Writing the Body

Become a more intuitive and better writer.
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  • Lissa M. Cowan Author, Storyteller, Creativity and Writing Coach

    Lissa M. Cowan helps people become better writers and reconnect to their creativity. She is the author of Milk Fever, a novel, is a Huffington Post blogger and writes regularly for Canadian and U.S. magazines and newspapers. She speaks and writes about writing, storytelling and creativity.

    She has been writing and telling stories in one form or another since she was six years old and has received awards for her writing from the University of Victoria’s Writing Department and from The Banff Centre, Alberta. She is an alumna of The Banff Centre and The Victoria School of Writing.

    Lissa believes that inspiration for writing can come from anywhere and that lifelong creativity begins by cultivating a deep awareness of ourselves, and our place in the world. She coaches her students to develop the skills to trust their intuition.

    She holds a Master of Arts degree in English Studies from l’Université de Montréal and a Harvey Southam Graduate Diploma in Writing and Editing from the University of Victoria, British Columbia. She lives part time in Toronto and on Vancouver Island.

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Writing the Body

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Welcome to Writing the Body.

This course includes writing exercises and audio meditations to help you access the body's wisdom and become a more intuitive and better writer.

Using exercises that connect you to your intuition, and through inspirational quotes and excerpts by poets, mystics and writers, along with writing exercises that I have developed over several years, Writing the Body helps you (as one student said) "feel into the art of writing."

If you're looking to deepen your experience of writing and to allow the body--rather than the mind--to take the lead, then this course is for you.

I tailored the exercises so that students can spend less or more time depending on what interests them.

1) Download the materials and write in the shaded boxes for each exercise.

2) Listen to the meditations for each section. These are found starting in Section 7.

The course includes

  • 4.5 minute introductory video
  • 14 audio meditations
  • 62 pages of materials
  • 27 writing exercises
  • 14 body exercises
  • Quiz

Design of course materials by Pam Lostracco, artist, designer, muralist.

Many thanks to Anita Neufeld for her video and editing expertise, and to Christine Gibson of Code N Graphics for her participation as "student" in the film.

    • There are no requirements for this course other than an interest in discovering your voice through writing and exploring your creativity.
    • Over 21 lectures and 1.5 hours of content!
    • You will explore writing exercises that encourage deep listening and awareness.
    • The writing exercises teach you how to open up to your surroundings in order to be a better writer.
    • You will learn some techniques and strategies to integrate creative work into your life so it becomes a lifelong habit.
    • You will develop strategies to tame your inner voices and negative self-talk.
    • Those who want to explore their creativity through writing.
    • Those who want to learn how to write more intuitively.
    • People who want to become better writers.
    • Those who want to explore the mind-body connection through writing.
    • Those wanting to journal and discover unknown parts of themselves through creative work.
    • Those wanting to experience creative flow on a daily basis.
    • People who have had trauma or suffer from illness and want to connect to the body’s wisdom on their journey to healing.


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  • SECTION 1:
    What is Creativity?
  • 1
    Accessing Your Creativity
    11 slides

    Module 1-- Accessing your inner creative source

    Where does creativity begin? How does it manifest within us? Oftentimes, we have an idea for a story or poem and work towards what we think the final outcome should be like. Yet only using the mind when we write gives us a narrow view of the creative process. Exercises and readings in this module will encourage you to connect to the body in a way that develops increased awareness and eventually brings your own writing to life. How does it feel in your body when you write? Do you notice any aches, pains or areas that require attention? We will move through these and other questions as you strengthen your connection to your body, enter into a meaningful and loving dialogue with yourself and expand your sensual awareness.

    Intentions for Module 1

    1. Learn to notice how your body feels when you write.
    2. Learn to listen to what your body is telling you and to follow your inner guidance.
    3. Explore ways to use your body or intuition to guide the creative process.
    4. Develop the ability to write from a deep place of knowing.

  • SECTION 2:
    What's Your Story?
  • 2
    Making Friends With Your Mind Voices
    11 slides

    Module 2 – Taming the mind voices

    If you have ever meditated before then you’ll know how difficult it is to calm your mind. No sooner do we sit down, when we are distracted by our thoughts. When we write there are all kinds of voices that can come up, and not just ones that remind you to buy milk or take out the garbage. Writing is a quiet, solitary activity that creates a sacred and safe space for connecting to your authentic self. Yet our inner voices might not want us to connect to the divine. As an example, they might say that we have no business taking time for ourselves to write. When we learn to acknowledge the voices without letting them run the show and discover the reasons why they are there, we can eventually tune into other more positive and powerful messages conveyed by the body.

    Intentions for Module 2

    1. Learn to be aware of the parts of yourself that make you feel small.
    2. Accept that your voices exist and invite them to partake in your creative process.
    3. Practice self-love as you open to your creativeness.
    4. Use the voices as a way to strengthen your creative potential.

  • SECTION 3:
    Learn How to Connect to Your Body's Wisdom
  • 3
    We All Have Stories to Share
    12 slides

    Module 3 – Listening to the body’s messages

    All creative acts begin in the body. Listening to what your body is telling you can help you to develop authentic stories that not only make you come alive but also connect you to others through your writing. Exercises and readings in this module will help you to identify the body’s messages and develop a grounded and vibrant mind-body connection. What are some messages your body is telling you? How can you learn to tune into them and access the body’s wisdom whenever you wish? Here, we will also look at the role of dreams in self-discovery and the creative process.

    Intentions for Module 3

    1. Practice deep listening.
    2. Develop a grounded and vibrant mind-body connection.
    3. Use the messages you hear to fuel your writing practice.
    4. Learn to access the body’s wisdom whenever you wish.

  • SECTION 4:
    How to Develop Creative Awareness
  • 4
    Tapping into Your Hidden Stories
    12 slides

    Module 4 – Body messages as stories
    Our bodies are made up of water, fat, muscle and bone, but also memories and stories about our past and of who we are. Being able to access the abundant creative source locked in the body is critical to expanding our creative awareness. Being more connected to our physical experience also allows us to connect more deeply to our characters’ lives and to the worlds they inhabit. We learn to create authentic situations in our writing and to craft stories that ring true to others and to us. As we become better acquainted with our bodies we learn to use the body’s messages as creative nourishment for our writing.

    Intentions for Module 4

    1. Practice expanding your creative awareness.
    2. Connect more deeply to how it feels to simply be.
    3. Use the body’s messages as creative nourishment for your writing.
    4. Learn to write authentically.

  • SECTION 5:
    Learn to Tune In
  • 5
    Creating a Writing Habit
    16 slides

    Module 5 – Lifelong creative practice
    Committing to the creative process shows self-love and a recognition that we are worthy. When we take time to connect to the body’s wisdom through a creative act such as writing, we discover our true nature. This module will teach you how to develop strategies to ground yourself in the present in order to create your sacred space for self-expression. What items inspire you in your life and how can you use them to your creative advantage? Perhaps you have an inspiring statue or favourite pen you can bring into your writing space. Or maybe you have found that writing by hand rather than on a computer connects you in a more direct way to your body and its wisdom. Remember that there is no difference between the spiritual and physical realm; they are one in the same. When we nurture a deeper connection to material life we begin to uncover the life of the body and to forge a true relationship to the world--our divine birthright.

    Intentions for Module 5

    1. Learn to see what is beneath the surface of things.
    2. Draw on your stories and those of your ancestors for inspiration.
    3. Learn to view your dreams as connecting you to your true nature.
    4. Commit to showing up creatively every day.

  • SECTION 6:
    Creativity Quiz and Resources
  • 6
    How creative are you?
    10 questions
  • 7
    1 page

    A brief introduction of materials for study. Please note that there are dozens more amazing resources out there. This is just a start!

  • SECTION 7:
    What is Creativity?
  • 8
    Your Body’s Wisdom (Exercise #1)

    This exercise will begin to make you aware of the connection between body awareness and creativity.

  • 9
    The Pelvic Bowl (Exercise #2)

    This exercise explores the 'cradle of our being.'

  • SECTION 8:
    What's Your Story?
  • 10
    What is Your Creative Mantra (Exercise #1)

    Do you have a creativity mantra? This exercise explores the connection between our thoughts and body sensations.

  • 11
    Prepare Yourself for Writing (Exercise #2)

    This is a writing exercise to help you de-stress.

  • SECTION 9:
    Learn How to Connect to Your Body's Wisdom
  • 12
    Sweeping Away the Cobwebs (Exercise #1)

    This exercise will get you ready and limbered up for writing.

  • 13
    Nature and the Senses (Exercise #2)

    This exercise looks at the importance of your senses when creating.

  • 14
    Body Feelings and Emotions (Exercise #3)

    This exercise looks at the colour, depth and texture of emotion and how it interacts with the body.

  • 15
    The Many Wonders of the Heart (Exercise #4)

    This exercise helps you connect more readily to your heart.

  • 16
    The Divine Life of the Body (Exercise #5)

    This exercise teaches how to access the body's wisdom with greater ease.

  • SECTION 10:
    How to Develop Creative Awareness
  • 17
    Receiving What is Around You (Exercise #1)

    This exercise is about taking time to receive the world around you without judging or reacting.

  • 18
    Body Messages as Stories (Exercise #2)

    This exercise helps you learn to use body awareness in your writing.

  • SECTION 11:
    Learn to Tune In
  • 19
    Picture a Person (Exercise #1)

    The exercise helps you begin to imagine a character for your story.

  • 20
    Receive Your Story (Exercise #2)

    This exercise helps you learn to tune in and receive your stories.

  • 21
    Art as a Window (Exercise #3)

    This exercise helps you connect more deeply to the creative source within you.

  • 22
    Remember What You Saw (Exercise #4)

    This exercise is about art's ability to help you delve deeply into your emotions and to encounter unknown parts of yourself.


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  • Diana Condolo
    Writing the Body: accessing the inner creative source

    This is an excellent course to discover how to use the body, and the untapped intuition found within, to connect with writing. There were days when I spent more time with the course than I set out to, because I was thoroughly enjoying myself. I loved that this course allowed me to be in the flow and freely expressing myself without judgment.

  • Jess
    Absolutely brilliant

    This course exceeded my already high expectations. Cowan is so thorough in her teaching, I highly recommend to anyone looking to expand their creativity and their own understanding.

  • Sergiu Funieru
    Think you're not creative? Think again!

    If you fear you're not creative, this course will show you that, in fact, you are but you haven't yet realized it. –Sergiu FUNIERU

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