Writing NSW

Online: Writing Bodies with Amanda Niehaus

Join Amanda Niehaus for this online writing course exploring innovative approaches to writing bodies.

Workshops & Courses

Event Details


Workshops & Courses

Event Starts

Sep 7, 2022

Event Ends

Sep 13, 2022

Wednesday 7 to Tuesday 13 September 2022, online


Full Price: $210
Member: $155
Conc Member: $135


Our bodies carry us through our lives, but what do we carry in our bodies, or on them? Bodies are an essential part of fictional or nonfictional worlds, and writers can use biological knowledge of the body to create deeper characters and more immersive scenes. Join Amanda Niehaus for this online writing course exploring innovative approaches to writing bodies.

First, we will explore aspects of the body, including the evolution of bodily forms, the names of organs, and the regenerative capacity of cells, and discuss how writers can use them to frame and prompt new work, and improve their skills at writing characters.

For many of us, our bodies take on different roles over our lives: growth spurts, puberty, reproduction, disability, illness, ageing. We will also look at the ways that our bodies mark our lived experiences, via our microbiota, shifts in the expression of our DNA, immunity, and the accumulation of scar tissue, microchimerism, and latent viruses. We will discuss the metaphorical and physical weight of lived experiences, their portrayal in literature, and experiment with literary and biological prompts to create new work.


For more information visit https://writingnsw.org.au/whats-on/courses/online-writing-bodies-2022/