Invisible Womxn

Writers discuss why many womxn writers choose to write about those who are either who are either derided, commodified, or even go completely unrecognized in our culture’s mainstream. The invisibility is palpable in the undercurrent of unspoken rage expressed by those who either do or do not pop with our culture’s fascination with the sexually explicit, standardized conceptions of beauty, behaviour, and identity. In this panel, creating character becomes an act of insurgency via creativity.

Event Type: Panel
Red Gate Revue Stage
Date: Monday, March 11, 4:30pm – 6:30pm
Cost: Pay What You Can (recommended: $12.50)

This event will include ASL interpretation.


Sharon Bala is the bestselling author of The Boat People. Her short fiction has been widely published and won the Journey Prize in 2017.


Whitney French is a writer and arts-educator. Her latest project Black Writing Matters is an anthology of creative nonfiction published through the University of Regina Press.


Sara Graefe is a playwright, screenwriter and editor of the CNF collection Swelling with Pride: Queer Conception and Adoption Stories. She teaches at UBC Creative Writing.


Arielle Twist is an author and community educator from George Gordons First Nation, Saskatchewan. Disintegrate/Dissociate is her first collection of poetry with Arsenal Pulp Press.



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.