Not Lazy and Stupid: Atypical Minds Fighting for Space on the Page

Rooms 328-329, Summit Building, Seattle Convention Center, Level 3
Friday, March 10, 2023
10:35 am to 11:50 am


It’s no secret that creative writing spaces are narrowly neurotypical. Attitudes surrounding disorders like dyslexia and ADHD range from insulting to utterly exclusionary. Neurodivergent writers are either romanticized, erased, or both as the writing world has little interest in accommodating what they see as laziness. Our panel of exceptional authors will discuss the hazards and struggles in fighting for accommodation and authentic representation, while carving out a space for our own success.

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Saul Lemerond is a assistant professor of English at Hanover College. He received his PhD in English with an emphasis in Creative Writing–Fiction. He is dyslexic. His book, Digital Voices: Podcasting in the Creative Writing Classroom, has been contracted by Bloomsbury Academic.

Leigh Camacho Rourks is the author of the St. Lawrence Book Award winner, Moon Trees and Other Orphans. She is also the recipient of the Glenna Luschei Prairie Schooner Award and the Robert Watson Literary Review Prize. She is also an assistant professor of English and humanities at Beacon College.

Rebecca Hazelwood is an essayist / memoirist who has been published widely in literary magazines. She currently teaches at the University of Alabama in Huntsville. She holds an MFA in creative writing and a PhD in English / creative writing. She is currently finishing a memoir.

Christie Collins


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