Events & Workshops

Event Type
SWG Event

Start: March 12, 2024 - 12:00 pm
To: 1:00 pm (SK Time)
Online via Zoom
Cat Abenstein - Program Manager
Start: March 12, 2024 - 12:00 pm
To: 1:00 pm (SK Time)

First Draft: Conversations on Writing with Taidgh Lynch and Elena Bentley


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Accessibility measures in this event:

  • Live auto-captions through Zoom during the live event
  • (TBD) A read-along copy of the presenter's talk is available during the live event only
  • Presenter self-descriptions
  • This event will be recorded, captioned, and made available for 30 days on the SWG YouTube channel following the event:
  • Transcript of the event available upon request


First Draft: Conversations on Writing is an online talk series that dives into themes that affect our writing lives. Writing helps us to understand things and to communicate these findings to our audience, even if our audience is ourselves. Sometimes we are driven by these themes, other times they’re the things that hold us back – what we learn through the process can be revolutionary. The quest to be understood unifies all writers.


This event features a 15-minute talk presented by Taidgh Lynch, around the theme of grief. Following the talk is an interview conversation with Elena Bentley to dig deeper into the theme.


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“Everything glittered like blank paper.”

  • Writing in, through, and around grief


Join Taidgh Lynch and interviewer Elena Bentley for a discussion about grief and writing—a subject that many may have some experience with. Taidgh will share how a line of Sylvia Plath’s poetry helped him reflect on his personal losses. Themes explored in this session will include managing expectations, self-compassion, being less serious, and trying new things. Taidgh will share his thoughts and experiences on his ongoing writing practice in his attempt to write in, through, and around grief.




Taidgh Lynch is a poet and caregiver from Killarney, Ireland. He completed an MFA in Writing at the University of Saskatchewan in 2019. Taidgh was awarded an Independent Artist Grant in 2022 from SK Arts to complete his poetry manuscript Flash and Shadow (under review). His poetry has appeared in Grain, Prairie Fireuntethered magazineThe Waxed Lemon, and elsewhere. His poetry chapbook, First Lift Here was published with JackPine Press (2019). Taidgh lives in Saskatoon with his wife and their child with complex medical needs. 








Elena Bentley (MA English, University of Toronto) is a multi-genre writer and proud Métis aunty. Her poetry chapbook, taliped, was a finalist in the 2022 Vallum Chapbook Award and was recently published by 845 Press. Her poems can be found in various literary journals, including Arc Poetry, Room, The Malahat Review, and PRISM international. She is the Interim Editor for Grain Magazine.











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