Se hinton was only 15 years old when she wrote the short story that would later evolve into the outsiders by high school graduation she had a publishing contract by high school graduation she had a publishing contract. You were a sixteen year old high school student in oklahoma when you wrote the outsiders where did you get the idea for the story i was actually fifteen when i first began it. Its hard to believe but the outsiders the teen tale of greasers and socs that francis ford coppola made into a memorable 1983 movie turns 50 this yearwe caught up with author se hinton . Fifty year ago se hintons classic the outsiders hit bookshelves for the first time today it still continues to inspire readers in this article writers digest pulled 9 writing tips from a 2000 interview with the author. I had the immense pleasure of meeting se hinton in tulsa last month and not only did i discover that she is a faithful lurker around these parts she very graciously agreed to an interview her debut novel the outsiders which she wrote when she was sixteen revolutionized the childrens book
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