November 17th 2022 6:00 pm (EDT)

CoveyClub Writers Roundtable: Writing a Book at Midlife

What steps do you need to take to write a book in midlife? Should you self-publish, should you get an agent? How do you begin to sift through your memories to tell your story? How do you find your unique voice? We’ve gathered a fabulous group of award-winning writers and publishing professionals to answer all your questions and help you jump-start your writing project. Our roundtable includes photographer and memoirist Helen Morse, author and editor Vanessa Mayfield, publishing coach Richelle Fredson, and multi-genre writer Deborah Burns

Purchase a Ticket

Join the conversation!

Our experts

Helen Morse

Helen Morse was born in New York City in 1954. Her father was a distinguished editor in the field of education while her mother had been a Burlesque dancer in the forties and early fifties. Morse spent her childhood years traveling between Florida and New York, attending Sarah Lawrence College in Bronxville, New York and then Kirkland College in Clinton, New York. At Kirkland, she graduated with a bachelor's degree in Fine Arts Photography. Afterwards, she worked for several years at the International Museum of Photography at George Eastman House and then briefly attended the masters program at Rochester Institute of Technology before moving to New England. Morse has been a photographer for over 40 years and has exhibited her photographic work nationally and internationally. Her work is currently on display at the Fotonostrum Gallery in Barcelona. She lives on Plum Island north of Boston, Massachusetts. The Difficult Girl, a memoir, is her first book.

Vanessa Mayfield

Vanessa Mayfield has lived in every major city in America and worked as a Hospitality Consultant for hotel and casino groups in both the U.S. and in Sydney, Australia. After completing a screenplay and having her first short story recently published by Covey Club, she is putting the final edits on her first novel— a book about a woman starting over after a divorce and stumbling through mid-life love affairs, entitled: “Just the Five of Us: A Love Story.” She now resides in Dallas, Texas.

Deborah Burns

Deborah Burns loves inspiring others to see possibilities and opportunities. Connecting the dots and building ideas is her hallmark, whether as a media chief innovation officer or as the author of two award-winning books: ”Authorize It! Think Like a Writer to Win at Work & Life” and “Saturday’s Child.” Her latest book—and third genre—is “THE 7 DAYS: A Classic Nursery Rhyme Made New.”

Richelle Fredson

Richelle Fredson is a book publishing coach and consultant working with aspiring and published authors to create impactful book concepts & competitive book proposals. Many of Richelle’s clients go on to receive multiple six-figure offers from their dream publishers. Her clients include Farnoosh Torabi, Chrissy King, Jennifer Racioppi, Terri Cole, Vanessa Marin and many more. Formerly, she was the Director of Publicity and Book Marketing for Hay House and also served on the Acquisitions team. Richelle is the host of the Bound + Determined podcast and the founder of The Book Proposal Blueprint Online Course