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Novelist to set up writing class for Santa Fe senior citizens

New Mexico State University professor and novelist Kevin McIlvoy will visit the Mary Ester Gonzales Senior Center, 1121 Alto St., Santa Fe, on Friday, Nov. 19, to establish a weekly creative writing class for writers over 55.

The first session of the free class, set for 1 p.m., is open to writers of poetry, fiction, memoirs and personal essays. Beginners to experienced authors will be welcomed.

"I expect that some people will be writing for themselves or their families and others for readers beyond their home community," McIlvoy said.

With the support of NMSU, McIlvoy is traveling to senior centers throughout New Mexico to initiate senior writing classes modeled after a workshop he has taught as a volunteer for 17 years at the Munson Senior Citizens Center in Las Cruces.Working with elder writers is a rewarding experience, McIlvoy said. "I learned long ago that the writers who have the most to teach us are writers with many years of life experience."

The volunteer co-coordinator of the Santa Fe writing workshop will be Victoria Frigo, an adjunct instructor of English at the University of New Mexico and University of Phoenix. She has published many articles over the past 30 years and recently co-authored the book, "You Can Help Someone Who's Grieving," published by Penguin.

McIlvoy has edited 14 volumes of the annual anthology, Serape, which includes the work of New Mexico writers over 55. He is the author of four published novels. His most recent novel, "Hyssop," has just been published in paperback by Avon/Bard. At NMSU he has won five teaching awards, including the 1999 Westhafer prize, the university's highest faculty honor.

For more information about the writing class, contact Victoria Frigo at (505) 986-8896.