F. Scott Fitzgerald

September 24, 1896 – December 21, 1940 Novelist & Short Story Writer 🔊 Listen F. Scott Fitzgerald, author of The Great Gatsby, was notoriously bad at spelling. Although he was an avid reader and showed an early talent for writing, Fitzgerald was […]

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Gustave Flaubert

12 December 1821 – 8 May 1880 Novelist 🔊 Listen Having made a strenuous effort to understand the symbols he could make nothing of, [Gustave Flaubert] wept giant tears…. For a long time he could not understand the elementary connection […]

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Terry Goodkind

Fantasy writer, author of The Sword of Truth series 🔊 Listen I’m a born storyteller. My earliest memories are of telling myself stories. I lived with the characters from the stories in my head. When I was little I remember […]

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Stephen Cannell

February 5, 1941 – September 30, 2010 Television Screen Writer & Producer 🔊 Listen I’ve wanted to be a novelist since I was 16 years old; it was my dream in high school to be a writer and novelist. In […]

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John Corrigan

Mystery Writer & Educator 🔊 Listen In 1979, prior to many discoveries in the field of learning disabilities, I was broadly diagnosed as “learning disabled, presumed dyslexic” — a theme that resonates through some of my works. John Corrigan is a […]

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Agatha Christie

15 September 1890 – 12 January 1976 Mystery Writer, Playwright 🔊 Listen Writing and spelling were always terribly difficult for me. My letters were without originality. I was…an extraordinarily bad speller and have remained so. Dame Agatha Christie was a […]

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Jane Elson

Children’s author and playwright. 🔊 Listen I was bullied at school. I was an undiagnosed dyslexic and dyspraxic, which made me an easy target. The kid who was clumsy and very uncoordinated – so easy to mock. I hated PE […]

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Natasha Solomons

Contemporary Novelist 🔊 Listen I always knew I wanted to be a writer. I’m a story monster. But I’m dyslexic so learning to write was really hard for me. As is spelling the word dyslexic. It’s a really mean word […]

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Elizabeth Daniels Squire

July 1926 – February 2001 Mystery writer & Journalist 🔊 Listen Due to a lifelong struggle with dyslexia, schoolwork – especially reading and writing – presented Elizabeth Daniels-Squire with great difficulties. Yet, gifted with resilience and a desire to succeed, Elizabeth […]

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