If there's a novel inside of you that you've wanted to write your whole life, then don't put it off any longer. Once you reach retirement age, it really is now or never. A literary retirement means that you finally have the time to immerse yourself in the books you love. Not only can you read, you can write a book, you can discuss books with those around you. You can meets lots of established authors. To do that you have to be in a community that has a literary tradition.
Oxford, Mississippi is certainly that place. Writers and readers flock there to pay homage to William Faulkner, but the literary inspiration is not just in the past. Square Books leads the literary scene today. Publishers Weekly recently crowned it Bookstore of the Year. John Grisham thinks of it as his local bookstore. They have over 150 events a year.
You can hobnob with other writers and publishers at one of the many writers conferences held in Oxford. The University of Mississippi hosts the Faulkner & Yoknapatawpha Conference every July. If you're a playwright, you can enter the 10 Minute Play Contest.