ONLINE WORKSHOP: Writing Change: The Environment, Climate Change and You

Portrait of Amanda Niehaus
31 October 2020 - 10:00 to 4:00 PM
Amanda Niehaus
In this workshop, we will discuss and write the important stories in our lives—our lived experiences, family histories, folk tales and other stories that have shaped who we are—and then relate these stories to the environment and environmental issues we care about. Using prompts, we will generate the bones of an essay that weaves the personal with the environmental, showing participants how personal stories can help readers better connect with scientific ideas and environmental principles to incite change.

This workshop will be taught online. Detailed instructions for participation will be provided to all writers. 

Included in this course:

  • 2.5 hours of guidance, information, and directed teaching 
  • A curated reading list for context and inspiration
  • Writing exercises to help hone your craft and reinforce your new skills
  • 1 hour interactive webinar for questions, clarifications, and skills extension
  • Personalised feedback from Amanda on a piece of writing up to 500 words 

Learning outcomes

  • Why facts alone aren’t enough to incite change around environmental issues

  • How to draw inspiration from the stories that have shaped you

  • How to connect with diverse readers

  • How to motivate environmental action

  • Why generosity matters


Schedule for the Day:

  • 10 - 11:15am: First webinar with Amanda Niehaus
  • 11:45am - 1pm: Second webinar with Amanda Niehaus
  • 3 - 4pm: Interactive webinar for questions, clarifications, and more casual instructions based on your experiences
  • 500-word pieces to be sent to Amanda for feedback

About Amanda Niehaus

Amanda Niehaus is a biologist and writer living in Brisbane, Australia. Her writing has appeared in Creative Nonfiction, The Guardian, Nature, Griffith Review, and Overland, among others, and her story “Breeding Season” won the 2017 VU Short Story Prize. Her first novel, The Breeding Season, weaves science with fiction in a story of loss, love, and northern quolls.

If you’re purchasing a full price workshop at $215, consider a full price one-year membership ($75) plus member-priced workshop ($155) will cost just $230 and give you discounts on all our services plus six free copies of ‘The Victorian Writer’ magazine.


And if you have a concession card, a one-year membership ($55) plus member-concession workshop ($135) will cost you only $190.

176 Little Lonsdale Street
Melbourne, VIC 3000

Phone: 0390947895
Concession $ 135.00
Member $ 155.00
Non-member $ 215.00
Donation $ 0.00

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