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On the Page, We’re All the Same

Spectrum Writing is a service aimed at equipping people on the Autism Spectrum with professional writing skills.

 

 

 

 

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About Us

Do you have a head full of story ideas and don’t know what to do next? We believe that writing is the most powerful form of communication a person with Autism possesses. Spectrum Writing is based in Adelaide, South Australia and offers Autism-specific workshops, mentorships, and a supportive writing group, with an aim to providing publishing opportunities. We also run a fun social group called ASD&D, which is an Autism-specific Dungeons and Dragons game – learn storytelling through play!

We have small class sizes, noise and distraction free venues, and fun engaging lessons. No matter what challenges you face, we can tailor our program to help you succeed. Here at Spectrum Writing, we challenge you to use your superpower, and to pursue your writing dreams TODAY.

Our motto is “On the Page, We’re All the Same.”

All Spectrum Writing staff have been police-checked and have clearances to work with children. Our services are suitable for people aged 11+

The Team

Jason Fischer

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.

 

Kate Fischer

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

She holds a Diploma of Early Childhood Education 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 with children with additional needs in a DECD Kindergarten site 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!

Services & Groups

Workshops

The Spectrum Writing workshop stream is designed to teach students a variety of skills, from characters and conflict through to story submissions and how to run a small writing business. 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. These workshops are designed to equip students with everything they need to succeed as writers – delivered in a fun way.

CITY GROUP – Wednesday fortnightly during school term, 6pm-7.30pm

SOUTH GROUP – Thursday fortnightly during school term, 6pm-7.30pm

ONLINE GROUP – Monday fortnightly during school term, 5pm-6.30pm

$215 per term

Mentoring

Jason is an experienced writing mentor, and has guided several writers from the beginning of their craft to eventual publication and even literary awards. He has also enjoyed working with writers who have various intellectual disabilities or challenges (such as ASD spectrum and acquired brain injury), and has designed a program to help them achieve their goals. These mentorships are self-paced and catered to each individual’s needs. Typically a writing mentorship will involve:

  • goal-setting and motivation
  • intensive work on individual stories or pieces
  • guidance on any number of technical skills
  • a publication plan, and assistance with covering letters and submissions

$60 per hour, purchased in block sessions of 5, 10 or 20 hours.

5 hours – $300

10 hours – $600

20 hours – $1200

Dungeons and Dragons
Social Group

Forget what you’ve heard about D&D, this is ASD&D! An Autism-specific roleplaying group where players old and new can experience the dice-rolling fun in a relaxed, non-pressure setting. All participants receive a complimentary miniature figure and a set of polyhedral multi-sided dice when joining the group. 

CITY CENTRE GROUP – Wednesday fortnightly during school term 6pm – 9pm 

SOUTH GROUP ONE- Thursday fortnightly during school term 6pm – 9pm

SOUTH GROUP TWO – Sunday fortnightly during term 2pm -5 pm

ONLINE GROUP – Monday fortnightly during term 5pm-8pm

$270 per term – includes complimentary miniature and polyhedral multi-sided dice set. Food provided.

$240 per term for Online Group

School Workshops

Jason Fischer is an award-winning writer and workshop facilitator, and is available to host writing workshops throughout South Australia. His workshops are fun and hands-on, and participants leave energised and brimming with ideas. Sessions can be tailored according to the curriculum, or as a way of breaking your class out of their usual routine. These workshops are intended to cater to schools and community groups where some/all of the participants are on the Autism Spectrum.

Pricing upon application.

Venue Information:

SOUTH GROUP:

Woodcroft/Morphett Vale Community Neighbourhood Centre

175 Bains Road

Morphett Vale SA 5162

(Entry via the rear, ring doorbell no. 5)

CITY GROUP:

Pepper Street Arts Centre

558 Magill Rd,

Magill SA 5072

ONLINE GROUP:

Workshops and Dungeons and Dragons Social Groups are also being run in our new Online Group – ideal for people in remote locations or who prefer to participate from home.

Courses delivered via Skype and Roll20.

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. 

Testimonials

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

I really enjoyed the interaction with fellow writers in the room.

Writers SA Workshop participant

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

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 clients and NDIS plan-managed clients.

Self-managed clients are responsible for all payments of invoices. You will need to pay your invoices upfront before the commencement of your sessions. You can claim back these funds from NDIA direct.

Plan-managed clients – 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.

Payment options – BSB and credit card

DCSI Clearances

All Spectrum Writing staff have been police-checked, and hold a Working with Children Check. These documents may be viewed upon request.

Contact Us

 We’d love to hear from you.

Phone:  0407 520 503 

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