You Belong At Our Table

Spectrum Writing provides supportive, creative connections for neurodivergent people. 

 

Our two streams are:

SPECTRUM-CREATIVE & SPECTRUM TABLE-TOP CONNECT

 

 

 

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About Us

Do you have a head full of story ideas and don’t know what to do next? Are you looking for a gaming group where you can be your true self? Do you want to become a master at painting miniature figurines for your adventures? Here at Spectrum Writing, we believe that you belong at our table, and invite you to take your seat with us today.

Our services are suitable for people aged 12+

Spectrum Writing is based in Adelaide, South Australia and offers the following peer groups:

Spectrum Creative:

Creative Writing Workshops

1:1 Writing Mentorships

Miniature Painting

Spectrum Tabletop Connect:

Dungeons & Dragons

Monster of the Week

Tabletop Wargames

Services & Groups

Spectrum Creative:

Workshops- Creative Writing

The Spectrum Writing Workshop stream is designed to teach students a variety of skills, from characters and conflict through to story submissions.

Workshops are fun and hands on, with low numbers in a calm, welcoming environment. Our focus is on self-improvement and actively working towards career/publishing opportunities.

Available at:

ADELAIDE CITY GROUP

ADELAIDE NORTH GROUP

ADELAIDE SOUTH GROUP

ONLINE GROUP

Mentorships- 1:1 with a Professional Author

We have a number of experienced writing mentors, who collectively have guided several writers from the beginning of their craft to eventual publication and even literary awards.

We specialise in working with writers who have various intellectual disabilities or challenges (such as ASD spectrum and acquired brain injury), and have designed a program to help them achieve their writing goals.

These mentorships are self-paced and catered to each individual’s needs.

Miniature Painting

Learn to paint miniatures like a pro! Join Andrew from Savage Omens as he teaches you the following painting techniques:

  • Brush choice and care
  • Complementary colours
  • Layering
  • Washes
  • Dry brushing
  • Edge highlighting
  • Weathering
  • Skin
  • Eyes
  • Metallics

All materials are provided for you,  just turn up! You will get to keep all of the miniatures you paint.

Enjoy the many benefits of this hobby, including stress relief, focus, and the friendly conversation. Trust us when we say that hours spent on the brushes fly by!

Available at:

ADELAIDE SOUTH GROUP

Spectrum Tabletop Connect:

Dungeons and Dragons
Social Groups

An autism friendly roleplaying social group where players old and new can experience the dice-rolling fun in a relaxed, non-pressure setting.

We go above and beyond in our ongoing games, and some of our groups have been together for 4+ years and multiple campaigns. Our facilitators are experienced and well-resourced Dungeon Masters with a true passion for the hobby and for inclusive gaming.

You’ll learn to collaborate, gain confidence and social skills, but most of all you’ll have adventure and loads of laughs.

Available at:

ADELAIDE CITY GROUP

ADELAIDE NORTH GROUP

ADELAIDE SOUTH GROUP

Tabletop Wargames

Join Andrew from Savage Omens in an all-combat tabletop gaming group, where furious battles rage across exciting arenas, with squad versus squad battles, furious gunfights with swarms of the undead and more!

An inclusive social setting to nerd out and have fun. 

The initial games are Warhammer: Kill Teams and Zombicide, with more options coming soon.

Available at:

ADELAIDE SOUTH GROUP

Monster of the Week

Most people don’t believe in monsters, but you know the truth. They’re real, and it’s your task to bring them down.

Welcome to Monster of the Week, the RPG game where you take on the role of a Hunter, using everything at your disposal to bring down this week’s big bad.
This is an online game conducted via audio and theatre of the mind. All you need are 2 six sided dice and your imagination to play. 

Available at:

ONLINE GROUP

 

Venue Information:

ADELAIDE SOUTH GROUP (& HQ):

Marisa Building

3/370 Main South Road

Morphett Vale SA 5162

ADELAIDE CITY GROUP:

Unley Community Centre

18 Arthur Street,

Unley SA 5061

ADELAIDE NORTH GROUP:

Para Hills Community Hub

22 Wilkinson Road,

Para HIlls SA 5096

ONLINE GROUP:

Writing Workshops and a Monster of the Week Social Group are also being run in our Online Group – ideal for people in remote locations or who prefer to participate from home.

Sessions delivered via Skype, Discord and Zoom.

Book early to avoid disappointment!

We run small classes to help our participants get the most out of our sessions. If required, we can add you to a waiting list for future sessions. 

The Team

Jason Fischer

CEO/Founder

Jason is a writer, mentor and workshop facilitator from Adelaide, South Australia.

He holds an Advanced Diploma of Arts (Professional Writing), is a recipient of the Colin Thiele Literature Scholarship, and has won various literary awards including an Aurealis Award and the Writers of the Future Contest. In Jason’s jack-of-all-trades writing career he has worked on comics, apps, television, short stories, novellas and novels. Jason also facilitates writing workshops, is an enthusiastic mentor, and loves anything to do with the written or spoken word.

Jason is on the Autism Spectrum, to which he credits a lot of his success. He also has a passion for godawful puns, and is known to sing karaoke until the small hours.

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Kate

Co-Founder/Business Manager

Kate Fischer is from Adelaide, South Australia. She’s married to Jason, and a busy mum of two.

She holds a Diploma of Community Services (Children’s Services) and Certificate 4 of Medical Practice Assisting.

Her background is in Early Childhood Education and Medical Administration and Management. She has extensive experience with Autism Spectrum Disorder, both professionally and personally. She has worked for the Department of Education in the Inclusive Preschool Program and both her husband and son have ASD. 

She is a gun when it comes to navigating the NDIS (National Disability Insurance Scheme) as a mum and also as a previous NDIS Coordinator at a local Paediatric Clinic. She enjoys gardening and watching her favourite Netflix and Stan shows when her children are finally asleep!

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Lauren

Session Assistant

Lauren is an Adelaide based romance writer with a BA in English and creative writing, and an MA in editing and publishing. She has always had a connection with reading and writing, particularity of the fantasy and paranormal kind, and loves any opportunity to work with like-minded, creative people. 

She has two short stories published in anthologies, and currently has over five unpublished manuscripts readying for publication. 

Lauren also holds a Certificate III in youth work and a Diploma in Community Services Coordination with a focus in youth work, and has experience assisting with and running art therapy groups for youth, as well as working with FLO students.

When she’s not reading or writing, Lauren can be found binge watching Netflix and horror movies, getting lost down a rabbit hole of ghost investigations on YouTube, playing video games and D&D (badly), or harassing her senior cat with her husband.

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Josh

Session Facilitator/Dungeon Master/Mentor

Josh is a comedy writer, improv artist, actor and voice actor, and is also an experienced Dungeon Master and role-playing games player. Outside of D&D he has written multiple sellout comedy shows, and performed in Fringe festivals all over the world since 2007. He has also been involved in award winning short films, and was even on set for the Mortal Kombat film here in SA. 

Alan Baxter

Mentor

Alan Baxter is a British-Australian multi-award-winning author of horror, supernatural thrillers, and dark fantasy. He’s also a martial arts expert and dog lover. He creates dark, weird stories among dairy paddocks on the beautiful south coast of NSW, Australia, where he lives with his wife, son, hound and other creatures. The author of more than twenty books including novels, novellas, and two short story collections, so far, you can find him online at www.warriorscribe.com or find him on Twitter @AlanBaxter and Facebook.

Narrelle Harris

Mentor

Narrelle has been a professional writer for over twenty years, working with business, government and organisations as well as writing and editing fiction. Narrelle taught English as a Foreign Language in Egypt and Poland for several years. before returning to Australia in the 1990s. She also delivers talks and workshops for libraries and writing festivals.

As “Narrelle M Harris”, Narrelle writes crime, horror, fantasy, romance and, occasionally, science fiction. Her 30+ novels and short stories have been published in Australia, Croatia, US and the UK.

Laura Goodin

Mentor/Session Facilitator

Laura E. Goodin has been writing professionally for nearly 40 years.  She attended the 2007 Clarion South workshop, and holds a PhD in creative writing from the University of Western Australia.  Her novels After the Bloodwood Staff and Mud and Glass are available from Odyssey Books (http://www.odysseybooks.com.au).  Her stories have appeared in numerous print and online publications; her plays and libretti have been performed on three continents; and her poetry has been performed internationally, both as spoken word and as texts for new musical compositions.  She has taught creative writing at Deakin University, and delivers workshops internationally and online to writers of all ages, from primary-school students to postgraduate students and community-based writers. She serves as one of the editors-in-chief for Fafnir – The Nordic Journal of Science Fiction and Fantasy Research, and as an editorial advisor of the journal Science Fiction: A Review of Speculative Literature.

Andrew

Session Facilitator/Painter/Dungeon Master

Andrew is a self described miniature and 3D printing addict; obsessed with monsters, beasts and nightmarish creatures all his life. He has been wargaming, role-playing and collecting and painting miniatures since he was very young.

Studying visual arts and film at university Andrew worked as a studio photographer for 15 years, 5 of those running his own studio in the Adelaide CBD.

The last 5 years he has stopped working full time to be a stay at home dad to his three kids with additional needs and to support his young daughter who is blind, autistic, mobility impaired and chronically ill.

His experiences with his own special needs children has given him great insight, sensitivity and understanding of others with similar and complex needs. Andrew has great joy in combining his creative passion with his rich life experiences to provide a safe and inclusive teaching environment for others to learn a life long and enriching hobby.

Jo Spurrier

Mentor

Jo Spurrier was born in 1980 and has a Bachelor of Science, but turned to writing when chronic illness made a conventional career impossible; and let’s face it, making things up is more fun anyway. She lives in Adelaide with her husband, two sons and a formerly-feral cat.

Jo’s novels Winter Be My Shield and A Curse of Ash and Embers were both shortlisted for the Aurealis Award for Best Fantasy Novel, and Daughter of Lies and Ruin won the Stella Young Award from Dark Matter Zine for representation of disability in Fantasy.

Emma-Kate Earle

Session Assistant/Session Facilitator/Mentor

Emma-Kate holds a BA in History from the University of Adelaide, with a minor in English. Her degree has been useful in a lot of weird ways—mostly for her fiction writing. She’s been featured in several
anthologies, and is plodding away at several novels. She’s jumped around jobs, from being a librarian, to an SSO working with children with additional needs. Emma-Kate herself has several diagnoses, and endeavours to extend empathy to all.

Just like in real life, she prefers playing chaotic gremlins in TTRPG and upsetting her DM friends. When she isn’t writing or playing TT, she enjoys sewing, cosplaying, and video games—and most
importantly of all, her extensive Titanic collection/obsession!

Liam

Session Facilitator/Dungeon Master

Liam Thorpe is an Adelaide-based writer, creator, and artist, who spends his days working  in marketing and the rest of the time working his imagination. A true renaissance man, he has turned his hand at writing, painting, sculpting, casting, and woodworking. Anything to scratch that creative itch. He has several pieces of speculative flash fiction published online, and is currently developing a comedy TV show with his writing partner Jason Fischer.

Lilibel/Lili

Writer/Monster Artisan/Dungeon Master

Lili is a multifaceted talent with a background in animal technology and a passion for dark fantasy and tabletop role-playing. As an experienced Dungeon Master, Lili crafts immersive worlds where the mysteries of biology entwine with the eldritch horrors of the cosmos.

Skilled in creating homebrew monsters, Lili draws inspiration from the Great Old Ones and Outer Gods, blending scientific accuracy with chilling mystique.

Off the clock, Lili delves into horror literature and stays current with biological discoveries.

Stefanie Dawn

Mentor

Stefanie Dawn writes paranormal and steamy romances, as well as dark and urban fantasy, and strives to give her readers stories they can escape into as they become absorbed in the worlds created and fall in love with the characters.
When she isn’t writing, Stefanie might be painting, reading, or watching movies. She loves the process of producing films as another form of storytelling and is particularly fond of horror. There is also a good chance she will be baking some delicious treats—pretending she won’t later regret consuming them.
Peter Ball

Mentor

Peter M. Ball is an author, publisher, and RPG gamer whose love of speculative fiction emerged after exposure to The HobbitStar Wars, David Lynch’s Dune, and far too many games of Dungeons and Dragons before the age of 7. He’s spent the bulk of his life working as a creative writing tutor, with brief stints as a performance poet, gaming convention organiser, online content developer, non-profit arts manager, and d20 RPG publisher.

Peter’s three biggest passions are fiction, gaming, and honing the way aspiring writers think about the business and craft of writing, which led to a five-year period working for Queensland Writers Centre as manager of the Australian Writers Marketplace and convenor of the GenreCon writing conference. He is now pursuing a PhD in Writing at the University of Queensland, exploring the poetics of series fiction and their response to emerging publishing technologies.

He’s the author of the Miriam Aster series and the Keith Murphy Urban Fantasy Thrillers, three short story collections, and more stories, articles, poems, and RPG material than he’d care to count. He’s the brain-in-charge at Brain Jar Press, publishes his own work via the Eclectic Projects publishing imprint, and resides in Brisbane, Australia, with his spouse and a very affectionate cat.

Gabe

Session Assistant

Gabe Bath is currently in his final year of a Bachelor of Creative Arts (Screen) at Flinders University. He is Autistic and was in the first Spectrum Writing group. He enjoys watching and making films with his friends and has a keen interest in the works of Thomas Pynchon, Steely Dan and David Berman. 

 

Adam Cece

Mentor

Adam Cece is an award-winning best-selling author of children’s books, including Wesley Booth Super Sleuth, Twin Spin and the hilarious Huggabie Falls series, which has been published worldwide. He is passionate about inspiring people, young and old, to read and write. He is an SA Premier’s Reading Challenge Ambassador, mentor, workshop facilitator and manuscript assessor, and visits schools and libraries around Australia delivering fun, interactive talks focused on being an author, the craft of writing, getting published, solving mysteries, and how to write a cracking shopping list.

You can follow Adam on Twitter and Instagram @ceceadam on Facebook @adamceceauthor or find him online at www.adamcece.com.

Tony Shillitoe

Mentor

Although always writing creatively throughout his life, Tony’s professional writing career was launched with the Andrakis fantasy trilogy: Guardians, Kingmaker and Dragonlords (Pan Macmillan. Tony has since published two more fantasy series – The Ashuak Chronicles trilogy and the Dreaming in Amber quartet (HarperCollins Voyager) – and also wrote and published young adult novels; Joy Ride (Wakefield Press), Caught in the Headlights (HarperCollins) and The Need (Amazon Kindle). He has several short stories in a variety of anthologies and magazines, and he has self-published two anthologies – Tales of the Dragon and The Red Heart (Amazon Kindle).

Tony’s fantasy novels, The Last Wizard and Blood (Ashuak Chronicles), were shortlisted for the Aurealis Best Fantasy Novel awards in 1995 and 2002 respectively. Caught in the Headlights was listed as a Notable Book for Older Readers in the 2003 Children’s Book Council Awards and appeared on several Premier’s Reading Lists.

Tony has an extensive education career across State, Private and International schools and organisations. He also wrote and delivered courses in the Adelaide TAFE Professional Writing courses from 1995-2000, which included mentoring writers, and has been a casual lecturer and tutor at Flinders University on occasion. He was an actor with Axis Theatre company for eight years, a regular guest on ABC’s Matt and Dave mornings and Peter Goers evening shows, and remains a keen sportsperson. 

 

Pete Monaghan

Mentor

Pete Monaghan is a South Australian writer and comedian. His feature film Silver Nomads, written with Ruth Estelle, is being produced by Brouhaha Entertainment, and his family feature Best Christmas, Ever! is out to market. Pete’s co-written television series Response Time, The Balmain Bookclub, Otherkin, and Honey Gum Creek are being pitched to market by local and interstate production companies. Word Ninjas’ musical dramedy Sharehouse is in early development. He has worked as a script editor on many produced TV films, series, and web series. Pete works with clients to hone their stories, comedy, and pitches.

Anthony Castle

Mentor

Anthony Castle is an author and journalist living on Kaurna land, Adelaide. He has been a professional writer for 15 years.

He holds a Graduate Diploma in Professional Writing and a Diploma in Youth Work. He has written multiple comics for different artists, spoken about the medium across the country, and facilitated comic writing workshops at festivals and in schools. He also has experience writing for indie films and project-managing picture books.

Anthony has worked with neurodivergent young people as a disability support officer and a mentor. He is diagnosed on the autism spectrum, and has advocated for the needs of the autistic community at a national level.

Anthony has written for such outlets as The Guardian Australia, ABC, Meanjin, and The Adelaide Advertiser. By day, he works as a mild-mannered journalist for a not-for-profit. By night, he is typically found trying, and failing, to get his children to sleep.  

Testimonials

Who would have thought miniature painting could do so much! Andrew is wonderful and patient with everyone and has a way to explain and teach painting techniques that my son understands. Jason helps explain the characters and keeps the conversations flowing. I can’t forget the skills my son learns such as increase in fine motor skills, attention, regulation and social skills. My son and I have been able to do this together and allow me to become apart in some way to his passion for D&D. Thank you Jason and Andrew both my son and I look forward to the session and learning more about all the techniques to paint beautiful miniatures.

Spectrum Writing participant

Many thanks again for such a wonderful program. It has been life changing for (participant).

Spectrum Writing participant

Jason took his role as a mentor seriously and was proactive in letting me know about opportunities and giving me valuable insight into the publishing landscape. Most importantly, Jason was a source of support and encouragement, using his humour and warmth to keep me going when at times I felt like quitting.

Stacey Larner

Short story author with publications in Apex, Aurealis, the Australian Poetry Journal, and the Year’s Best YA Speculative Fiction 2014

Jason delivered an energetic and multifaceted workshop to our year 11 students. He mixed anecdotes from his life as a writer with useful writing games and tasks. Students were engaged and inspired by the session which supported their learning in English.

Catherine Carter

Brighton Secondary School

Fun and interactive. We need this type of workshop more often!

Writers SA Workshop participant

Thank you so much for all that you do. You have no idea the positive impact your groups have made on (participant’s) life. I’m really grateful. Thank you. 

Spectrum Writing Parent

While the mentor program was meant to be for a set amount of time, or quantity of work, Jason went above and beyond. We had a discussion about my goals, and he identified my strengths and weaknesses. As well as critiquing the initial stories I submitted, Jason made a point of introducing me to editors and other writers who he felt might be able to assist me in achieving some of my goals.

David McDonald

Author of Captain America: Sub Rosa

NDIS

We accept NDIS Self-Managed and NDIS Plan-Managed participants.

We are NOT a registered NDIS Provider and can’t accept NDIA Managed participants.

Self-managed participants- are responsible for payment of invoices. You can claim back these funds from NDIA direct.

Plan-managed participants – a third party provider is responsible for claiming from your NDIS funding. If you elect this option, you are responsible for sourcing a Plan Management Agency. Spectrum Writing will then forward invoices on to this agency for payment of invoices.

 

DCSI Clearances

All Spectrum Writing staff hold a Working with Children Check. These documents may be viewed upon request.

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Phone:  0407 520 503 

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