What happens when you have found something you enjoy doing, say writing, and you are over fifty. Maybe you’ve been writing for years, but you need new ways to keep going, a different vantage point. Maybe you’re ready to follow a dream to write, but question what it is you want to write and what you will do with it, and you wonder if it’s too late. Maybe you just want to keep a journal. Maybe you want to write down some family stories. Or perhaps you’ve always enjoyed poetry, and you want to try your hand at that. Perhaps you have a novel that sits in your drawer, and you realize it’s time to pull out.
If you’re looking for inspiration, support, camaraderie, community, as well as publishing news and opportunities, then here is that place: Turtle House Ink.
When Carol and I created and published When Last on the Mountain: The View from Writers over 50, we found writers over 50 on a mission to keep writing and to continue to search for ways to send that writing into the world. The anthology, a collection of essays, poems, and stories, was drawn from an outpouring of submissions that filled our mailboxes when we issued a single call in Poets and Writers. We received over 2,000 submissions and from those we chose the eighty selections that appear in the book.
Over the past year since the anthology was published, we have conducted readings and workshops from North Carolina to California, and we have discovered many more wonderful writers over 50 looking for a place to call home. We want to make this website that place. We are starting with a simple site and simple blogs, and we will grow from here.
The blogs will focus on what we see, hear, and read about and by writers over 50. We will include inspiring stories and invite guest bloggers to share their thoughts. You may find writing tips and ideas, as well as news from our subscribers. We will follow the path up the mountain and report as we go!
We invite you to join us on this journey. Please join our subscriber list and leave your comments and ideas to help guide us along the way.
We’ll be adding in some turtle images–as our symbol of endurance and longevity. This lady is ready to go!