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Cortland Nesley

Cortland Nesley is the founder of NeuroTales, a writers group that connects Neurodivergent and Mad writers, strives to develop their work, and ultimately aims to put Neurodivergent and Mad folk behind the wheel of their own narratives. www.neurotales.com

Cortland Nesley is an Autistic educator, theater artist, and new work advocate. His work centers on how stories affect a culture’s perception of Disability. He aims to dismantle and replace the narratives constructed by sanist social structures by lifting up stories built on lived experiences in their place. Cortland founded NeuroTales, a writers group that connects Neurodivergent and Mad writers, strives to develop their work, and ultimately aims to put Neurodivergent and Mad folk behind the wheel of their own narratives. He graduated from Boston University with a BFA in Theater Arts and attended The National Theater Institute’s Playwrighting program. He was a literary intern with the American Shakespeare Center working during the inaugural year of their "Shakespeare's New Contemporaries" project.

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The Importance of Centering Neurodivergent and Mad Writers
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The Importance of Centering Neurodivergent and Mad Writers

16 March 2021

Cortland Nesley argues that Neurodivergent and Mad writers should be leading the charge in shaping Neurodivergent and Mad narratives.