Representing Disabled Characters in Speculative Fiction

This course is intended for writers who wish to include disabled characters in their work. Students will learn about harmful tropes and how to avoid them, positive representation examples, language usage, and where to begin research.  

Deep Dive

Starting date

Always Available


4 weeks



A few more words about this course

Find out how to get into the mindset of a disabled character, avoiding tropes, as well as how not to perpetuate stereotypical descriptions of people with disabilities. 
Throughout this course you learn more about:

  • The most prevalent examples of disabled characters in speculative fiction, taken from film, television, comic books, and more 
  • Examples of positive representation as well as the more complex layers to why some aspects of disabled characters can still be problematic
  • Where to start with research, workshops, courses, and other resources for writing disabled characters
  • Issues that will affect the day-to-day of disabled characters

Anita Siraki

Librarian, writer
Anita Siraki is a librarian and independent scholar who graduated from the University of Toronto with a Master of Information in Library & Information Science. She completed a specialization in Book History and Print Culture where she examined mid-19th century American female authors focusing on Harriet Beecher Stowe and the popularity of Uncle Tom’s Cabin. As Webmaster for the Center for Renaissance and Reformation Studies at the EJ Pratt Library, she participated in several digitization projects. In addition, she is a reviewer for Booklist, has reviewed for Library Journal and other trade publications, and received the George H. Locke Scholarship in 2017.
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