Writing Neurodivergent Characters

Jenna Grinstead

Great presentation by Jenna and Eva. Here is a link to a one-pager with important dos and don’ts. Authentic Neurodivergent Characters. Taught by neurodiverse authors, this workshop looks at what it means to be neurodiverse in a fictional world—the good, the bad, and the stereotypical. Learn strategies for writing the kind of three-dimensional, authentic characters readers crave. Join us on May 18, 2024 at the Upper Arlington Library, 2800 Tremont Rd from 11:00 to Noon in Room B. We will also be broadcasting this on Zoom (RSVP to buckeyecrimewriters@gmail.com for the link).

These authors will highlight examples from published works, comparative writing exercises, and interactive discussion. In addition, they will cover the following topics:

Eva Siedler
  • What neurodiversity is
  • Taking the good with the bad
  • Harmful practices/language to avoid
  • Importance of perspective
  • Conducting research that is both accurate and respectful

Jenna Grinstead is a whimsical Midwesterner with a penchant for magic and a deep desire for a world where the weird and different are embraced and celebrated. 

She is a graduate of The Ohio State University where she studied journalism. She found a way to turn her imagination and creativity into a career in marketing, while writing young adult and middle grade fiction. She often conducts workshops and speaks on writing, world-building, social media, and marketing.

Jenna’s young adult romance manuscripts have won several regional writing awards, including The Maggie, The Stiletto, and The Indiana Golden Opportunity.

When she’s not plotting her next story you can find her devouring novels and mint chocolate chip ice cream.

She is represented by Analieze Cervantes with Rees Literary Agency. You can find Jenna at https://www.jennagrinstead.com/ .

Eva Siedler and her sexy aircraft mechanic husband have built a crazy home in Central Ohio filled with almost as much neurodiversity as love. By day she wrangles two teenage boys with the supernatural ability to misplace anything, her POTS symptoms, and carpools. By night she writes funny, spicy love stories packed with strong, sassy heroines, big-hearted heroes, and tons of wacky small-town shenanigans.

Represented by Jordy Albert of The Booker Albert Literary Agency, Eva’s debut novel, Work It Out, was released in January 2024 by Entangled Publishing, LLC.