Speaking Appearances

Christopher Scott Wyatt

Speaking Appearances

towards effective writing

Invited Speaker

Professional Writing

  • Carnegie Screenwriters
    Carnegie, Pennsylvania; Feb. 13–14, 2016
    Workshop: Theories of Story Structure
  • Pittsburgh Fringe Workshop Series
    Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania; April 1, 2014
    Presenter: Why Story Structure Matters: Crafting a Play with Audiences in Mind

Autism and Developmental Disorders

  • Greater Pittsburgh Arts Council: Understanding Autism in the Arts Mini-Conference
    Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania; Oct. 23, 2015
    Panelist: Empowering Creation: Accommodating Artists
    • with Leah Morelli, Rachel Webber, and Cheryl Dennis
  • Mid-Atlantic ADA Conference 2015
    Harrisburg, Pennsylvania; Jun. 3, 2015
    Keynote: Naturally Better: How Accommodations and Flexibility Benefit Workplaces
  • Pennsylvania Department of Labor and Industry
    Office of Vocational Rehabilitation: National Disability Employment Awareness Month (NDEAM) Breakfast
    Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania; Oct. 30, 2014
    Wyatt, C. S. Keynote Speaker. “The Business Case for Hiring Special Needs Workers.”
  • Pennsylvania Department of Labor and Industry
    Office of Vocational Rehabilitation Training Day
    Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania; Sep. 19, 2014.
    Plenary Speaker: Career Planning and Supports for Autistic Employees
  • Autism Connection of PA
    Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania; Jun. 30, 2014
    Life Doesn't Come with an IEP
  • AHEADD College Readiness Support Group
    Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania; Oct. 17, 2011
    Panel: Planning for the College Years
  • Arc Midstate and Central Minnesota Schools, District 742
    St. Cloud, Minnesota; May 23, 2011
    Teachers, support providers, and parents of teens with ASDs
    Life with Autism: Lessons Learned by a Teacher
  • Central Minnesota Schools, District 742
    St. Cloud, Minnesota; Mar. 30, 2011
    Students with ASDs and special education faculty
    The Value of Life Skills: How Life Skills Become Success Skills
  • Arc Midstate: Potpourri for Providers and Parents
    Sauk Rapids, Minnesota; Feb. 26, 2011
    Autism and Developing Interpersonal Relationships
  • Arc Midstate Teens with ASDs
    St. Cloud, Minnesota; Oct. 15, 2010
    Strategies for Living with Autism, with a Q and A Forum
  • Arc Midstate: Potpourri for Providers and Parents
    Sauk Rapids, Minnesota; Feb. 27, 2010
    Plenary Speaker, Life with Autism: Lessons Learned by a Teacher
    Breakout Session, Working Your Spectrum Strengths: Career Planning and ASDs
  • Asperger’s Support Network
    St. Cloud, Minnesota; Dec. 3, 2009
    Adults with Autism Spectrum Disorders
  • Midstate Autism Resource Fair
    St. Cloud, Minnesota; Oct. 3, 2009
    Featured Speaker
    The Value of Life Skills: How Life Skills Become Success Skills
  • Autism Society of Minnesota (AuSM)
    Minneapolis, Minnesota; Jan. 14, 2009
    The College Years: Success Beyond High School
  • Hastings Senior High School
    Hastings, Minnesota; Sep. 18, 2008
    High School and Beyond: Preparing for Higher Education with an Autism Spectrum Disorder
  • Autism Society of Minnesota (AuSM)
    Minneapolis, Minnesota; Jan. 23, 2008
    The College Years: Success Beyond High School
  • University of St. Thomas;
    Minneapolis, Minnesota; Nov. 15, 2007
    Education 330: The Psychology of Teaching and Learning; Prof. D. Wingert
    Understanding Students with Autism Spectrum Disorders
  • University of Minnesota
    Apr. 26, 2007
    Speech, Language, and Hearing Sciences Dept.; Prof. J. Reichle
    Autism from a Personal Perspective
  • Parent Advocacy Coalition for Educational Rights (PACER)
    Minneapolis, Minnesota; Feb. 27, 2007
    Postsecondary Education and Students with Asperger's Syndrome

Early Childhood Education and Literacy Issues

  • University of San Diego; Jun. 25, 2002; Jun. 27, 2001; Jun. 28, 2000
    Literature in the Classroom: Trends in Children’s Literature
  • Porterville College; May 16, 2002
    Selecting Reading Books for Children
  • Visalia Unified School District; Jan. 20, 2001
    BTSA Training Seminars

Academic Conferences and Presentations

Writing and Technology

  • Computers and Writing 2018: Digital Phronesis: Culture/Code/Play
    George Mason University, Fairfax, Virginia; May 24–27 2018
    Workshop: Zork’s Revenge: The Return of Interactive Texts (to Writing Courses)
    • with Dan Cox, Dan Frank, and Lauren Woolbright
    • Classically embodied by Zork (1980) and Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy (1984), more recent games like Depression Quest (2013) and Creatures Such as We (2014) show that the genre of ‘interactive fiction’ has a multi-decade history and is still going strong today. This workshop will explore an overview of the history of interactive fiction. Through playing examples of games made with and then learning how to use the tools, participants will be exposed to the genre, taught some basics about the form, and then practice. Twine and Quest will be highlighted as two examples of using interactive fiction in the writing classroom. By the conclusion of this workshop, attendees will have played examples of games in the genre if interactive fiction, created a basic interactive work, and learned strategies for incorporating interactive fiction in assignments and curriculum for their own courses and writing programs.
    Panel: Interactive Fiction and Hypertexts: Experiences with ‘Text Adventure’ Authoring Tools in Writing Courses
    • with Dan Frank, Morgan Read-Davidson, and Lauren Woolbright
    • Abstract: Hypertexts and Interactive Fiction (IF), genres of responsive, interactive and gameful writing, are experiencing a renaissance of popularity and academic interest. This opens up exciting pedagogical opportunities. IF theory blends contemporary ludology (the study of games and gaming culture) with pedagogies of writing and the development of classical narratives. Panelists discuss their experiences with using interactive fiction (IF) and hypertext authoring tools within writing courses and across the curriculum, offering suggestions for effective student projects. Panelists discuss how writing in IF and hypertext informs the writing process as well as the development of traditional and/or static genres. The panel addresses the overall pedagogical foundations for the inclusion of IF tools within writing courses, the inclusive nature of IF and hypertexts, the practical use of IF tools within a creative writing course, how IF can serve as sites for deep research, the cultivation of empathy and creative remix, and issues of power-privilege within the IF community, despite the diversity among leading IF authors. Panelists also discuss means and methods of publishing and distribution of IF texts.
    • Individual Topic: Within disability studies a “natural accommodation” is a design consideration that opens a space to people with physical, neurological, or mental health challenges in a way that benefits the entire community. For example, natural lighting reduces migraines and seizure risks, while reducing electricity costs. The textual nature of interactive fiction and hypertexts accommodates game designers and players with special needs, naturally. Creative teams can add images, sounds, and other multimedia elements, yet the core philosophy of IF is to include all information necessary to game play within text. The IF community encourages portability, meaning a game works well on as many devices as possible, from monochrome Kindles to high-end gaming PCs. Portability naturally results in accessible designs.
    Paper: Virtual Dust on a Bookshelf: Abandoned Wikibooks by and for Writing Students
    • Many open source projects die of neglect or fragmentation. Sadly, the Wikibook Professional and Technical Writing offers an example of a student writing project intended to be self-sustaining that now collects virtual dust on the Wikibooks shelves. Meant to complement Rhetoric and Composition on Wikibooks, both projects were last updated in 2008, with minor edits in 2010 and 2012. Similar problems affect other open source publishing efforts. What contributed to these Wikibooks failing to attract new and ongoing collaboration? Can these projects be revived and should they be?
  • Computers and Writing 2016: Crossing Wires: Reaching Across Campus
    St. John Fisher College, Rochester, New York; May 19–22 2016
    Panel: Arguing in Type: On the Rhetoricity of Letterforms
    • with Danielle Nicole DeVoss and Heather Noel Turner
    Paper: Types of Accommodation: Considering Special Needs Students when Selecting (or Mandating) Font Choices
  • NCTE Conference on College Composition and Communications
    Tampa, Florida; Mar. 19–21 2015
    Panel: Risky Disclosure: Mental Illness and Teachers of Writing
    • with Mike Haen, Stephanie Horton, and Katherine Monger
    Paper: Autistic Writers and Writing Classes: When Difference Conflicts with Pedagogy
  • Computers and Writing 2010: Virtual Worlds
    Purdue University, West Lafayette, Indiana; May 20 – 23, 2010
    Individual Presenter: Virtually Different: Online Writing Courses and Students with Autism
  • MnCUEW (Minnesota Colleges & Universities English and Writing) Conference:
    Connecting Communities: Language, Literacy, and Literature
    St. Paul College, St. Paul, Minnesota; April 2 – 3, 2010
    Individual Presenter: The Challenges of ‘Twice Special’ Students: Gifted Students with Autism and Writing Courses
  • Computers and Writing 2009: Ubiquitous and Sustainable Computing @ school @ work @ play
    University of California, Davis; Jun. 18 – 21, 2009
    Individual Presenter: The Problem of Audience Online: When You Never Know Who the Reader Will Be
  • Computers and Writing 2006: Still Making Knowledge on the Frontier(s)
    Texas Tech University; May 25 – 28, 2006
    Individual Presenter: Missing Input: How Online Composition Can Reduce Instructor Feedback
    45-minute conference session on grading practices within online courses
  • CSUF 2005 Arts & Humanities Conference: Disciplining the Disciplines;
    California State University, Fresno; Apr. 22 – 25, 2005
    Panelist: A Quick Language is Evolving: Cell Phone SMS, Instant Messaging and Composition
    • With: Susan McLenithan, Liz Scheid, and Catherine Steele

Professional Writing

  • Pittsburgh Fringe Workshop Series
    Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania; April 1, 2014
    Presenter: Why Story Structure Matters: Crafting a Play with Audiences in Mind
  • Military Writers Society of America
    Dayton, Ohio; Sep. 27 – Sep. 30, 2012
    Plenary Speaker: Online Resources for MWSA Members
    Presenter: Screenplay Formatting and Style Guides
    Presenter: Creating eBooks
    Panel Moderator: Continuing Education for Military Writers
  • Military Writers Society of America
    Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania; Sep. 29 – Oct. 1, 2011
    Presenter: Screenwriting and Military Stories
    Panel Moderator: Writing Dialogue with Jack London, Bob Doerr, and Del Staecker
  • Public Safety Writers Association
    Las Vegas, Nevada; Jul. 22 – 17, 2011
    Presenter: It’s Not a Book, It’s a Movie! The Challenge of Adapting a Work to Screen
    Panelist: What’s Missing in Your Manuscript
  • University of Minnesota; Minneapolis, Minnesota; Sep. 22, 2010
    WRIT 3001: Introduction to Scientific and Technical Communication; Thomas Wright
    Developing a Freelance Career in Scientific and Technical Communication

Autism, Disabilities, and Special Education

  • Autism Society 44th Annual National Conference 2013
    Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania; Jul. 10 – 13, 2013
    Presenter: Collaboration Conundrum: Mastering Group Projects at School and Beyond
    Panelist: Speaking for Ourselves: Panel of Individuals with Autism
  • Autism Society of America 41st Annual National Conference 2010
    Dallas, Texas; Jul. 7 – 10, 2010
    Online Education and Students with Autism Spectrum Disorders
  • Autism Society of Minnesota 2010 Annual Conference
    Minneapolis, Minnesota; Apr. 28 – May 1, 2010
    Higher Education and Your Legal Rights
  • Autism Society of Minnesota 2009 Annual Conference
    Minneapolis, Minnesota; Apr. 29 – May 2, 2009
    The College Years: Success Beyond High School
  • Autism Society of America 39th Annual National Conference 2008
    Orlando, Florida; Jul. 9 – 12, 2008
    Online Education and Autism at Universities
  • Autism Society of Minnesota 2008 Annual Conference
    Minneapolis, Minnesota; Apr. 30 – May 3, 2008
    The College Years: Success Beyond High School

Staff Development Presentations

Carnegie Mellon University

  • Residential Life Staff
    Aug. 14, 2013
    Autistic Students in the University Setting

Robert Morris University

  • Services for Students with Disabilities Dinner
    Oct. 11, 2011
    Panel: Autism in Higher Education

University of Minnesota, Twin Cities

  • Center for Teaching and Learning
    Nov. 20, 2007; Apr. 13, 2007; Apr. 9, 2007
    Autistic Students in the University Setting

California State University, Fresno

  • English Department: Writing Instructors
    Aug. 18, 2005; Jan. 14, 2005
    Blackboard Learning System for English 1/1LA Composition Instructors

Available to Speak

If your organization seeks a speaker on issues of literacy, creative writing, or special education, please feel free to contact me.