Writing Disability

This workshop will help you express your experiences with learning and physical disabilities in different mediums. People with disabilities have unique thoughts and feelings that come from their experience.

This class will serve as a creative, emotional, and mental outlet for writers who disabilities who want to  don’t know how to express the unique thoughts and feelings that come from the experience of being disabled. 

We will discuss what events trigger our disabilities, and write about what we have learned from our experiences. We will pay close attention to how the COVID-19 pandemic has impacted our disability, discrimination from others (both by able bodied people and people with disabilities) and we will write about how our disabilities affect our relationships with family, friends, and the world around us. Students will read work by other writers and reflecting on that, they will write about disabilities. This course will help you write about your unique experiences in autobiographical, blog, essay and memoir form. In this course we will read each other’s work and receive constructive criticism from their classmates to improve the shape of our writing.

All levels of writing are welcome. All disabilities are valid. We acknowledge that we are all different.


October 19, 2023 - November 09, 2023


10:00 am - 1:00 pm




Tennessee Reed


Tennessee Reed

Tennessee Reed is the author of seven poetry collections, a memoir and a novel. She has read her work around the continental United States, Alaska, Hawaii, England, the Netherlands, Spain, Germany, Switzerland, Italy, Israel and Japan. Her seventh poetry collection, Califia Burning, was published on November 3, 2020. Her most recent readings include the Whitney Biennial in New York City and Write America. She attended an artist residency at the Atlantic Center for the Arts in New Smyrna Beach, Florida in October of 2021 and at the Dorland Mountain Arts Colony in Temecula, California in November of 2022. She is the chairperson of PEN Oakland and the managing editor of Konch Magazine.