It’s a common perception that the job of an editor is to uphold “correct” language—whether in spelling, in grammar, or in word choices related to identity, power, and oppression. But language isn’t correct or incorrect, it’s contextual. Conscious language isn’t about memorizing a list of “good” and “bad” words; rather, it’s about practicing care—attending to context and engaging with the power of language to harm or heal, oppress or liberate. If you are dedicated to using words for good, you won’t want to miss this workshop. Come gain concrete tips and tools for how to practice conscious language and orient yourself toward care in new ways.
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Alex Kapitan is a trainer, speaker, consultant, editor, and activist who left the world of nonfiction book publishing to start Radical Copyeditor, an anti-oppressive language project. Alex draws on an eclectic background in publishing, sexuality and gender education, and faith-based organizing to help people align their words with their values and practice inclusive editing and conscious communication, working with all sorts of folks who believe in the power of language to create positive change.