Write Differently: A Workshop for Young Writers on the Autism Spectrum

Instructor: David Griffith
ate: Sunday, July 14
Time:  1–3 p.m.
Location: IWC
Cost: $32 nonmember teens, $28 student members

“Write Differently” is a workshop for writers ages 13-17 on the autism spectrum aimed at developing their poetic and storytelling skills in a supportive environment that is free of judgement and distraction.

 The “Write Differently” workshop is designed for writers of all skill and experience levels. Through collaborative writing prompts in poetry, fiction, nonfiction, and graphic novel, members of this workshop will become more sure of their strengths and receive constructive feedback on how to address their weaknesses.

Special emphasis will be placed on helping students embrace their individual artistic vision and on establishing a writing routine that will help them complete larger book-length projects.

Dave Griffith is the author of A Good War is Hard to Find: The Art of Violence in America, a collection of essays reflecting on how images of violence in film, literature, and in news media shape our collective understanding of violence as a means of solving problems. Widely and favorably reviewed--most notably in The New York Times--Time Out Chicago called it “... a massively forceful piece of criticism.” His essays and reviews have appeared in the Utne Reader, The Normal School, Image, and Creative Nonfiction, and on-line at Killing the Buddha, the Los Angeles Review of Books, and the Paris Review.

Griffith has taught English and Creative Writing as a professor and invited lecturer at colleges and universities across the country, including the University of Pittsburgh, Sweet Briar College, Saint Mary's College, and the University of Notre Dame, among many others. Formerly the Director of Creative Writing at Interlochen Center for the Arts in Michigan, and Director of Creative Writing at the Pennsylvania Governor's School for the Arts, Griffith has twenty years experience working with gifted and differently abled writers. He currently serves as Assistant Advising Professor at the University of Notre Dame and runs "Write Differently" a bi-monthly workshop for young writers on the autism spectrum.

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