman as a replacement for Judy Allen.

Featured Writers:

Session 1: Connie Cronley: Stories from Real Life
Columnist and author of "Light and Variable" and "Sometimes a Wheel Falls Off"

See Connie Cronley's session here

Session 2: Barry Friedman: You Don't Know Jack: Tales from Barry’s Daily Life with Jack Friedman, his 94-year-old father
Author of "The Joke Was on Me," "The Road Comic" and "Four Days a Year Later"

See Barry Friedman's session here

Session 3: Ginny Graham: Writing, Journalism and our Community
Tulsa World writer and editor covering social issues, education and criminal justice 

See Ginny Graham's session here.

Session 4: Judy Allen: Cooking and the Changed World
Tulsa World food columnist and former senior food editor for Martha Stewart

See Judy Allen's session here.

Writer's Symposium Writing Contest:

Writers who are age 50 or older are invited to submit an unpublished, original manuscript in one of four categories. Awards include a $100 cash prize and a year's membership to LIFE's Senior Centers. The winning manuscripts will be published as submitted in LIFE's Vintage Newsmagazine, both printed and digital versions. The deadline to enter is September 1, 2021. Please email entries to our editor Dee Duren at or call (918) 664-9000 for alternative submission options.

See more information about the Writers' Symposium Writing Contest here.

Made possible by a grant from the Oklahoma Arts Council.