Writing Autistic Characters, for Everyone

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If you’re neurotypical, writing autistic characters credibly (e.g. with nuance) takes education. If you’re autistic, it takes practice. This workshop will introduce ways in which writers can create, with sensitivity and respect, authentic neurodivergent characters.

This workshop is a part of the event Autism through a Literary Lens, a symposium featuring autistic and neurotypical writers leading creative writing workshops and a panel discussion on the portrayal of autism in the written word. Registration is required for each event.

Click here for more information about the symposium »

About Jen Malia

Jen Malia is Associate Professor of English at Norfolk State University.  Her debut children’s picture book, Too Sticky! Sensory Issues with Autism, illustrated by Joanne Lew-Vriethoff, will be published by Albert Whitman in 2020.  Based on her own and her daughter’s experiences living with autism and sensory issues, her book is the story of an autistic girl who has to overcome her fear of sticky hands to participate in her second-grade slime experiment.  She has written autism-related essays for The New York Times, The Washington Post, Catapult, New York Magazine, Woman’s Day, Self, and Glamour, among others.  She lives in Virginia Beach with her husband and three kids.  Find her on Twitter and Instagram at @jenmaliabooks or visit her website at www.JenMalia.com.

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