Meet the Organizers of the Feminist Writers Festival
[dropcap background="no" color="#333333"]W[/dropcap]e (obviously) believe in the subversive power of sharing women’s stories through writing. Feminist Wednesday is powered by a community of women who are brave enough to share personal stories, to know that their voices need to be heard. So when we found the Australia-based Feminist Writers Festival, we knew we’d stumbled across something really special. Here, we chatted with the organizers of the festival about feminism and the power of making your voice heard.[divider type="dashed" spacing="10"]
Introduce yourself! Tell us who you are and what you do.
We are a diverse group of women, mostly writers, academics and arts workers, who wanted to come together to elevate the voices of feminist writers in Australia. Our Chair, Cristy Clark, posted the initial idea on Facebook and the team grew from there![divider type="white" spacing="10"]
How do you define feminism and how does that play a part in the work you do?
We define feminism as belief in equality and opportunity for all genders across all cultures. Because of the historical oppression of women, especially women of colour and trans women, this movement puts righting this inequality at the front of the effort. Feminism is central to what we do. We are working to elevate women’s voices and keep expanding the conversation about what feminism is and can become.[divider type="white" spacing="10"]
What do you hope attendees take away from the Feminist Writers Festival?
We’re aiming to create a space for people to engage critically and support each other. We hope to strengthen the ties between feminist writers in the Australian writing community, as well as making a place for readers to engage with feminist writers and writing in a fun and inclusive way.[divider type="white" spacing="10"]
What's one piece of advice you think female writers need to hear?
Write, write write! Your voice is valid and important, so keep making it heard. Writing as a feminist is a strong, decisive act.[divider type="white" spacing="10"]
Any upcoming projects or initiatives our readers should know about?
This year, the festival is on over three days, with public events as part of the Melbourne Writers Festival on Saturday 27 and Sunday 28 August, and a networking day on Friday 26 August. We can’t wait to see you there!