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Friday, October 18 • 4:00pm - 4:50pm
Traumas and Triggers: Navigating the Dark Stuff

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Seeing real suffering mirrored in fiction can be deeply traumatic or hurtful, even driving audience members away from pieces altogether. However, properly represented, depictions of trauma and fears can be reparative, even transformative. With the potential to both destroy and heal, what responsibilities do writers have in depicting true-to-life traumatic events and anxiety-provoking scenarios? And how do readers negotiate this area?

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Adam Shaftoe

Critic, author, podcast personality, workforce development practicioner, not-for-profit manager
Adam Shaftoe writes reviews, essays, and fiction. His essays and reviews have previously appeared in On-Spec Magazine, Jamais Vu - The Journal of the Strange Among the Familiar, and Onder Magazine. His current labours include a novella-length review of Cowboy Bebop, because the world... Read More →

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E.C. Bell

E.C. Bell is the author of six novels in the paranormal Marie Jenner Mystery Series. The latest is Haunting the Haunted, coming from Tyche Books at the end of October. She has also published short stories and anthologies, won a couple of Aurora Awards, a Bloody Words Light Mystery... Read More →
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Geneviève Hébert-Jodoin

Geneviève Hébert-Jodoin is a French-Canadian transgender woman. She is a lawyer with a dual degree in Civil and Common Law from the University of Ottawa who articled helping refugees navigate the Canadian immigration process. She is also a long time folklore, history and fantasy... Read More →
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Erin Rockfort

Erin Rockfort is a trained psychotherapist and a lover of all things story-related. She has a Master's in Counselling Psychology, a background in queer/feminist study and critical religious theory, and has written multiple academic papers on queerness in fandom. In her downtime she... Read More →

Friday October 18, 2019 4:00pm - 4:50pm EDT
Salon E - 60 seats