writers and then producing them to critical acclaim, thereby expanding
the canon of accepted Swedish plays.
I learned that I am part of a
larger collective—a collective of international women writers working
in theater. This is a community that I will draw strength from and give
back to over the course of my life as a playwright. I will be attending
the conference in 2012 in Stockholm.
I was unprepared for how many challenges a conference run by women in a male centered non-first world country would face. There were many aspects of disorganization at the conference and I had to learn to let go of some of my western expectations (events running on time) and instead engage with the experience and the culture at the conference. I was also reminded of what I already knew but often forget in this profession: very few playwrights "make it" and there are many many talented writers worldwide whose plays are bearing witness to events that would be otherwise lost; the mark of this profession is not critical acclaim or monetary gain. It is rather the ability to tell the stories that need to be told, and to tell them with great mastery and artistry.
For the future I hope that ICWP and WPI can find a way to complement each other. I am not yet sure what these compliments would be, but it seems that in some ways we duplicate each other’s missions. As each organization develops it would be interesting to figure out ways to work in concert with each other. I very much enjoyed meeting the other ICWP members at the conference and am thankful for this opportunity.