F252. Creativity and Chronic Illness: Accessibility, Privacy, and Productivity

Room 007A, Henry B. González Convention Center, River Level
Friday, March 6, 2020
3:20 pm to 4:35 pm


As writers, we search to fill our calendars with readings, workshops, and residencies that support our work. Writers with a chronic condition also weigh the costs of attendance against health costs if the event is not accessible. We will address the following: How can event organizers make their events accessible? What privacy concerns should the writer discuss with event staff? How can writers with chronic conditions set boundaries around their own productivity at events?

Outline & Supplemental Documents

Event Outline: Chronic_Upload_Aug_29.pdf



P.D. Keenen is a writer and empathy activist. They write memoir and poetry. As an organizer, they once spent a summer managing over four hundred events while making time to write. Their work focuses on our shared humanity, points of cognitive dissonance, and advocating for the less visible.

Whitney Rio-Ross is a poet and essayist. She teaches English as an adjunct at Trevecca Nazarene University and holds a master's in religion and literature from Yale Divinity School.

Rachel Kurasz was a fall 2017 mentee in the AWP Writer to Writer Program under mentorship of Laura Creedle. Rachel is currently a PhD student at Northern Illinois University studying work by neurodiverse and disabled authors. Rachel earned her MFA from Roosevelt University.

Elyse Durham, a graduate of Kalamazoo College, is a fiction writer, essayist, and science journalist. She is a 2019 Glen Arbor Artist in Residence and a current MFA student in fiction at Warren Wilson College.

Bethel Swift is the author of Conversations with Good Men. Her work has appeared online, in print, and in local art exhibits. She serves on the SDMWA Board of Directors and co-teaches writing and movement workshops. Bethel's blog focuses on the topics of artivism, gratitude, and self-care.


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