I’ll be moderating a panel about ableist terms and narratives in writing for RenVCon 2020, Fall Edition!

Save the date! I’ll be moderating a panel called Ableist, me? That’s cr*zy! on Saturday October 24 at 1:00 PM EST for RenVCon, a virtual writers conference hosted by Renaissance. Sign up here!

This has been a panel I’ve wanted to do for some time. Ableist expressions are so entrenched in our everyday language that even I—a professional sensitivity editor—mess up. Often. What ableist narratives spawned these terms in our language anyway?

The purpose of this panel will be to educate, discuss, and provide resources. I’m hoping to do it in a fun way, too. It’s not about bashing, but learning!

Registration is open! Go to the Renaissance website to learn more about this amazing virtual con and register for other panels!

Hope you can join us! The panelists are Dianna Gunn, Jennifer Lee Rossman, Jamieson Wolf, and Madona Skaff-Koren.

Cait Gordon Headshot

Cait Gordon is a disability advocate who wants everyone to pummel that curve!

She’s also the author of Life in the ’Cosm and The Stealth Lovers. When Cait’s not writing, she’s editing manuscripts and running The Spoonie Authors Network, a blog whose contributors manage disabilities and/or chronic conditions. She also teamed up with Kohenet Talia C. Johnson to co-edit the Nothing Without Us anthology (a 2020 Prix Aurora Award finalist for Best Related Work) in an attempt to take over the world.

4 thoughts on “I’ll be moderating a panel about ableist terms and narratives in writing for RenVCon 2020, Fall Edition!

  1. Hi Cait,

    I sent you a note regarding pain medication and I didn’t receive a reply.

    Could you please let me know how you’re doing with your painful frozen shoulder, and whether or not you’ve been able to get the appropriate pain medication for it.

    I honestly care when someone is in pain because in today’s world, there is no reason why someone has to suffer. It’s our right not to be in pain!

    Judy Williams


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