21st Annual Conference



Dates: 28-30 November, 2016
Venue: University of Canberra, Centre for Creative and Cultural Research

AAWP was established at the inaugural conference in 1996. It now holds annual conferences at campuses around Australasia. The annual conference is the most important forum in Australia for the discussion of all aspects of teaching creative and professional writing and for debating current theories on creativity and writing. This year, the conference will be hosted by the University of Canberra.

Registration is now open! Visit the University of Canberra’s Conference information page for full venue details, and click here to register.


Sholeh Wolpé

Collaborating with the Dead: Authorised Theft in Translation as Re-CreationSholehWolpe2_by-Sophie-Kandaouroff

Biography: Sholeh Wolpé is an Iranian-born poet and literary translator. She is the recipient of the 2014 PEN/Heim, 2013 Midwest Book Award and 2010 Lois Roth Persian Translation prize. Wolpé’s nine books include, Keeping Time with Blue Hyacinths, Rooftops of Tehran, Sin —Selected Poems of Forugh Farrokhzad, and The Forbidden: Poems from Iran and Its Exiles. Wolpé’s modern translation of Conference of the Birds by the 12th century Iranian mystic poet, Attar, is forthcoming from W.W. Norton in 2017. Her work has been translated into many languages, and a collection of her poems, Cómo Escribir una Canción de Amor, will be published in Spanish both in Spain and Mexico in 2016. Website: www.sholehwolpe.com.


Michael Grenfell

Stealing Others’ Lives: Constructing Aesthetic BiographiesMichael-Grenfell

Biography: Michael Grenfell has worked at universities in England, Scotland and Ireland and held Chair positions within each. He has an extensive research background on the work of the French social theorist Pierre Bourdieu, and has applied this approach to such areas as economics, art, music, education, translation and literature. He has been a visiting scholar at the École des Hautes Études and the Collège de France, Paris. He is on the editorial board of Actes de la Recherche en Sciences Sociales, which Bourdieu founded, and has published some sixteen books and numerous academic articles on related subjects. He is currently researching various biographies within the music, art and literary fields.


Due date 31 July 2016

Papers are invited in four streams:

  1. a refereed scholarly stream (a work of scholarship on or about creative practice, intended for inclusion in the published conference proceedings);
  2. a refereed creative stream (a creative work accompanied by a scholarly research statement, intended for inclusion in the published conference proceedings);
  3. a general (non-refereed) scholarly stream; and
  4. a general (non-refereed) creative stream; this should incorporate a scholarly framework that will be presented along with the creative element.

Papers and creative presentations are encouraged to explore, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Writing as homage or as theft
  • Collaborative practice
  • The economy of writing
  • Indigenous writing and Australasia
  • Sociologies of writing
  • Changing the guard: generational change in writing
  • The ethics of transgression
  • Writing and dispossession
  • Writing and property, and ownership, and authority

For more information and how to submit, see the Call for Papers

NOTE: Delegates must be members of the AAWP at the time of the conference to present. AAWP Membership fees for 1 year are $90.00 (full membership) or $35.00 (concession) and are additional to the registration for this conference. Please click here to renew your membership.


  • Abstracts and papers for review due 31 July 2016 (see Call for Papers)
  • Conference registration opens 1 August 2016
  • Early bird registration closes 30 September 2016
  • Peer review reports due 1 October 2016


The printed Conference Booklet will be made available in due course


This conference is hosted by the Centre for Creative and Cultural Research at the University of Canberra

Committee chair: Niloofar Fanaiyan

Committee members:  Monica Carroll, Jen Crawford, Caren Florance, Katie Hayne, Paul Hetherington, Paul Munden, Shane Strange, Jen Webb, and Jordan Williams

Please address correspondence to aawp.conference@canberra.edu.au

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