EMBRACING the Craft: Insights from a Conversation with Deaf Writers

On stage at CSD

Exploring the World of Deaf Writers On Stage

Recently, I had the honor of gracing the stage alongside another esteemed deaf writer, courtesy of the California School for the Deaf (CSD) initiative to explore the world of deaf writers. Our dialogue delved into the depths of our writing experiences, shedding light on the themes, challenges, and profound rewards inherent in our craft.

Discovering Identity Through Stories: A Deaf Writer’s Narrative

During the conversation, I shared a personal revelation tied to my recent novel, Who Wants to Be Friends with A Dragon? This story intricately reflects my journey as a late-deafened individual, straddling the realms between the hearing and the deaf communities.

Navigating the Challenge of Staying in Flow

We tackled the challenges that accompany the writing process. The daunting sight of a blank page often poses a considerable hurdle. My approach? One technique is committing to a daily 15-minute writing exercise without a specific goal. This free associative practice often yields stories and poems that emerge organically from these sessions.

The Enriching Rewards: Writing as a Bridge in the Deaf Community

Both my fellow writer and I resonate deeply with the rewarding aspect of our craft—connecting with our audience. Our stories serve as conduits, bridging experiences and emotions, and fostering empathy and understanding among readers.

Celebrating the Art of Storytelling

Our on-stage exchange was more than a conversation between two writers. It was a celebration of storytelling within the deaf community. Our narratives transcend barriers, inviting readers to experience diverse perspectives and building connections through the art of storytelling.

Recent Reviews

Impressively original, exceptionally charming, fully entertaining, and with an important message about the importance of the acceptance of difference for children ages 5-8, "Who Wants to be Friends With a Dragon?" is an especially and unreservedly recommended addition to family, elementary school, and community library collections for young readers.

Midwest Book Review

This book is an awesome, welcome addition to my little children’s library. Should be picked up by therapists, teachers, parents and grandparents if they want their children to learn to accept and socialize with other children different from them. Couldn’t ask for a better book to share with my little friends.

Amazon Customer

The story follows a timid dragon that wishes to leave his current world and make new acquaintances. The book can be used to teach children about not being judgmental of others and how a single act of kindness can go a long way toward building great relationships.

Nothing But Picture Books

"There are multiple teachable moments within “Who Wants To Be Friends With A Dragon” for parents and teachers to expand upon. I believe this book will make an exceptional addition to any school, church, daycare, or family library."

Read Reviews Kids

Linda Drattell’s latest poetry collection is a reflection born out of resilience… tenacity, healing, dealing with unexpected trials and contemplating the wonder of everyday life… Her poems honor the precious bonds with loved ones …I like to revisit her words, to savor them in silence or share them…

Julia Hone