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Historical fiction celebration comes to Melbourne

8-10 September 2017

In a few days, readers and writers of one of the world’s most popular fiction genres come together in Melbourne.

Some of Australia and New Zealand’s biggest name in publishing will appear at this weekend’s celebration of historical fiction. Kerry Greenwood, Kate Forsyth, Deborah Challinor and Sulari Gentill are among the many authors who will share their thoughts on writing, research and history.

The Historical Novel conference showcases over 60 speakers on history, craft, research, inspiration, and publishing pathways. You can hear from acclaimed writers such as Lucy Treloar, Sophie Masson, , Robert Gott, Arnold Zable, Gary Crew, Melissa Ashley, Kate Mildenhall, Juliet Marillier, Pamela Hart, Kelly Gardiner and Libby Hathorn.

The conference, with a theme of ‘Identity: Origins and Diaspora’, opens this Friday with a cocktail party, followed by a lively round table discussion. Arnold Zable, Gary Crew, Hanifa Deen and Ngahuia te Awekotuku will discuss portrayals of early colonial encounters and migrant experiences.

Some places are still available for skills-based super sessions on everything from armour to romance to research skills and writing software; and for academic panels featuring academics, writers and postgraduates from a wide range of universities.

The conference is organised by the Historical Novel Society Australasia (HNSA), and will be held over the weekend of 8-10 September 2017, at Swinburne University of Technology. More information at www.hnsa.org.au


Note: For details contact Elisabeth Storrs, HNSA programme director at contact@hnsa.org.au

Special Issue of Axon: Materiality, creativity, material poetics

Call for papers: Special Issue of Axon: Creative Explorations, Edited by Caren Florance, Jen Webb, Jordan Williams

There has been a great deal of thinking and publishing on the topic of image-and-text. Do they fit together? And if so, how? Reid and Turner, in their introduction to the 1994 issue of Yale French Studies, titled Boundaries: Writing & Drawing, write:

We are all aware of the narrative history of the disjunction which, from the very beginning, heralds the relation between writing and drawing.

Many scholars and creative practitioners have tested out the boundaries between writing and drawing, text and image, abstract thought and material actuality, finding instances where those apparently divided by form have found ways to converse, or even to cohabit. Wallace Stevens, for instance, urges poets (and other artists) to aim for: “Not ideas about the thing, but the thing itself” (1983: 565). Francis Ponge uses abstract language to remind us about the thingliness of things, saying: “there is in the orange a yearning to recover its content after having been subjected to the ordeal of squeezing” (1972: 36–37). Stevens, the poet of ideas, and Ponge, the poet of things, both prompt us to construct bridges capable of traversing the boundaries between word and object, ideas about the thing and the thing itself.

We are interested in receiving papers, photo essays, interviews, and creative works that address both the breach, and the connections, between text and image: between the material and the poetic. We are interested too in submissions that consider how material poetics might go beyond mere quotidian meaning to achieve a deepened, kinaesthetic experience of the world, one that brings into the poetic present the worlds of objects and emotions.

We invite writers, artists, philosophers and fellow travelers to present papers (visual, verbal, or both; poetical, theoretical, or both) that explore, examine and elucidate the concept of materiality.

The Special Issue will be published in October 2018 in the open access journal Axon: Creative Explorations (http://axonjournal.com.au/)

Queries, EOIs et al to jen.webb@canberra.edu.au


24 December 2017: Papers submitted for peer review process

28 February 2018: Peer review reports returned to contributors

31 May 2018: Final papers submitted to Axon for editing

31 October 2018: Publication goes live

Creative Writing/Literature PhD project available at Curtin

A creative writing/literature PhD position is now open for application at Curtin University for an innovative collaborative PhD program with the University of Aberdeen commencing early 2018.

The PhD candidate will be enrolled at both Curtin University and University of Aberdeen and will, on completion, receive a joint award. The first and third years will be spent based at Curtin (Bentley campus, Western Australia) with the second year based in Aberdeen, Scotland. The candidate will receive world-class supervision from staff at both universities. The position will be fee-waived (ie no fees payable) and with an APA scholarship for three years.

High calibre honours or Masters students or graduates are invited to contact Dr Rachel Robertson, Senior Lecturer at Curtin University on R.Robertson@curtin.edu.au or 08 9266 2615 to discuss this opportunity.

The proposed project, which is open to negotiation, is around travel writing.

Travel Writing Project

This project explores the literature of travel and travel writing through a literary and/or creative practice lens. Projects could include:

  • Writing a travel narrative (creative non-fiction)
  • Analysis of travel writing
  • Examination of tropes of travel in fiction, non-fiction or poetry
  • Comparison of Australian and Scottish literatures of travel
  • Historical travel writing
  • Newer forms of travel writing (eg blogging, multi-media or experimental writing about travel)
  • Contested issues in travel writing (eg the role of the tourist, new environmental perspectives, post-colonial perspectives)
  • Other aspects of creative writing and travel.

Curtin University contact person: Rachel Robertson (R.Robertson@curtin.edu.au).

Special issue of Across the Disciplines: Call for Papers

Across the Disciplines

Interdisciplinary Perspectives on Language, Learning and Academic Writing

Call for Proposals

A special issue of Across the Disciplines, Spring 2018

From the Margins to the Centre: The Future of University Literacy Support and Writing Across the Curriculum in Australia and New Zealand

Guest editors: Stephen Johnson, Murdoch University, Susan Thomas, University of Sydney, and Karen Vered, Flinders University

As a result of evolving pedagogical practice, employer feedback, and institutional reforms, student literacy for all students in Australasia (not just international students) is now a priority. The former deficit-remediation model has been superseded by a range of “whole of institution/program” and “curriculum-based” interdisciplinary approaches which support students’ literacy and communication development throughout their university years. Australian and New Zealand universities are shifting the way they conceive, articulate, and approach the development of student communication skills, reading, writing, and literacy within the disciplines and across the curriculum. With a greater focus on graduate outcomes, widening participation, and preparing students for rapid entry into the information economy, ever mindful of disciplinary distinctions and congruencies, universities are now reconsidering what literacy development means across the curriculum for graduate employability, global citizenship, and life-long learning. In a tertiary context with no strong traditions of First Year Writing, WAC, or Writing Centers, and where a Bachelor’s degree is a three-year course of study, these initiatives are developing under cultural circumstances that present distinct opportunities and constraints.

ATD seeks papers from a range of perspectives and methodological approaches (e.g. research based, theoretical, historically informed, empirical, conceptual, comparative) addressing student development of literacy, communication, and writing across themes suggested below and their intersections:

  • Whole of institution approaches (e.g., Writing Across the Curriculum)
  • Program-level approaches (e.g., Writing in the Disciplines; profession-based accreditation)
  • Curriculum-based approaches (e.g., embedded writing and communication development)
  • Interdisciplinary approaches
  • Collaborations across professional units
  • Staff development initiatives
  • Scalability & sustainability
  • Literacy, Writing, & Professional Skills
  • Professional standards and accreditation
  • The role of writing centers and hubs
  • Digital/Blended learning
  • Academic honesty (e.g., assignments that encourage invention and discourage plagiarism)
  • Higher Degree Research student needs and progress
  • Institutional policy & practice
  • The impact of recent legislative changes on writing and literacy in higher education
  • Literacy “transfer” into and from higher education
  • Literacy & employability
  • Literacy & retention
  • Assessment of Writing, Communication, and Literacy Programs

Deadline for Proposals: October 1, 2017

Notification of Acceptance: October 30, 2017

Manuscripts Due: January 15, 2018

Publication: Fall 2018

Proposal Format: Please submit a 500-word proposal explaining your topic, the research and theoretical base on which you will draw, and your plans for the structure of your article, following the general guidelines for ATD. Send your proposal electronically (in MS Word format) to Margins to the Centre at MTC@flinders.edu.au and also to ATD editor Michael Pemberton at michaelp@georgiasouthern.edu. Please provide full contact information with your submission.

Axon Capsule 2: Call for submissions

Axon: Creative Explorations

The poetic line: Recent innovations

From Mallarmé onwards, the parameters of the line have been manipulated in diverse ways by poets from Williams to Olson, Howe, Hejinian and others. Whether concentrating on the concept of the breath as a defining unit, harnessing a particular speech rhythm or responding to visual prompts—some of which reflect the internet age and new media—the poetic line is neither static nor redundant in contemporary practice. An exploration of poetic structure via the line still offers vital alternatives to prose, yet may be deeply influenced by it.

The 2nd Axon capsule focuses on recent innovations and theories of the poetic line and will be published as soon as ready. The deadline for submissions is 1 October.

We invite contributions that discuss:

  • Creative practice which engages with experiments in lineation
  • Theories of lineation
  • Intersections between the poetic line and visual art
  • The line and typography
  • The line and performance
  • Tensions between the line and the sentence
  • The line and music
  • The line and digital media

The editor of this Axon capsule is Owen Bullock; send submissions to: Owen.Bullock@canberra.edu.au

Axon: Creative Explorations is an international peer-reviewed journal published under the auspices of the University of Canberra. The journal focuses on the characteristics of creativity and the creative process.

Submit to Meniscus

Have a piece of prose or poetry that you’re proud of? We’d love to read it!

Meniscus is an online, free access literary journal published by the Australasian Association of Writing Programs (AAWP). The editors and advisory board are based in Australia, New Zealand and the UK, and welcome submissions from writers anywhere in the world.

Meniscus publishes high quality, innovative poetry, short fiction, and creative essays in English, or in other languages with a good parallel translation. Meniscus publishes two issues a year: in April, and in October.

The Australian Copyright Agency Cultural Fund provides funding for the journal with the following proviso: that in each of the two issues each year (2017, 2018 and 2019) the writers of the best prose piece and the best poetry piece published will each receive $AUD1,000. At present, we regret, we cannot guarantee funding for any other contributors.

Click here for more details about how to submit

Varuna Residential Fellowships for Writers & Illustrators 2018

Applications open on 16 June 2017 and close 30 July 2017

Varuna the National Writers House invites writers and illustrators from across Australia to apply for a Varuna Residential Fellowship.

A Varuna Residential Fellowship offers writers and illustrators working across a wide range of literary genres and forms the gift of uninterrupted time and to develop a new work in an inspiring environment and a collegial atmosphere.

Fellowships include full board and accommodation including a private writing studio at Varuna the National Writers House in the world heritage Blue Mountains region of NSW.

Varuna assesses applications on merit and clarity of work plan and encourages writers from diverse backgrounds and at all stages of their career development to apply.

Varuna will award thirty Fellowships in 2017 with residencies of two or three weeks available to be taken between January and end of May 2018.

The quiet was the most crucial thing and the windows and the bookshelves, and the access to local walks. Dinners were wonderful! An excellent system of self-serve during the day and fantastic home cooked shared meal at night.

For full details of the program and to apply, please visit www.varuna.com.au email: varuna@varuna.com.au or phone: (02) 4782 5674

22nd Annual AAWP Conference CFP

We are calling for papers and panel proposals for our upcoming conference, Climates of Change, which will be held at Flinders University in Adelaide from 29 November to 1 December, 2017.

The conference conveners are seeking papers dealing with the theme of change in all of its forms, though the call for papers has a list of potential subjects to help you brainstorm. Click here for more information.

Unlike in previous years, in which presenters could have their papers peer-reviewed and published on our website, we will be working with a journal to produce two special issues: one for general delegates, and one for postgraduate and early-career researchers. More details about this arrangement will be announced closer to the date.

Paper and panel proposals are due: August 4, 2017


Emerging Writer’s Short Story Prize

Enter your short story to the AAWP/ASSF Short Story Prize for your chance to win.
If you win you will receive — a ticket to the Australian Short Story Festival (ASSF) 3-5 November 2017 (Adelaide), accommodation for the duration of the festival (maximum value $500) and return economy airfares (maximum value $500).
In addition, you will receive a one-year annual membership to the Australasian Association of Writing Programs (AAWP) and fully subsidised conference fees to attend the annual conference of the AAWP, where you are invited to read from your work. The editors at Meniscus will consider your work for publication.
Take advantage of this stunning opportunity to celebrate the craft of writing at the Australian Short Story festival. Be welcomed in to the thriving community of writers within the AAWP. Enter your short story and take advantage of this generous publication pathway and networking opportunity for emerging writers.  

Children’s Media Symposium: From Print to Screen

24–26 November, 2017

University of the Sunshine Coast, Queensland, Australia

The University of the Sunshine Coast’s School of Communication and Creative Industries invites conference paper submissions for its inaugural Children’s Media Symposium. This year’s theme is “From Print to Screen” and will feature keynote presentations from the ABC’s former Director of Television Kim Dalton OAM, celebrated children’s author Gary Crew, Oscar-winning illustrator Shaun Tan, and CEO of the Australian Children’s Television Foundation Jenny Buckland.

Convergence, transmedia storytelling, interactivity, fragmentation, the rise of social media and online streaming services have transformed the production and distribution of children’s media. The Children’s Media Symposium is a chance for the creative sector and the academic community to engage and collaborate in exploring the complex relations between this special audience and a fast-changing media landscape.

We invite submission of abstracts of 250 words for individual papers (20 minutes) or suggestions for three-paper panels. We welcome papers on screen adaptations of children’s literature; children’s screen content; the status of child consumers; writing for children and the image of the child in screen content and literature, in addition to other interpretations of this year’s theme.

Outstanding papers from this year’s symposium will be invited to appear in forthcoming issues of Australian Teachers of Media (ATOM) publications Metro and Screen Education.

Please send abstracts to ChildrensMedia@usc.edu.au by 30th June, 2017. Click here for more information