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Workshop: Editing Skills for Self Advocates — Part 2

April 17, 2023 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Editing Skills for Self-Advocates — From First Draft to Publication
Part 2: Organizing your content

Revising advocacy writing is much more than just grammar and spelling. Crafting an impactful piece from your first draft is less about the mechanics of writing than it is about making difficult ideas relatable, skillfully putting words to your most challenging emotions, and captivating a compassion-fatigued audience. Even with the first draft on paper, it can feel like an overwhelming task. In this ongoing, four-part series Editing Skills for Self-Advocates—From First Draft to Publication, you will learn valuable skills for every step of the revision process.

Part 1: Developing your ideas (January)

Part 2: Organizing your content (April)

Part 3: Developing your writing style (July)

Part 4: Navigating writing rules (October)

The four parts are designed to stand alone so that you can jump into any session.

Who: New and experienced writers are welcome to join Lisa Hislop, professional editor and autistic self-advocate, for Editing Skills for Self-Advocates—From First Draft to Publication Part 2: Organizing your content.

What: In this two-hour workshop, we will work together to arrange the content of one participant’s draft into a compelling order that satisfies the reader and inspires them to share what they’ve read. You will learn:

  • How to support your message using the structure of your piece
  • How to meet the reader at their knowledge level and encourage them to think about new ideas
  • How to organize your content so that the takeaway is clear for the reader.

Where: Online via Zoom

When: April 17, 2023, from 6 – 8 pm (Pacific)

How: The evening will include an interactive presentation, quick-reference resources, and time for questions throughout.



About the Facilitator:

For a time, Lisa was merely an autistic who turned her special interest in short stories into a career as a short-fiction editor. Then one day, she realized that the elements of a compelling short story are suspiciously similar to those required for an impactful self-advocacy piece. Now, she is a double agent, editing fiction by day and helping autistic and disabled self-advocates hone their storytelling craft by night.

Lisa is a late-diagnosed autistic with a spinal cord injury. She is an ambassador for Editors Canada, holds a BA in French literature from UBC, and a Certificate in Editing from SFU. You can find her at




We Acknowledge the financial support from BMO with their donation to be used for safe and inclusive Autistic Programming. AutismBC covers all costs to host and develop this workshop so that it is free for our members to attend. 


April 17, 2023
6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
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