ONLINE WORKSHOP: Writing Animals

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20 November 2021 - 10:00 to 4:00 PM
Laura Jean McKay
What does it mean to write animals now? People have been depicting nonhuman animals for millennia, but how can we create meaningful nonhuman animal characters in 2021? In this course we look at ourselves as writing animals and how we can write other animals in a meaningful way, drawing from examples of animal fiction as well as the climate changed environment that affects habitats and animal lives, including our own. Through reading, workshopping and exercises we explore the nonhuman in fiction that roars.

This workshop will take place online. Detailed instructions for participation will be provided.

You will learn:

  • How other writers have written nonhuman animals
  • How to read and write for animals
  • How you might depict nonhuman animals in your fiction
  • How representation and anthropomorphism play out in animal fiction
  • How to develop nonhuman animal–driven narratives


About Laura Jean McKay

Laura Jean McKay is the author of The Animals in That Country (Scribe 2020) - winner of the Victorian Premier's Literary Award for Fiction and the Victorian Prize for Literature 2021. She is also the author of Holiday in Cambodia (Black Inc., 2013). Laura is a Lecturer in Creative Writing at Massey University.

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Phone: 90947840
Concession $ 135.00
Member $ 155.00
Non-member $ 215.00
Donation $ 0.00

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