Writing Coercive Control
Writing Coercive Control Episode 3: Winnie M Li

Writing Coercive Control Episode 3: Winnie M Li

On her thriller COMPLICIT, #metoo, and workplace coercive control in the film industry

Coercive control is endemic and therefore it must be cultural. If 1 in 2 women experience coercive control, it’s in our homes in childhood. How does this affect us? And how do we talk—and write—about it? This 6-part live-recorded, interactive talk series will inspire writers and readers to explore literature about coercive control in wider contexts, including state control, parent/child relationships, historical control, and control in industry and workplace. Guests include authors Sahar Delijani, Rowan Hisayo Buchanan, Winnie M Li, and Chimene Suleyman, who will discuss their experiences writing coercive control.

In this episode, The Guardian’s Not The Booker Prize-winning author and activist Winnie M Li talks about workplace coercive control in her thriller COMPLICIT, following Sarah Lai, a young woman working in the film industry in NY. and LA as she navigates toxic power dynamics, coercion, and sexual assault within the industry. With host, author Abigail Tarttelin, Winnie talks about how she drew from her own experiences working in the entertainment industry to explore why and how the dream of making it in Hollywood creates a working environment where coercive control is endemic and goes unreported.

Also, host Abigail reads from her own work-in-progress novel, ORDINARY WOMAN TURNS 30, an autofiction novel about a woman dealing with the aftermath of coercive control in an intimate partner relationship as she approaches her 30th birthday.

Follow Winnie on https://Instagram.com/winniemli 

Winnie’s novels DARK CHAPTER annd COMPLICIT are available now to purchase or order through all good bookstores.

Follow Abigail as she writes her novel on Substack at abigailtarttelin.Substack.com 

Send your questions and comments for the podcast to Abigail’s https://Instagram.com/abigailtarttelin_

Abigail’s novels FLICK, DEAD GIRLS, and GOLDEN BOY are available now to purchase or order through all good bookstores.

This podcast is co-produced by Abigail and Clear Lines Festival. Clear Lines started in 2015 as the UK's first festival addressing sexual assault and consent through the arts and discussion. Since then, their events have continued to promote a survivor-centered dialogue that emphasizes creativity, community, and artistic self-expression. You can check out their website with videos of past events at:


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This podcast is supported by Arts Council England.

Writing Coercive Control
Conversations with six authors, sharing works exploring coercive control in domestic, workplace, national, and trans-cultural spheres. A 2024 Arts Council England-funded podcast from writer Abigail Tarttelin and Clear Lines Festival.
|| Follow Abigail’s work at abigailtarttelin.substack.com and on Instagram @abigailtarttelin_ || Find out more about Clear Lines Festival: www.clearlines.org.uk