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DisWrites: Building a Community of Disabled Writers

September 6, 2022 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

CILT Presents
DisWrites: Building a Community of Disabled Writers

In this four-session virtual interactive workshop, hopeful and emerging disabled writers will be guided by professional disabled writer-mentors Dorothy Ellen Palmer (Fiction) and Melissa Graham (Non-Fiction):

  • to meet other emerging and established disabled writers
  • to workshop fiction and/or nonfiction writing together
  • to share information about the routes to publication, especially for disabled writers
  • to form a supportive disabled writers’ community

When: Tuesday evenings in September 2022
September 6, 13, 20 and 27
Where: Over zoom
Cost: Free
Deadline to register: Thursday Sept 1 at 5pm
To register click here: https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZYuce-hrT0sHtSNaIXRT0Bb8tp0d_JYJlIx

Please let us know about any accommodation needs when you register.  Automatic captions will be turned on. ASL to English interpretation will be available if need is confirmed by registration deadline.

If you need support with registration or need more information, please contact Rebecca
by email rebecca.wood@cilt.ca
or call 416-599-2458 extension 291 TTY: Dial 711 for Bell Relay Service

We are using a broad definition of “Disability” here. We recognize people have different language that they prefer and that ableism, audism and sanism can be experienced no matter how you self-describe.  In this program, we will welcome and honour the language participants use to self-identify.



Dorothy Ellen Palmer, Fiction 
Dorothy Ellen Palmer is a disabled senior writer, mom of two, former English/Drama teacher, improv coach, union activist. Winner of the 2020 Helen Henderson Award for disability journalism, her work regularly appears in literary and disability journals. She is the author of four books: When Fenelon Falls, (Coach House, 2010), longlisted for the ReLit Award; Falling for Myself, (Wolsak and Wynn, 2019), a finalist for the Hamilton Book Award; Wiggins: Son of Sherlock, (MX Publishing, 2021) and Kerfuffle, the tale of an improv troupe making sense and nonsense of Toronto’s 2010 G20 protests, (Renaissance Press, 2022).

Melissa Graham, Non-Fiction
Melissa Graham is a disabled writer, activist, and roommate to two mischievous cats. Melissa is most known for her work as the founder of the Toronto Disability Pride March. Her writing focuses on raising awareness of intersectional issues facing disabled people. She is published in several national magazines and on her personal blog, https://melissagraham.ca

DisWrites Flyer
Image of a lined piece of paper with title at the top “DisWrites: Building a Community of Disabled Writers.” Below is a drawind of a group of people between two potted plants. One person uses crutches, one person uses a wheelchair, one person is holding on to the elbow of another person. Text below says “Every Tuesday in September, 7pm-8:30pm on Zoom. Free program with published disabled writers Dorothy Ellen Palmer and Melissa Graham. Auto captions and ASL interpretation will be provided. Let us know about accommodation needs when you register. For more info contact rebecca.wood@cilt.ca Link to register and more info in the description.” In the bottom left of the image is the CILT logo and the United Way Greater Toronto Logo. In the bottom right of the image is a line drawing of a hand holding a black pencil writing a dotted line across the page.


September 6, 2022
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
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