By Christine Swanberg
Author and Poet
Rockford has a large and active retirement community, with many perks and opportunities for senior citizens. If you are one of them or know a retired person who has a gift for writing, consider this book: Writing After Retirement: Tips from Successful Writers, edited by Carol Smallwood and Christine Redman-Waldeyer, and published by Rowman and Littlefield, www.rowman.com and available at other online sources as well.
This 300-page book includes 27 chapters that cover a very wide range of topics and is arranged into four main parts: Part I, Starting In; Part II, Practical Aspects; Part III, Finding Your Niche; and Part IV, Publication and Marketing. Among the chapter titles are “Following Dreams Put On Hold,” “Using and Tuning Life Experiences,” “Some Writing Nuts and Bolts,” “Compiling an Anthology,” “Using Life Experience: Memoir Writing,” “Writing About Heritage,” “How to Become a Successful Romance Writer in Retirement” and “Writing Children’s Books: Seventeen Steps to Success.”
I recommend this book highly. Carol Smallwood is a librarian whose writing and editing have taken off during her retirement. Check out the book online. Perhaps it’s just what you or a friend are looking for. Perhaps it could serve as a text for a group of retired writers. I am looking forward to using it in my own workshops for both instruction and inspiration.
Christine Swanberg is a local author and poet. She received the Lawrence E. Gloyd Community Impact Award at the 2012 Rockford Area Arts Council State of the Arts Awards.
From the Nov. 12-18, 2014, issue