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4/9 #CripLit Chat: Disability & YA/KidLit

#CripLit Twitter Chat

Disability & Young Adult/KidLit

Sunday, April 9, 2017

4 pm Pacific/ 7 pm Eastern

You are invited to the seventh #CripLit chat co-hosted by novelist Nicola Griffith and Alice Wong of the Disability Visibility Project™. For this Twitter chat we are delighted to have guest hosts from Disability in Kidlit: Kayla Whaley, Senior Editor, and Natasha Razi, Editor.

We are huge fans of Disability in Kidlit, a group run by disabled editors featuring work by disabled contributors. From their website:

Disability in Kidlit is dedicated to discussing the portrayal of disability in middle grade and young adult literature. We publish articles, reviews, interviews, and discussions examining this topic from various angles—and always from the disabled perspective.

We believe that a thoughtful portrayal of disability requires more than memorizing a list of symptoms; we hope that sharing disabled people’s thoughts on stereotypes, pet peeves, particular portrayals, and their own day-to-day experiences will help our readers learn about the realities of disability, which are often different from what we see in popular media.

If you love fiction for young adults and children, this is the chat for you, especially if you are a disabled writer who specializes in YA/KidLit!

Additional Links


The Present and Future of Disability in YA Books. Kayla Whaley (December 12, 2016,

Disability in Kidlit. (July 11, 2014). Discussion: If We Could Tell an Author One Thing …

Disability in Kidlit’s bookshelf (list of 685 books). Goodreads.

Why Representation In YA Matters – A Guest Post by Elsa Henry. Elsa S. Henry (February 6, 2017,

Reading While Disabled: Kid/YA Lit Faves (Part 1). Alice Wong (January 23, 2017

Reading While Disabled: Kid/YA Lit Faves (Part 2). Alice Wong (January 30, 2017,

Disability in Kidlit’s Honor Roll.

How to Participate


Follow @DisVisibility @nicolaz @PunkinOnWheels @swingingstorm @DisabilityInLit on Twitter for updates

When it’s time, search #CripLit on Twitter for the series of live tweets under the ‘Latest’ tab for the full conversation.

If you might be overwhelmed by the volume of tweets and only want to see the chat’s questions so you can respond to them, check @DisVisibility’s account. Each question will tweeted 5-6 minutes apart.

Check out this explanation of how to participate in a twitter chat by Ruti Regan:

Check out this captioned #ASL explanation of how to participate in a chat by @behearddc

Introductory Tweets and Questions for 4/9 Chat


Welcome to the #CripLit chat on Young Adult/Kid Lit. This chat is co-hosted by @nicolaz & @disvisibility

We also have guest hosts @PunkinOnWheels @swingingstorm from @DisabilityInLit joining us today.

Please remember to use the #CripLit hashtag when you tweet.

If you respond to a question such as Q1, your tweet should follow this format: “A1 [your message] #CripLit”

Q1 Roll call! Please introduce yourself and share any links to your work or anything about yourself.

Q2 If you are a writer, what draws you to writing fiction for young adults and children? Why is this category so dynamic? #CripLit

Q3 What are some major misconceptions of YA/KidLit writers and fiction? Are there any boundaries or limitations when writing YA/KidLit?

Q4 What are some great disabled characters or storylines in YA/KidLit? What are some problematic ones? #CripLit

Q5 Who are some disabled writers currently killing it in YA/KidLit? Who should we know about and support? #CripLit

Q6 Is there a particular affinity between YA/KidLit & CripLit and, if so, what? What can YA/KidLit do for #CripLit that other genres can’t?

Q7 What kinds of intersectional disabled characters do you want to see in YA/KidLit? What’s missing? #CripLit

.@DisabilityInLit Senior Editor & Co-founder @corinneduyvis created the hashtag #OwnVoices: #CripLit

In a nutshell, #OwnVoices is about diverse characters written by writers from the same diverse group. #CripLit

Q8 What are your thoughts about #OwnVoices as a concept? Do you think the publishing industry understands the value of it? #CripLit

Q9 What is the role of sensitivity readers, especially disabled readers, in providing feedback to non-disabled writers? #CripLit

Q10 What do you want to see in the future for disabled writers & disabled stories in YA/Kidlit? What needs to change? #CripLit

Thank you for joining our #CripLit chat. Please continue the conversation! Many thanks to guest hosts @PunkinOnWheels @swingingstorm!!

A Storify will be up tomorrow. Check the #CripLit hashtag. Feel free to contact @DisVisibility @nicolaz with any ideas/feedback 😀


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