Kristyn Dunnion grew up in Essex County, the southern most tip of Canada, and now makes her home in Toronto. She has authored six books including "Stoop City" (Biblioasis, 2020), winner of the 2021 ReLit Award for short fiction, and "Tarry This Night" (Arsenal Pulp Press, 2017). "The Dirt Chronicles" (Arsenal Pulp Press, 2011) was a Lambda Literary Award finalist. Recent fiction appears in Best Canadian Stories 2020, Orca, and Toronto 2033. She is an Acker Award recipient and winner of the Metcalf-Rooke Award. Dunnion is a support worker for marginally housed adults with serious mental illness, a heavy metal bassist and a queer punk performance artist.
Kristyn facilitates innovative, hands-on creative writing workshops for writers of all ages/experience levels. She has a special interest in workshops that focus on story and character development, on maintaining a sustainable artistic practice, and on combining environmental and social justice issues with creative writing. Workshops can be tailored to accommodate the group's' needs.
Kristyn will read age-appropriate excerpts from her work, make connections to the larger themes in the work and discuss her motivation for writing as a form of social critique or resistance. An informal Q & A to encourage student participation is an option.