Writing the Body

Writing the Body

Who: Leah Kaminsky
Sunday 23 July, 10am-4pm
Cost: Full Price:
$180; Member: $125; Conc Member: $110

The body has always been a rich source of inspiration for writers. In this workshop with author Leah Kaminsky, you’ll draw on powerful texts and exercises to help give voice to your own physical experience and explore how stories of the body can be used as a powerful tool for both healing and creativity.

By exploring original examples and through group discussion, you’ll be inspired by the canon of work in which the body is represented in its various forms. Using prompts ranging from poetry books to anatomy texts, a series of exercises throughout the day will help you develop your ability to represent the body and illness narratives by developing fresh language to rid the shackles of cliché. 

This will be a generative workshop, so come prepared to take on challenges to break through to a new level in your writing.

Expected Learning Outcomes

  • to understand new techniques for representing the body
  • to explore the richness of illness narratives
  • to practice breaking cliché in order to help your writing jump off the page 

Participant Requirements
Pen and paper

About the tutor
Leah Kaminsky
is a physician and award-winning writer. Her debut novel, The Waiting Room, won the prestigious Voss Literary Prize (Vintage Australia 2015, Harper Perennial US 2016). She is Poetry & Fiction Editor at the MJA and contributing writer at Panorama: The journal of intelligent travel. Her book We’re all Going to Die has been described as ‘a joyful book about death’ (Harper Collins, 2016). She edited Writer MD (Knopf US, starred on Booklist) and co-authored Cracking the Code (Vintage 2015). Stitching Things Together was a finalist in the Anne Elder Award. She holds an MFA from Vermont College of Fine Arts. Visit


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