Creative Writing Research

The Creative Writing staff in the School of the Arts & Media are a highly productive and dynamic group which undertakes creative research as well as scholarly work across a range of fields. Our creative practice research and publications rank in the highest national echelon as demonstrated in the 2012 Excellence for Research in Australia report, which awarded UNSW a score of 5 out of 5 for Studies in Creative Arts and Writing.

We work across a range of creative writing genres such as fictocriticism (Anne Brewster), novel and short fiction (Stephanie Bishop and Paul Dawson) and poetry (Paul Dawson). In the field of scholarly research (as it relates to creative writing) our major areas of expertise include Paul Dawson’s work on narrative theory, Anne Brewster’s work on fictocriticism, and Stephanie Bishop’s work on poetics.

Our staff regularly publish their research and creative writing in top scholarly and literary journals such as Meanjin, Island, Southerly, Overland, Australian Poetry Journal, TEXT, Outskirts, Australian Literary Studies, Cultural Studies Review, Narrative, and Studies in the Novel.

We publish reviews and essays regularly in a range of newspapers such as The Times Literary Supplement, The Australian, Sydney Review of Books and The Sydney Morning Herald.

We present our research and creative writing at important national and international conferences and literary festivals, and are invited to conduct master classes and deliver keynote addresses nationally and internationally. 

Our staff have won awards such as the Readings Prize for New Australian Fiction, and the IP Picks Best Poetry Award, and have been highly commended and shortlisted for the Kathleen Mitchell Award, the Vogel award and The Victorian Premier’s Award.

We have won grants such as the Australian Research Council’s Discovery Project grants and the Australia Council New Work Grants.

We are invited to judge major national and international literary competitions including the Commonwealth Writers Prize, the NSW Premier’s Literary Awards, the Society of Women Writers’ Awards and the Lionel Bowen Young Writers’ Award.

Selected Publications by our Creative Writing Staff


Stephanie Bishop

  • The Other Side of the World (Hachette, 2015)
  • The Singing (Brandl and Schlesinger, 2005)


Paul DawsonImagining Winter (Interactive Press, 2006) 


Anne Brewster:

  • Heart’, in 'Whaddya Know?' Writings for Syd Harrex, Blaber B, (ed.), Wakefield Press, 2015
  • ‘Travelogue’ in Outskirts: feminisms along the edge. 20 May.
  • ‘Writing Whiteness: the Personal Turn’ Australian Humanities Review, 35, June, 2005. 
  • ‘Strangeness, Magic and Writing”, Cultural Studies Review, 9 (2), November, 2003 pp. 157-63

Publications on the Pedagogy of Creative Writing by our Staff

Paul DawsonCreative Writing and the New Humanities (Routledge, 2005).

Anne Brewster:

  • 'Making language your own: Brainstorming, heteroglossia and poetry', in Writing Academic Texts Differently: Intersectional Feminist Methodologies and the Playful Art of Writing, Routledge, 2014: pp. 180 – 193.
  • 'Whiteness and affect; the embodied ethics of relationality', in Writing Academic Texts Differently: Intersectional Feminist Methodologies and the Playful Art of Writing, Routledge, 2014: pp. 62 – 79.

Stephanie Bishop: ‘Silent Reading: the Read Voice’, TEXT, Volume 17, No 1, April 2013

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