“What does a feminine revolution look like through story?”

I’ve been writing for the past six years trying to figure out how to tell a story that doesn’t revolve around the patriarchy, the Hero’s Journey and turns the strong, female lead on her head in a young adult sci-fi/fantasy novel. Let’s just say, it’s been difficult, however, I felt important.

As Brit Marling said in her New York Times OpEd, “I Don’t Want to be the Strong Female Lead”:

β€œExcavating, teaching and celebrating the feminine through stories is, inside our climate emergency, a matter of human survival. The moment we start imagining a new world and sharing it with one another through story is the moment that new world may actually come.”

Last week, I applied to a TEDx conference by Montpellier Business SchoolΒ who were hosting the theme: Move Behind the Scenes. A wonderful man named Mark Guay (who I had the pleasure of speaking on the Connectle podcast) had introduced me to the organizers a few weeks earlier via e-mail. They had closed applications, but were interested in having an interview. We spoke in the interview in half French/half English, and then I was asked to submit a video, text or audio application the next day. I pulled together my application in a few hours as that’s all the time I had!

And, sometimes, that’s the best way to do it! They e-mailed me back a few hours later, and I got the incredible news that I was approved unanimously! I have a lot of work to do over the next few weeks, but if you’re in the South of France, and want to join, please don’t hesitate to join:


April 8, 2020
5:00pm – 9:00pm CEST
(UTC +2hrs)
Location: Montpellier Business School
2300 Avenue des Moulins
Montpellier, Languedoc-Roussillon, 34080