RenVCon 2020, Fall Edition is Oct 24-25. Registration is FREE, and I’ll be on two panels!

Registration is open! Go to the Renaissance website to learn more about this amazing virtual con and register for other panels! There will be a virtual vendor room and we can chat and socialize on Discord!

I’m going to be participating in two panels, which should be kinda awesome. (I pretend that I know stuff but really, I just want to learn from the other panelists. Don’t tell anyone, okay?)

Ableist, me? That’s cra*zy!

I’ll be moderating a panel called Ableist, me? That’s cr*zy! (Saturday Oct 24 from 1:00-2:00 PM EDT)

Panel description: Ableist language and narratives are incredibly pervasive. This panel explores how even disabled, Deaf, neurodiverse authors have to unlearn ableist narratives that influence the everyday terms we use.

My lovely panelists will be Dianna Gunn, Jennifer Lee Rossman, Jamieson Wolf, Madona Skaff-Koren, and Talia C. Johnson.

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!

Building worlds

I’ll also be a panelist on Building worlds! (Saturday Oct 25 from 7:00-8:00 PM EDT!)

Panel description: In speculative fiction, the setting tends to become central to the conflict. But how do you build a world from scratch? What elements go into building a believable world? How do we decide?

Dianna Gunn is our moderator and the other lovely panelists are Christian Baines, S. M. Carrière, Stephen Graham King, and E. C. Ambrose!

Full disclosure: I wanted to sign up for panels and saw this one and thought, “Ooo, I’d like to go to this!” Then I realized I’m on the panel. YEEPS! But I do build worlds and think I can contribute.

Hope you can join us! Please spread the word! We’re a little con, but full of heart!

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.

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