Telling It Bent 2021 – Applications Now Closed

Applications are now closed for Telling It Bent! TIB is a writing workshop for queer, trans, Two Spirit, and questioning BC youth (ages 14 to 25). Led by Lutselk’e Dene and Plains Cree spoken word artist, poet, and land defender Tawahum Bige, the program provides emerging writers with the opportunity to gain skills, meet other queer young creatives, and explore different styles of writing. Telling It Bent 2021 will focus on playwrighting and poetry.

Program Description

WHEN: January 12th – April 27th 2021
Every Tuesday
4:00pm – 6:00pm PST
Online – Zoom Meetings
The Virtual Showcase will be officially streamed through The frank Theatres’ platforms in May 2020.
$1000 – Upon completion of the project.


The program will be facilitated by Tawahum Bige [Two Spirit, Non-binary, Slam Poet]. Writing Mentors include
Jan Derbyshire [Theatre-maker, Comedian, Writer/Performer of Touchstone Theatre’s “Certified”] and
Jillian Christmas [Poet, Educator, Author of “The Gospel of Breaking”]. Guest Speaker includes Kim Senklip
Harvey [Indigenous Theorist, Cultural Evolutionist, Playwright/Director of “Kamloopa”].

Submission Requirements

Please send us an email with a short paragraph about you: How old are you? Why are you interested in the program? What is your previous writing experience? What do you hope to get out of Telling It Bent? Please also include any access needs you may have. If email is not accessible to you, please send The frank Theatre Companys’ page a message on Facebook Messenger

TIB uses anti-oppressive and decolonial approaches to teaching and storytelling, and is led by QTBIPOC (Queer & Trans, Black, Indigenous, People of Colour) and queer facilitators. We strive to make our program accessible to all queer and questioning youth, including D/deaf youth, youth with lived experiences of disability, neurodivergent youth and youth on the mental health spectrum; and are happy to make accomodations based on the access needs of our selected participants, including ASL interpretation. We especially encourage submissions from QTBIPOC, with two spots reserved for Two Spirit/Indigenous youth. We will select ten participants.


General applications are closed, but we are still accepting submissions from Queer Indigenous and Two Spirit youth, between the ages of 14 and 25.
● Must have access to a computer to participate in video meetings

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