Writing For/With/About Disabilities – A Panel Discussion

Whether we face our own challenges, are writing about the challenges, or have characters in our fiction dealing with the challenges, how can we communicate triumph over adversity? Hear from people who have tackled this subject, on a personal and objective level, both as writers who face challenges and as writers who write about these issues, or contain these issues within their writing. See how they overcame their writing obstacles, the personal journey upward, and learn how they made it all work with a secure business model that made financial sense. Don’t miss this outstanding panel whose stories may provide insight into your own writing.

The panel:

Elaine Hall – profiled in the Emmy Award HBO documentary, “AUTISM: The Musical.” She has appeared on CNN, CBS News, Oprah Radio and was featured in The LA Times, New York Times and Wall Street Journal. She spoke at the United Nations and is a regular Huffington Post blogger. Her recent book, “Now I See the Moon: a mother, a son, a miracle,“ is receiving critical acclaim.

Keith Adams  – experienced a manic crisis of heroic proportions. The upside was the sudden acquisition of great material for a memoir, “Broken Whole: a California Tale of Craziness, Creativity and Chaos” (Chipmunka Publishing, 2010), which Keith began writing shortly after he was diagnosed with bipolar disorder. Adams is an IWOSC member.

Libby Slate – full-time freelance journalist and longtime IWOSC member, has written a number of articles about people with disabilities, for the Los Angeles Times, the Television Academy’s Emmy Magazine and Performances Magazine.

Sarah Reinertsen – an athlete, motivational speaker, mentor and author. In 2009, GPP Life published her book, titled “In A Single Bound.” Sarah is the first woman on a prosthetic leg to finish the Ironman World Championships in Hawaii. Sarah raced around the world on “The Amazing Race,” the CBS reality TV series.

COST: Free for IWOSC members, $15 for non-members. Reservations are required.

Deadline noon, Monday, day of the event. Call (877) 799-7483 or e-mail [email protected]. NOTE: If you reserve and cannot attend, please notify the IWOSC office at [email protected].

DATE: Monday, November 22 TIME: 7:30 p.m. SHARP to 9:00 p.m.

LOCATION: Veterans Memorial Building, 4117 Overland Avenue, Culver City

(corner Culver Blvd. – free parking; entrance on Culver) Wear layered clothing. The room is usually comfortable, but the temperature can vary.

IWOSC, the Independent Writers of Southern California, is a nonprofit association that has provided support, tools, and resources to help self-employed professional writers in Southern California since 1982. See www.iwosc.org

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