5 DECEMBER 9:30-12:30PM

Forget Being Creative - Write a Poem

Writers are sometimes hamstrung by trying to come up with a big feeling or truth to hold up a poem, but there are many great ways you can use concept, form, or even another text, to find your way into a poem.


Local poet Elizabeth Kirkby-McLeod's bestselling and acclaimed collection, Family Instructions Upon Release, was built on the words of a play script! Join her for conceptual and unoriginal poetry exercises and find a way into your poetry through experimentation, rather than waiting for genius to strike!

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Elizabeth (Libby) Kirkby-McLeod is a New Zealand author whose poetry and writing have appeared in a range of New Zealand journals, online publications, and in the public art installation, In Our Words in downtown Auckland. Her work has featured most recently in More Favourable Waters: Aotearoa poets respond to Dante’s Purgatory (The Cuba Press).

Her first poetry collection Family Instructions Upon Release was published in 2019 (The Cuba Press) to great reviews. Elizabeth has a First Class Master of Creative Writing from AUT,  is an active member of the NZSA and produces the NZSA Oral History Podcast series.