With Our Own Words: A Panel Discussion

With Our Own Words: A Panel Discussion

Join us for a panel discussion featuring authors who stutter who have written about their personal journeys and lives through memoirs. “With Our Own Words” depicts a common thread among panelists where they’ve used their stories, their own words, to share more about the lived experiences of stuttering as a way of making an impact, creating connection, and sharing the raw, the real, and the triumphs of their journeys. In this Q&A format session, questions will be taken in advance through registration from attendees as well as live during the event. While many Virtual Learning sessions tend to be targeted at clinicians, this session is open to all those wishing to learn more about the power of storytelling and from the perspectives of these impressive panelists!

Panelists: Christopher Anderson, Every Waking Moment; John Hendrickson, Life on Delay: Making Peace with a Stutter; Katherine Preston, Out With It: How Stuttering Helped Me Find My Voice; Vince Vawter, Paperboy

Christopher Anderson, author of ‘Every Waking Moment,’ is a person who stutters who has spent over thirty years studying how to articulate the complexities of stuttering and the journey to self-acceptance. He is a longtime member of stuttering self-help organizations, such as the National Stuttering Association, and regularly shares his experience with speech-language pathologists. Christopher has undergraduate and graduate degrees in Intelligence Studies, and is an award-winning subject matter expert on national security for the US Government in Washington, DC, where he lives with his family. He enjoys endurance sports—is a three-time Ironman triathlon finisher—Atlanta Braves baseball, and prefers an ice-cold root beer with his pizza.

John Hendrickson is a senior editor at The Atlantic and the author of Life on Delay: Making Peace With a Stutter. He previously wrote and edited for Rolling Stone, Esquire, and The Denver Post. His Atlantic feature “What Joe Biden Can’t Bring Himself to Say” was named one of the best stories of 2019 by Longform. He lives in New York City with his wife.

Katherine Preston is a British-born writer whose memoir, Out With It: How Stuttering Helped Me Find My Voice (Simon & Schuster), chronicles the journey she went on to come to terms with her voice. Her work has appeared in publications such as the London Times, Daily Telegraph, The Millions, The Week, Salon and Tatler, and she is a contributing writer to the ASHA Leader, Huffington Post and Psychology Today.

Vince Vawter, Vince Vawter spent 40 years working in newspapers as a copy editor, managing editor and then editor. He retired in 2006 to write his first novel, PAPERBOY, a semi-autobiographical novel about growing up with a severe stutter. The book, published by Penguin Random House, won a Newbery Honor in 2014 and has been published in 17 languages. A sequel, COPYBOY, was published in 2018. He lives in the foothills of the Great Smoky Mountains in East Tennessee with his wife of 50 years.

Target Audience: Speech-Language Pathologists, Adults who Stutter, Students, Parents

With Our Own Words: A Panel Discussion