Textual Tactics for Growing Words and Stories Out of Difficult Situations

What kinds of writing tactics can explain or relate high-intensity concepts such as mortality, illness, or moral injury? This panel will explore how extreme situations make it to the page and what choices the authors made to convey unusual circumstances.

Event Type: Panel
Red Gate Revue Stage
Date: Wednesday, March 13, 4:30pm – 6:30pm
Cost: Pay What You Can (recommended: $12.50)
ASL Interpretation Available by Request Before February 15, 2019



Juliane Okot Bitek is a poet. She lives on the unceded, ancestral and the traditional lands of the Musqueam, the Squamish and the Tsleil Waututh people.

Elee Kraljii Gardiner’s books include Trauma Head, serpentine loop, V6A: Writing from Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside, and Against Death: 35 Essays on Living.



Maureen Medved’s adaptation of her novel The Tracey Fragments opened the Panorama program of the 57th annual Berlinale, winning the Manfred Salzgeber Prize. Her novel Black Star came out in April 2018. She is an Associate Professor in the Creative Writing Program at the University of British Columbia.

Update: This panel was originally titled: Growing Words and Stories out of a Traumatic Life. The description has also been updated.