Caring for a child with a diagnosis, disability or “difference” can be rewarding: sometimes we find strength we didn’t know we had; sometimes we find our purpose, hidden truths, treasures.  Other times we find ourselves alone, overwhelmed and frustrated. Often we feel all of this at once: up is down, left is right is wrong, and the only thing we’re sure of is that we love our kids to the moon and back—even when we’re so tired we forget to say so.

Of all the tools in the special needs’ parents toolbox, writing can be one of the most powerful. Words can help us sort through our feelings. They can help us focus and heal. Through writing, we can be better advocates for our children—and for ourselves.

Their Stories / Our Stories is a creative writing workshop open to parents, grandparents, guardians, and anyone who shares their life with a special needs child, of any age.  Through writing prompts, creative exercises and discussion we will create a safe, judgment-free zone in which to give voice to our challenges and triumphs, and give ourselves, as  caregivers, permission to tell the stories that we have nurtured within.


About the Writer

Shannon Connor Winward

Shannon Connor Winward

Shannon Connor Winward is a special needs’ parent advocate and an award-winning writer of poetry, fiction, and non-fiction. Her work has appeared in Literary Mama, Lunch Ticket, The Pedestal Magazine, The Monarch Review, Qu, Thank You For Swallowing, Analog, The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction, and elsewhere. In between writing, parenting, and other madness, Shannon is also a poetry editor for Devilfish Review and founding editor of Riddled with Arrows, an online journal dedicated to metafiction, ars poetica, and writing that celebrates the process and product of writing as art.


Saturday, September 29, 2018, 1:30-3:30

Kirkwood Library
6000 Kirkwood Highway
Wilmington, DE  19808
Phone: (302) 995-7663

Written by Tery Griffin