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Doing It For Ourselves:

Writing Poetry of Lived Experience

Writing workshop with Triny Finlay

June 12, 2022 | 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. | Community Peace Centre, Moncton


Are you yearning to write about something from your own life experience? Something joyful, something heartbreaking, or something you’ve never shared with anyone before? In this workshop, transform your ideas and personal stories into poetry using writing prompts, conversation, and the workshop format. Join acclaimed poet Triny Finlay—whose recent book Myself A Paperclip details her experiences with mental illnesses and stigma—as we write poems about the things that matter most to us.

Offered in partnership with the Writers Federation of New Brunswick and MAGMA.

About the author

Triny Finlay is a queer poet, writer, teacher, and mother. 


Her latest book, Myself A Paperclip (Goose Lane, 2021), explores her experiences with mental illnesses, their treatments, and stigma. She is also the author of the critically-acclaimed books Splitting Off (Nightwood, 2004) and Histories Haunt Us (Nightwood, 2010), along with the chapbooks You don’t want what I’ve got (Junction, 2018) and Phobic (Gaspereau, 2006). Her writing has also appeared in anthologies and journals such as Breathing Fire 2: Canada’s New Poets, The Fiddlehead, Grain, The London Reader, The Malahat Review, Marsh Blue Violet: A Queer New Brunswick Anthology, and Plenitude. Triny Finlay’s creative work intersects with her research and teaching interests, which include creative writing, contemporary Canadian literatures, poetics, the long poem, genre theory, and gender and sexuality in literature. 


She lives in Fredericton, NB, where she teaches English and Creative Writing at the University of New Brunswick.


Photo: Annie France Noël