Writing About People with Disabilities

with Disability Advocate BJ Stasio

Saturday, May 1, 2:00-4:00 pm


Too often in the media we consume - television, film, and fiction (including romance) - people with disabilities are rarely visable. If they are included, they may be presented in stereotyped and offensive ways. BJ Stasio works as an advocate for people with disabilities. In his free time, he is also an activist. In his presentation, he will address some of the problematic ways individuals with disabilities are portrayed in popular media. He'll also encourage us to become better writers by showing us ways to create fully developed characters and avoid stereotypes.

Schedule of Events - via ZOOM

10:00 am - 12:00 pm: Writing Critique (members Only)

12:15 - 1:00 pm: Lunch Social Hour (members Only)

1:00 - 2:00 pm: Business Meeting (members only)

2:00 - 4:00 pm: Workshop (open to the public)

4:00 - 5:00 pm: Optional Social Hour (open to the public)

Writing Workshop: Open to the Public

Upcoming Programs

Saturday, June 5, 12:00 - 4:00 pm

Growth Hacking a Best Seller with Liz Peltier

Growth what? Growth hacking is one of the hottest buzzwords in marketing today, responsible for start-up viral sensations like Dropbox, Instagram, Facebook, and the oringinal Hotmail. Few people realize that to guarantee success, the principles of growth hacking must be implemented long before a product is released. But how can an author apply these techniques when writing/self-editing/marketing their novel to better ensure a hit? Join publisher and editor Liz Peltier as she demonstrates a new and innovative way to develop, write, edit, and market a book with the greatest change of making your next release a best seller. NOTE: This is an advanced workshop but new writers will also find it useful.

Saturday, July 10, 2:00 - 4:00 pm

One Page Workshop (tentative)

On July 1, the Career Development Committee (CDC) will send a story premise via email. The goal is to write one page (250 words) and then share our stories via Zoom.

Saturday, August 14, 2:00 - 4:00 pm

Writing Prompts (tentative)

On August 1, the Career Development Committee (CDC) will send out writing promts via email. The goal is to respond to the promts to keep our writing muscules limber during the summer. We'll get together via Zoom to share our pages.

Saturday, September 11, 2:00 - 4:00 pm

Theme: Writing the "Bigger Story" with Jeannie Lin

What makes a good story great? Bestselling author Jeannie Lin discusses using them to enhance your story for deeper impact.

Saturday, October 2, 2:00 - 4:00 pm


Our Career Development Committee (CDC) is still in the planning stages for this event. Stay tuned!

Saturday, November 6, 11:00 am - 5:00 pm


Our third annual day-long writing event where we pursue writing goals while we connect with and support fellow writers.

Saturday, December 12, 2:00 - 4:00 pm

Writing Prompts (tentative)

This is our members-only year-end celebration of our writing accomplishments. Gather with your Class House at the School of Writing Wizardry for a fun afternoon!

Meeting Locations

Due to COVID-19 restrictions, all critiques, meetings, and presentations are held virtually until further notice. Please contact the chapter to learn how to attend our virtual programs.

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