2021 Writers' Symposium

Four celebrated writers will share their experiences in a series of Writers' Symposium events starting in May. Don’t miss these chances to connect with the creative community and fuel your writing ambitions!

Featured Writers:

LIFE is thrilled to announce a fabulous line-up where you can meet and greet with your favorite local writers. Sessions with individual authors will take place once a month on Thursday mornings, moderated by LIFE's CEO Eileen Bradshaw. Books will be available for signing. The series will culminate in a panel discussion this fall and a writing contest.

Connie Cronley: Stories from Real Life
Thursday, May 13 at 10 a.m.
Columnist and author of "Light and Variable" and "Sometimes a Wheel Falls Off"

See Connie Cronley's session here

Barry Friedman: You Don't Know Jack: Tales from Barry’s Daily Life with Jack Friedman, his 94-year-old father
Thursday, June 10 at 10 a.m.
Author of "The Joke Was on Me," "The Road Comic" and "Four Days a Year Later"

See Barry Friedman's session here

Ginny Graham: Writing, Journalism and our Community
Thursday, July 29 at 10 a.m.
Tulsa World writer and editor covering social issues, education and criminal justice. 
*Due to a scheduling conflict, Ginny Graham replaces Rabbi Marc Boone Fitzerman as our featured speaker.

Judy Allen: Cooking and the Changed World
Thursday, August 12 at 10 a.m.
Tulsa World food columnist and former senior food editor for Martha Stewart

Writers’ Symposium Panel Discussion and Champagne Reception
Sunday, September 26 from 4 to 6 p.m.


Events are free and open to the public. Attend in person at Legacy Plaza, 5330 E. 31st St. in Tulsa, or watch live on LIFE’s Facebook page. All in-person events will have limited attendance and follow safety recommendations.

In-person at Legacy Tower: RSVP here to reserve your spot or call LIFE's Senior Centers at (918) 744-6760.

Stream each event on LIFE's Facebook page


Writer's Symposium Writing Contest:

Writers who are age 50 or older are invited to submit an open-themed work. 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.

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

Made possible by a grant from the Oklahoma Arts Council.