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Do you have a writing program at your OLLI? Do you produce an anthology of the work of your writers?

Posted on August 30th, 2013 by Anne Cardale, OLLI National Resource Center

Linda Shook, OLLI at Auburn University Asks OLLI:

Do you have a writing program at your OLLI? Do you produce an anthology of the work of your writers? If you do:
How do you conduct manuscript selection for inclusion?  Have you tried (with or without success) to obtain ISSNs for your anthologies? Have you ever collaborated with another OLLI program to produce a combined anthology?

5 Responses to “Do you have a writing program at your OLLI? Do you produce an anthology of the work of your writers?”


  1. Hi Linda. We have a Writing Special Interest Group that publishes a yearly magazine called Pastiche. They do have submission guidelines that is described in each issue. To view our latest Pastiche and the submission guidelines go to our website at www.olli.psu.edu and click on Pastiche Magazine in the left navigator bar.


  2. We have writing classes that are part of our curriculum almost every term, and we also have Special Interest Groups for prose and for poetry writers.

    We had an “Artist and Writers Quarterly/Showcase” that we published online. The member who had managed the manuscripts and jurying process left to return to college, and for a while we did not have anyone to take her place. We have found the perfect champion who plans to work with our instructors to make sure that the “publication” is inclusive and well-managed moving forward. I’ll be happy to let you know how it works out.

    Our earlier experience did suggest that it was important to have someone who has some technical expertise (emailing manuscripts, managing acknowledgments and jurying, etc.) and who is outgoing enough to gather some helpers and stakeholders to contribute to the journal’s success.

    At OLLI at Duke, our memoir writing classes sometimes self-published anthologies of memoir excerpts. Our wonderful independent bookseller allowed us to hold readings which made the process of publication a real community gathering. Editing and printing the print manuscripts involved a lot of work and sometimes it took a while to recoup the cost of printing.

  3. #3 by: Anne Cardale

    Anne Cardale posted this reply on behalf of Gordon Canyock, Chair, Communications Committee - OLLI at George Mason University

    We do have writing programs at two of our campuses and produce an anthology annually entitled OLLI Ink. We also have a poetry writing workshop that every few years publishes an anthology called Poets of OLLI.

    We have never tried to obtain an ISSN. Our publications are printed in limited quantities and distributed free to those of our members who request them.

    We have never collaborated with any other OLLI on these publications.

  4. #4 by: Anne Cardale

    Anne Cardale posted this reply on behalf of Maxine Doherty - OLLI at the University of Alabama in Huntsville

    Q: Do you have a writing program at your OLLI?
    A: Yes, OLLI at UAHuntsville, has had a writing program since around 1999-2000. It has been an important course in our curriculum since then.

    Q: Do you produce an anthology of the work of your writers?
    A: Yes, we have produced four different volumes of life stories collections entitled Slices of Life.

    Q: How do you conduct manuscript selection for inclusion?
    A: Usually the volume is limited to approximately two-hundred pages. However, it depends on the number of people who submit their stories. Each person in class is allocated only 10 pages of their considered best stories, which can be one complete story or 2 or 3 shorter essays. Only those who have or are participating presently in class can submit their writings since the class members only are buying the book. We did not have the finances to support having numerous copies printed for sale unless it was preordered. However, the OLLI office received a copy to put in the lounge for others to read, if interested. I haven’t checked recently to see if it has remained there.

    Q: Have you tried (with or without success) to obtain ISSNs for your anthologies?
    A: No

    Q:Have you ever collaborated with another OLLI program to produce a combined anthology?
    A: Gracious NO! Putting these stories together in a volume includes an enormous amount of work for a volunteer, namely me. Usually there is contacting each contributor outside of class when editing their stories, which is usually 20 to 23 participants. I was actually looking in Volume 4 and noted there were 83 stories in that edition. It would require a full time paid staff member to combine the collection of stories with others.

  5. #5 by: Anne Cardale

    Maxine Doherty - OLLI at the University of Alabama in Huntsville

    Q: Do you have a writing program at your OLLI?
    A: Yes, OLLI at UAHuntsville, has had a writing program since around 1999-2000. It has been an important course in our curriculum since then.

    Q: Do you produce an anthology of the work of your writers?
    A: Yes, we have produced four different volumes of life stories collections entitled Slices of Life.

    Q: How do you conduct manuscript selection for inclusion?
    A: Usually the volume is limited to approximately two-hundred pages. However, it depends on the number of people who submit their stories. Each person in class is allocated only 10 pages of their considered best stories, which can be one complete story or 2 or 3 shorter essays. Only those who have or are participating presently in class can submit their writings since the class members only are buying the book. We did not have the finances to support having numerous copies printed for sale unless it was preordered. However, the OLLI office received a copy to put in the lounge for others to read, if interested. I haven’t checked recently to see if it has remained there.

    Q: Have you tried (with or without success) to obtain ISSNs for your anthologies?
    A: No

    Q:Have you ever collaborated with another OLLI program to produce a combined anthology?
    A: Gracious NO! Putting these stories together in a volume includes an enormous amount of work for a volunteer, namely me. Usually there is contacting each contributor outside of class when editing their stories, which is usually 20 to 23 participants. I was actually looking in Volume 4 and noted there were 83 stories in that edition. It would require a full time paid staff member to combine the collection of stories with others.

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