A Symposium

About the Project

  • Autism is often poorly understood, and thus, can be negatively and stereotypically portrayed in literature.

  • Autistic people have their own stories to tell and they can, and should, tell them. 

  • If you're neurotypical, writing autistic characters credibly (e.g. with nuance) takes education.

That's why we're holding three concurrent creative writing workshops (by and for autistic writers, parents of autistic children, and writers who want to create credible neurodivergent characters).

Afterwards, we'll hold a panel discussion of both autistic and neurotypicial writers (featuring Hannah Grieco, Jen Malia, Eric Garcia and New York Times bestselling author Carolyn Parkhurst) assessing the way the literary community gets it right, and where it needs to do better.

Finally, of course, there will be food and drink.

All events will be free and open to the public; we need your financial support to create these custom workshops, and bring these experts to you!

The first $1,200 in donations will be matched by Maryland Humanities

The Symposium will take place at The Writer’s Center (4508 Walsh Street, Bethesda, MD 20815) on Saturday, June 8.

  • The creative writing workshops will run from 1:30 to 3:00.
  • The panel discussion will run from 3:15 to 4:15. Reception to follow.
  • Seats are limited, and you must be registered to attend

To sign up for the workshops and/or the panel discussion, go to Writer.org and click on "Events."

$814.72 of $3,000 goal ⋅ 17 days to go
  • Donate $10 or more

    We'll thank you on our event page/social media. Twice.
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  • Donate $25 or more

    We'll thank you in our written event program and on our event page/social media.
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  • Donate $100 or more

    We'll thank you in our written event program IN A BIGGER FONT, although not all caps, and on our event page/social media.
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  • Donate $500 or more

    Donate at this level and we'll give you all the above benefits, PLUS we'll save you four front-row seats for what promises to be a riveting discussion
    Amount is fully tax-deductible
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