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Saturday, October 19 • 1:00pm - 1:50pm
Escaping Ageism in SFF

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Both older and younger characters tend to fit specific molds in speculative fiction. Beyond the common tropes like the wise mentor or the annoying young newbie, what are the subtler biases and traps that writers still fall into? How are authors today breaking free of these tropes or twisting them in new and interesting ways?

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Liz Westbrook-Trenholm

Liz Westbrook-Trenholm has published or aired mainstream and speculative short fiction in Prix Aurora-winning or nominated anthologies, The Sum of Us, (Laksa Media), 49th Parallels (Bundoran Press) and Shades Within Us (Laksa Media) and, most recently, in Over the Rainbow (Exile Press... Read More →

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Charlotte Ashley

Charlotte Ashley is a writer, editor and bookseller living in Toronto. Her fantasy and science fiction short stories have appeared in F&SF, Clockwork Canada, Luna Station Quarterly, Kaleidotrope, PodCastle, and elsewhere. Her historical fantasy, “La Héron,” was nominated for... Read More →
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Carolyn Charron

Carolyn Charron‘s short stories have appeared in three Flame Tree Publishing anthologies and in the Nothing Without Us anthology. On the editor’s side of her desk, she was a slush reader for Apex and Lightspeed magazines and volunteers as juror for the Speculative Literature Foundation... Read More →
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Derek Newman-Stille

Derek Newman-Stille (they/them) PhD ABD is a queer, nonbinary, disabled activist, artist, author, and academic. Derek teaches at Trent University, where they research representations of disability in Canadian Speculative Fiction. Derek has two new books out this year - We Shall Be... Read More →

Fran Skene

Fran Skene is a member of the Puppetry Renaissance Troupe and has extensive experience in scripting, producing, and performing in puppet shows. In fandom, Fran's credits include chairing/working on a number of conventions, plus she edited the local clubzine, helped to start two apazines... Read More →

Saturday October 19, 2019 1:00pm - 1:50pm EDT
Salon F - 60 seats