Telling It Bent

CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS: Telling It Bent 2020

The Frank Theatre is pleased to announce that applications are now open for Telling It Bent. 

We will be accepting submissions from December 20th to January 5th 2019 at midnight.

[TIB] is a writing workshop for queer, trans, Two Spirit, and questioning BC youth – ages 14 to 25. The program gives writers a chance to gain skills, meet other queer young people, and explore different styles of writing. This year, the focus will be on playwrighting and slam poetry!

WHEN: The Writing Cohort will meet weekly, every Wednesday from 4pm – 6pm between January 15th – April 28th 2020;

WHERE: Weekly writing sessions at The Cultch’s Meeting Room, 1895 Venables St

Final Showcase at IGNITE! Youth Driven Arts Festival at  The Cultch Historic Theatre in May 2020

COMPENSATION: $500 honorarium upon completion of the project. 

The program will be facilitated by Tawahum Bige – a Two Spirit Nonbinary Slam Poet. Playwrighting mentors include Quelemia Sparrow [actor, writer and director from the Musqueam Nation] and JD Derbyshire [theatre-maker and comedian, writer/performer of Touchstone Theatre’s “Certified”.]

We encourage and welcome applicants from all cultural, ability and socio-economic backgrounds. We will be meeting in wheelchair accessible spaces with trans-inclusive washrooms. We especially encourage submission from QTBIPOC (Queer, Trans, Black, Indigenous, People of Colour), with two spots reserved for Two Spirit/Indigenous youth. We will select  ten participants.

Please send us an email including a short paragraph about you: how old are you, why you are interested in the program, and your previous writing experience. If email is not accessible to you, please send the Frank Theatre’s page a message on Facebook messenger. 


Participants must be:

  • Between the ages of 14 and 25
  • Identify as queer, trans, non-binary, Two Spirit, lesbian, gay, bisexual, pansexual, on the asexual spectrum and/or questioning.
  • Located in the Greater Vancouver area OR located outside of Greater Vancouver Lower Mainland (within BC) with access to a computer, webcam, microphone and high-speed internet
  • Please note The Frank Theatre is reserving 2 spots for Two Spirit or indigenous youth. 

For more information: Email Patricia Trinh at

Please email your submission to Anais West at and CC Patricia Trinh at 

We will notify successful applications by January 8th 2020.