VIRTUAL: The Anti-Ableist Writing Workshop

Wednesday, February 7, 2024
9:00 am to 10:00 am


Many writing beliefs are ableist in nature, geared toward the neurotypical. Too often, writers who are neurodivergent, disabled, or suffer from chronic illnesses are marginalized. While this applies to all writing spaces, this panel will focus on the writing classroom. Our experienced panelists will share their own struggles with navigating the workshop as well as offering lesson plans, writing prompts, and/or teaching tips geared toward creating more inclusive writing workshops/classrooms.

This virtual event was prerecorded. It will be available to watch on-demand online starting on Wednesday, February 7, 2024 through Thursday, March 7, 2024.

Outline & Supplemental Documents

Event Outline: EVENT_OUTLINE.pdf



Christie Collins (PhD, Cardiff University) teaches creative writing and literature at Mississippi State University. Her collection of poems titled The Art of Coming Undone is due out winter 2023 from the London-based publisher, The Black Springs Group.

Tyler Darnell is a writer and teacher in Houston, Texas. His work centers on disability, sexuality, and the way these experiences form and shape story.

Julia Rose Lewis earned her doctorate in creative and critical writing from Cardiff University, Cardiff, Wales. She taught creative writing at Kingston University London and Cardiff University. She is currently teaching at Indiana University Northwest. She is the author of six poetry collections.

Said Shaiye is an Autistic & ADHD Somali writer and photographer. His debut book, Are You Borg Now?, was a 2022 Minnesota Book Award Finalist in Memoir. He has published work in Indiana Review, Texas Review, Obsidian, and elsewhere. He holds an MFA and teaches college writing in the the twin cities.


February 7–10, 2024
Kansas City, Missouri

Kansas City Convention Center