Lavanya Shanbhogue Arvind (India) was the winner of the Commonwealth Short Story Special Prize in 2011. Her winning story, ‘The Crystal Snuff Box and the Pappudum’, was adapted for radio by the Commonwealth Broadcasting Association. Lavanya’s short fiction has been published in both Indian and international presses. Most recently she is the author of The Heavens We Chase, a novel set in pre-partition India under the British colonial rule. Currently she is a feminist research scholar at the TATA Institute of Social Sciences (TISS), where she was awarded the Institute’s gold medal for academic performance, 2015–2017.

Andy Butler (Australia) is a Filipino-Australian writer and curator. His practice interrogates the tensions between structural Whiteness and diversity discourse in progressive communities. His non-fiction writing has appeared in Overland, Art+Australia and PEN Melbourne Quarterly. Andy also writes fiction, makes zines and performs spoken word. He performed at the 2017 Emerging Writers Festival, participated in the 2017 Emerging Cultural Leaders program and was awarded a Glenfern Fellowship through Writers Victoria. Andy is on the committee of Chapter House Lane gallery, and is a 2018/2019 Program Advisory Committee member for the Emerging Writers Festival. He studies in the Associate Degree of Professional Writing and Editing at RMIT.

Ali Cobby Eckermann’s (Australia) first collection little bit long time was written in the desert and launched her literary career in 2009. In 2013 Ali toured Ireland as Australian Poetry Ambassador and won the Kenneth Slessor Prize for Poetry and Book of The Year (NSW) for Ruby Moonlight, a massacre verse novel. In 2014 Ali was the inaugural recipient of the Tungkunungka Pintyanthi Fellowship at Adelaide Writers Week for her memoir Too Afraid To Cry, and the first Aboriginal Australian writer to attend the International Writing Program at University of Iowa. In 2017 Ali received a Windham Campbell Award for Poetry from Yale University, USA.


Han Yujoo’s (South Korea) debut novel, The Impossible Fairytale, translated into English and French from Korean, is her fourth work after three previously published collections of short stories: To the Moon, Book of Ice and My Left Hand the King, My Right Hand the King’s Scribe. Yujoo studied German literature at Hongik University and obtained a master’s degree in aesthetics from the Seoul National University, where she is now working toward another master’s degree in comparative literature. Her 2003 short story ‘To the Moon’ won Literature and Society’s New Writers Award, and in 2009 she won the prestigious Hankook Ilbo Literary Award.

Joshua Ip (Singapore) is a poet, editor and literary organiser. He has published four poetry collections and edited seven anthologies. He has won the Singapore Literature Prize, the Golden Point Award and the Young Artist Award from the National Arts Council (Singapore) in 2017. He founded Sing Lit Station, an over-active literary charity that runs community initiatives including SingPoWriMo, Manuscript Bootcamp, poetry.sg and several workshop groups.www.joshuaip.com


Fiona Murphy’s (Australia) writing has appeared in The Age, Kill Your Darlings, Meanjin online and Feminartsy, among other publications. She has been shortlisted for the Dorothy Porter Award for Poets. Fiona is an audio geek; she co-hosts the feminist podcast Literary Canon Ball and regularly reads the weekend news for Vision Australia Radio. Fiona studies in the Associate Degree of Professional Writing and Editing at RMIT.

Gratiagusti Chananya Rompas (Indonesia) is a poet whose poetry collections include Kota Ini Kembang Api and Non-Spesifik. She also has a column, ‘From Our Breakfast Table’, on The Murmur House. She is a founder of Komunitas BungaMatahari, an Indonesian poetry community that has embraced many poetry enthusiasts with its catchphrase ‘semua bisa berpuisi’ or, roughly translated, ‘poetry for all’. She is also involved in Selatan, an online literary journal in Bahasa Indonesia, and Paviliun Puisi, a monthly open mic poetry event. While she writes on the subjects of memory and place, she also explores themes of day-to-day life, motherhood and mental illness through writing in collaboration with other art forms, such as film, music, drawing, painting and dancing.

Rajith Savanadasa (Australia) was born in Colombo, Sri Lanka, and now lives in Melbourne. He was named a Sydney Morning Herald Best Young Australian Novelist in 2017 for his debut novel, Ruins, which was also shortlisted for the Australian Literary Society Gold Medal and the Readings Prize for New Australian Fiction. Rajith is currently a resident writer at The Malthouse Theatre where he’s in the process of writing his first play, a piece of documentary theatre.

Dicky Senda (Indonesia) is a writer and food activist, from Mollo in the highlands of Timor. He has published three short story collections and a poetry collection. Dicky has appeared at international writers festivals and participated in the ASEAN-Japan Residency Program in 2016. He founded the social enterprise Lakoat.Kujawas in his home village of Taiftob in 2016. An integrated art, library, co-working space and homestay, it produces local food and hosts food and literature-themed cultural events for local children and youth.

Saaro Umar (Australia) is a writer and artist based in Narrm/Melbourne. Saaro’s work has been published in Australian Poetry, Cordite, Scum and Expound. She placed runner up in the June Shenfield Poetry Award for Emerging Poets in 2016 and in the same year was the recipient of the Dorothy Hewett Fellowship. Saaro studies in the Bachelor of Arts (Creative Writing) at RMIT.



Daryll Delgado (The Philippines) won the 32nd National Book Award for Short Fiction for her first book of short stories, After the Body Displaces Water (USTPH, 2012), and was a finalist in the 2013 Madrigal-Gonzales First Book Award. She has also received a Philippines Free Press award for her fiction in 2010. Her more recent works have appeared in Maximum Volume 1 (Anvil, 2013); AGAM (2013); Our Memory of Water (Ateneo de Naga Press, 2016); and in a number of online literary and news journals. She has been a lecturer at the University of the Philippines, the Ateneo de Manila University and Miriam College. She currently works for the Southeast Asia office of an international labour and human rights NGO. Daryll has a BA in Journalism and MA in Comparative Literature from UP Diliman. She currently resides in Quezon City with her husband, William. She was born and raised in Tacloban City (in the Visayas, the central part of the Philippines) and continues to call Tacloban home.

Norman Erikson Pasaribu (Indonesia) was born in Jakarta. He worked for Indonesia’s tax office for almost six years before resigning in 2016 to pursue writing. His first short story collection Hanya Kamu yang Tahu Berapa Lama Lagi Aku Harus Menunggu [Only You Know How Much Longer I Should Wait] was shortlisted for the 2014 Khatulistiwa Literary Award for Prose. In 2015 he was one of the emerging writers at Ubud Writers and Readers Festival. His debut poetry collection, Sergius Mencari Bacchus [Sergius Seeks Bacchus], won first prize in the 2015 Jakarta Arts Council Poetry Competition and was also shortlisted for the 2016 Khatulistiwa Literary Award for Poetry.

Nhã Thuyên (Vietnam) writes, translates and edits books, and sometimes organises literary events with friends. She has authored several books of poetry, short fiction and some tiny books for children. With Kaitlin Rees, she co-edits AJAR (www.ajarpress.com), a bilingual literary and art-journal press, and together they co-organised the inaugural mini poetry festival in Hanoi, August 2016 (https://afestivalblog.wordpress.com). Her most recent poetry book Words Breathe, Creatures of Elsewhere (t th, nhng ngưgi l) was published in Vietnamese by Nhã Nam publisher and in English translation by Kaitlin Rees through Vagabond.

Martin Villanueva (The Philippines) teaches at the Ateneo de Manila University, where he finished his undergraduate studies; he has an MFA from De La Salle University. He has received prizes from the Carlos Palanca Memorial Awards for Literature and has been published most recently in Plural and Softblow. He authored Narratives in and of the Mind: Approaches to Creative Nonfiction with Exercises (Sibs Publishing House Inc., 2016), and co-edited (with Ramon Guillermo) Kritika Kultura’s Special Literary Section on the Contemporary Philippine Essay (2016) and (with Oliver Ortega) the lyric essay issue of High Chair (2015). His book of poems Account is forthcoming.

Steven Winduo (Papua New Guinea) is a celebrated Indigenous writer and scholar with teaching and research affiliations in several universities throughout the world, including the US mainland, Hawaii, Canada, Japan, New Zealand and Australia. His publications include Lomo’ha I am, in Spirit’s Voice I Call (1991), Hembemba: Rivers of the Forest (2000), A Rower’s Song (2009), Detwan How? (2012), The Unpainted Mask (2010) and Transitions and Transformations: Literature, Politics and Culture in PNG (2013), and his first novel, Land Echoes (2014). He has several articles published in peer reviewed journals and magazines around the world. Steven is also a regular columnist with The National, with his weekly column ’Steven’s Window’ in The Weekender.

Australian Participants

Established Writer Fellow

 Christos Tsiolkas is the author of five novels: among them Loaded, which was made into the feature film Head-On; The Jesus Man; and Dead Europe, which won the 2006 Age Fiction Prize and the 2006 Melbourne Best Writing Award. He won Overall Best Book in the Commonwealth Writers’ Prize 2009, was shortlisted for the 2009 Miles Franklin Literary Award, longlisted for the 2010 Man Booker Prize and won the Australian Literary Society Gold Medal for his novel The Slap, which was also announced as the 2009 Australian Booksellers Association and Australian Book Industry Awards Books of the Year. Christos’ latest novel is Barracuda, which was published in Australia and the UK to rave reviews in late 2013, and became an instant bestseller.

Early Career Writer Fellow

Ellen van Neerven is an award-winning Indigenous Australian writer. Her first book, Heat and Light, was the recipient of the David Unaipon Award, the Dobbie Literary Award and the NSW Premier’s Literary Awards Indigenous Writers Prize. Heat and Light was also shortlisted for The Stella Prize, the Queensland Literary Award for State Significance and the Readings Prize. Ellen was named as a Sydney Morning Herald’s Best Young Australian Novelist in 2015. Ellen lives in Brisbane and works at State Library of Queensland as managing editor of the black&write! Indigenous writing and editing project, which aims to support and promote Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander writers. Ellen is the editor of the digital collection Writing Black: New Indigenous Writing from Australia.

Film Essayist Fellow

John Hughes is a writer-director and producer of essay films for broadcast and festivals. Hughes’ film work includes feature drama, documentary, online documentary, video art and gallery installation. His published work advocates for the creative documentary. He was Commissioning Editor with SBS Independent 1998–2001. He has a PhD from RMIT University and is currently Adjunct Professor, School of Media and Communication, RMIT; Honorary Fellow, Faculty of the VCA and MCM, University of Melbourne; and Research Associate, Faculty of Art and Design, University of Canberra. The Films of John Hughes: A History of Independent Screen Production in Australia (Cumming, 2014) has recently been published by ATOM. Website: www.earlyworks.com.au

Emerging Writer Fellows

Else Fitzgerald is a Melbourne-based writer. Her work has appeared in various publications including Visible Ink, Australian Book Review, The Victorian Writer, Offset and Award Winning Australian Writing. Else is Program Coordinator for the Emerging Writers’ Festival and is currently completing a BA in Creative Writing at RMIT.


Jen Porter has written reviews for ArtsHub and has had work broadcast on Radio National. Her adult novel manuscript, ‘In Your Image’, has been shortlisted and longlisted for a number of national and international literary prizes. She also writes poetry, short stories and children’s books. Jen is currently participating in the 2016 Hardcopy program and studies Professional Writing and Editing at RMIT.

Susie Thatcher is a writer, classical musician and student of Professional Writing and Editing at RMIT. Her novel-in-progress, ‘Gardens of Stone’, was shortlisted for the 2016 Richell Prize for an Emerging Writer. She is General Manager of short story magazine The Canary Press.




PeterPeter Clynes is a current student of creative writing and Mandarin at RMIT. His writing has appeared in the 2013 RMIT student anthology, as well as The Cordite Poetry Review among others. In 2013 Peter was featured as an emerging poet on the Overland website, and his performance poetry can be seen at slams in Canberra and Melbourne. Peter is also a founding member of the Kumiho Collective, a group of young writers who published their first collection of short stories in 2015 with the help of funding from RMIT.

Fan Dai is a Chinese writer and professor of English in the Department of English, School of Foreign Languages, Sun Yat-sen University. She has a PhD in Linguistics and a Master’s degree in Human Geography. She initiated Creative Writing course in Mainland China and contributed to the exchange between Sun Yat-sen University and universities in Germany, Denmark, UK and Hong Kong. She is also a member of Asia-Pacific Writers Partnership, Association of Writers and Writing Programs (US), National Association of Writers in Education (UK), and Australasian Association of Writing Programs.

ElizaEliza Vitri Handayani has published works in respected Indonesian literary outlets as well as in the Asia Literary Review, Exchanges Journal, and Griffith Review “New Asia Now”. Her novel From Now On Everything Will Be Different (Vagabond Press, 2015) tells a story of young people searching for personal freedom after the fall of authoritarian regime in Indonesia 1998. In Ubud Writers & Readers Festival 2015, the launch of that novel was cancelled due to warnings from local police. She sidestepped the censorship by wearing a series of T-shirts to the festival, printed with different excerpts from that novel.

MicheleMichele Lee is an Asian-Australian playwright and author who works across stage and audio. Her works are about identity, otherness, intimacy and chaotic worlds.She is currently working on a digital theatre commission, The Naked Self, for Arts House, and a new play commission, Going down, with Malthouse Theatre. Michele’s produced works are in radio and audio theatre: Going and going, Radio National, 2015, See How The Leaf People Run, Radio National, 2012 (winner of an AWGIE for Best Original Radio Play in 2013); and Talon Salon, Next Wave Festival 2012, and remounted for You Are Here Festival 2013 and Darwin Festival 2013.Her memoir Banana Girl (Transit Lounge) was published in 2013.

AliceAlice Pung is the recipient of the WrICE 2016 Established Writer Fellowship, and will travel to China in 2016 with the WrICE program. She is an award-winning writer, journalist and essayist. She is one of Sydney Morning Herald’s Young Novelists of the Year 2015. Alice Pung’s first book, Unpolished Gem, is an Australian bestseller which won the Australian Book Industry Newcomer of the Year Award and was shortlisted in the Victorian and NSW Premiers’ Literary awards. Alice’s next book, Her Father’s Daughter, won the Western Australia Premier’s Award for Non-Fiction and was shortlisted for the Victorian and NSW Premiers’ Literary awards and the Queensland Literary Awards. Alice’s latest book Laurinda has been shortlisted for numerous awards in 2015.

AraAra Sarafian is a Melbourne-based writer and editor. He’s been published in The Lifted Brow, Kill Your Darlings and The Conversation, and was shortlisted for the 2015 Monash Creative Writing Prize. He also won a short, short story competition with a 48-word submission he wrote while sitting on the toilet. Ara writes fiction, commentary and satire – usually comedy. Because laughing is good. He recently completed RMIT’s Associate Degree in Professional Writing and Editing, and currently works as an online editor for the ABC. His blog, The Life Less Travelled, details his travels around the world. His first book hasn’t been written yet, but it’s in progress. That, too, will be comedy. Find him at @ara_sarafian.

MaggieMaggie Tiojakin is an Indonesian writer, journalist and translator. She is the author of two short-story collections, Ching-Ching’s Ballads, which was shortlisted for the Khatulistiwa Literary Award in 2010, and As Long As We Are Lost in Space (2013). Her debut novel, Winter Dreams (2011), was praised for its originality in addressing issues of alienation among young immigrants. She also runs a blog, Fiksi Lotus, which publishes classic short stories from around the world, translated into Bahasa Indonesia. She has written for The Boston Globe, The Jakarta Post, The Asian News Network, Every Day Fiction, and Writers’ Journal. Her second novel, Grace, will be published in 2016.

MiaMia Wotherspoon is a Melbourne-based writer and editor, currently completing her final year of RMIT’s Associate Degree in Professional Writing and Editing. She has been published in The Big Issue, Catalyst, Talking Trash, The Reykjiavic Grapevine, Visible Ink and an anthology of narratives and academic essays about beginning teachers. Mia recently completed an internship at The Lifted Brow and currently volunteers as Coordinating Annual Report Editor at Diaspora Action Australia. She loves fiction that explores the space between landscape and identity and is currently completing a full-length manuscript about a two friends who run across Australia. Among Mia’s favourite things are: peppermint ice cream, Tonkinese cats, full bookshelves, tents, cookies, the bush and her mattress.

无标题Lawrence Lacambra Ypil is a poet and essayist from Cebu, Philippines. He received an MFA in Creative Writing (Poetry) from Washington University in St Louis on a Fulbright Scholarship, and has recently completed an MFA in Nonfiction Writing from the University of Iowa. His first book of poems, The Highest Hiding Place was given the Madrigal Gonzalez Best First Book Award. His work has received The Academy of American Poets Prize, the Philippines Free Press Awards, and the Don Carlos Palanca Memorial Awards among others. He is currently writing a book inspired by the 1904 St Louis World’s Fair, which examines photographs and objects from the Philippine exposition and explores the role of material culture in the construction of cultural identity and memory.



BaoBAO CHAN  NGUYEN (23 Nov, 1969) is a member of the Vietnam Writers Association. She trained as a cinema scenarist at the Hanoi Cinema and Theatre University, Bachelor of Arts, 1991, and currently works for Vietnam Television as an editor in the areas of Arts and Culture. Her major publications are Burned River (Publisher of Vietnam Writers Association, 1994) which gained the Award from the Vietnamese Literary and Arts Union in 1994, Barefoot in Winter (Youth Publications, 1999), and Thorns in Dreams (Vietnamese – English bilingual edition, The Gioi Publisher, 2010). Her works are also included in The Defiant Muse: Vietnamese Feminist Poems from Antiquity to the Present (Women’s Publishing House, Hanoi 2007) and many other poetry anthologies. She has read her poetry at literary festivals in Vietnam and abroad, most recently at the prestigious international Poetry Festival of Medellin, Colombia (July 2008), Poetry Parnassus Festival in London, United Kingdom (June 2012), Festival International des Poètes en Val de Marne in Paris, France (May – June 2013).

CateCATE KENNEDY writes across genres, and is published as a novelist, short story author, poet and essayist. Her most recent collection, “Like A House on Fire” was published by Scribe in 2012 and went on to win the Queensland Literary Award for best Short Story Collection as well as being shortlisted for the inaugural Stella Prize and the Kibble Award. Several of its stories were published in the U.K prior to its publication there through Scribe U.K. and she is appearing at the 2014 International Conference on the Short Story in Vienna in July 2014. Her third poetry collection ‘The Taste of River Water’ was released by Scribe in 2011, and awarded the Victorian Premier’s Literary Award for Poetry. Her novel ‘The World Beneath’ (Scribe, 2009) was shortlisted for the Age Book of the Year Award, the Barbara Jefferis Award and the N.S.W. Premier’s Prize for fiction. It went on to win the “People’s Choice” prize in these awards. She is currently living in Vanuatu, working on a new novel with the assistance of an Established Writers Australia Council grant, and completing a commissioned novella for GriffithREVIEW. She has also selected and edited the stories for Inkerman and Blunt’s 2014 release “New Australian Love Stories”.

NienJHOANNA LYNN B. CRUZ is an award-winning writer who teaches literature and creative writing at the University of the Philippines   Mindanao. She completed a Master of Arts in Language and Literature and a Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing, both with high distinction, from De La Salle University-Manila. Her first book, Women Loving. Stories and a Play published in 2010 is the first sole-author anthology of lesbian-themed stories in the Philippines. Cruz is president of the Davao Writers Guild and is Regional Coordinator for Southern Mindanao in the National Committee on Literary Arts.

Joe Rubbo copyJOE RUBBO is a Melbourne based writer. He has recently completely an Associate Degree in Professional Writing and Editing at RMIT. None of his writings have been published. He was highly commended for his entry in the 2014 Alan Marshall short story competition. Among other things he has worked as a chef, a technical writer for a construction company and as an English teacher in Italy. He now works at a reputable Melbourne bookstore.

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LAURA STORTENBEKER is a Melbourne-based writer and editor working on her first short story collection. Her writing has appeared in Stilts, Voiceworks and Overland. She likes old holiday photos, mountains, plants and taking notes.



OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAMELODY PALOMA is a writer living in Melbourne. She studied a Bachelor of Creative Writing at RMIT University and is particularly interested in incorporating other artistic mediums into her poetry. She is the founder and editor of Dear Everybody, a creative collective facilitating collaboration and creative exchange between artists and writers.


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NYEIN WAY Nyein Way is a contemporary (conceptual/post conceptual) poet, writer, performance artist, and educator. He has published four poetry books, including: Words and Tree(2004); Gaganana (2010); Anamataga (2011); and Pattalar: Xylophone (2013). Other books include the educational publication, Classroomology (1999), and poetry volumes of Conceptual Poetics and a Contemporary Poet (2008), and Nakanpadi – A Book of 21st Century New Poetics (2013). He is also a contributor to an encyclopedia of Asian Theatre, published by Greenwood Publishing House, New York, and edited byProfessor Sam Leiter.
Nyein Way was a resident artist of Mekong Art Project in Phnom Penh, Cambodia in 2004. He has collaborated on multi-media art and poetry-based performance projects with international artists and poets, and has given poetry workshops and readings in Cambodia, Thailand, USA, and Myanmar. Currently, he is a chief cultural advisor within the literary faculty of the New Yangon Theatre Institute.

OmarOMAR MUSA Omar Musa Omar Musa is a Malaysian-Australian rapper and poet from Queanbeyan. A former winner of the Australian Poetry Slam and Indian Ocean Poetry Slam, he has performed extensively around the country, and has been a featured guest internationally at the likes of the Ubud Writers and Readers Festival, Singapore Writers Festival, Jaipur Literary Festival, Galle Literary Festival (Sri Lanka), the France Slam League Cup, Beijing Writers Festival, and the Crossing Border Music and Writers Festival (Netherlands). His international hip-hop tours have included supporting legendary poet/singer Gil Scott- Heron in Germany. Omar has released three hip hop albums and two poetry books, including Parang, recently re-published by Penguin, and is working on a play, Bonegatherer, to be staged later this year. He was a panellist on ABC’s Q&A in 2012, performing a poem for its conclusion, and was a star performer at the TEDx Sydney event in 2013 at the Sydney Opera House. Omar has also run creative workshops in remote Aboriginal communities, youth centres and rural schools.

ChristineSUCHEN CHRISTINE LIM’S latest novel The River’s Song was launched in Singapore & London this year. The Singapore author has written five novels, a short-story collection, a co-written play, a non-fiction work and fourteen children’s picture books. Her novel
Fistful of Colours won the inaugural Singapore Literature Prize In 2012 she received the Southeast Asia Write Award. Other novels are Rice Bowl, Gift From The Gods, and A Bit of Earth, and other works include The Amah: A Portrait in Black & White, The Lies That 
Build a Marriage, Hua Song: Stories of the Chinese Diaspora. Awarded a Fulbright fellowship, she was an International Writing Fellow and writer in residence at the University of Iowa, and a Visiting Fellow in Creative Writing in the Technological University of Singapore. She has also been awarded writing residencies in UK, Australia, S. Korea and the Philippines.

XuXi-Tree Cr PAUL HILTONXU XI is the author of nine books of fiction & essays; most recently Access: Thirteen stories (Signal 8 Press, 2011), Habit of a foreign sky (Haven Books, 2010) and Evanescent isles (Hong Kong University Press, 2008). She is currently writer-in residence at City University of Hong Kong and directs their international, low-residency Master of Fine Arts in creative writing.



WrICE Project Team

DC_photoDAVID CARLIN is a writer, Associate Professor and co-director of the nonfictionLab in the School of Media and Communication at RMIT University, Australia. He is also co-director of the international NonfictioNow Conference, which will next take place in Arizona in  2015. His widely acclaimed memoir Our father who wasn’t there, Scribe Publications, was published in 2010, and his creative essays and articles have appeared in Griffith REVIEWOverlandTextNewswrite, The Victorian Writer, Continuum: journal of media and cultural studies and other journals. His research interests extend across nonfiction creative practices from the essay and memoir genres to digital media and archives, and he currently leads the Circus Oz Living Archive Project, having previously directed Circus Oz on New York’s 42nd St. as well as written and directed award-winning films and plays. nonfictionLab

FRS-screen-JamesMepham copyFRANCESCA RENDLE-SHORT is an award-winning novelist, memoirist and essayist, author of the memoir-cum-novel Bite Your Tongue (Spinifex) and award-winning novel Imago. Recent work has been published in Killing the Buddah, The Best Australian Science Writing 2013 (NewSouth), Just Between Us (Pan Macmillan), NANO, TEXT, The Essay Review (University of Iowa), Bumf, New Writing, Life Writing. She is an associate professor in the School of Media and Communication at RMIT University, co-director of the nonfictionLab research group and WrICE (Writers Immersion Cultural Exchange). In 2013 she was a writing fellow at the Nonfiction Writing Program in the Department of English at the University of Iowa.

ClareRennerCLARE RENNER manages the Professional Writing and Editing and Professional Screenwriting programs at RMIT University. An award-winning teacher of creative writing, Clare grew up in the UK before moving to Australia and completing a Bachelor of Arts at the University of Melbourne. Her postgraduate study is in children’s and YA literature and she works with both emerging and established writers in this field. Clare came to RMIT with a background in writing, editing and manuscript development and has published over 25 books of her own, including works of popular fiction for children and non-fiction for both adults and children. As a freelance reviewer and critic, she has also been published in a range of journals and magazines.

Ali_HeadshotALI BARKER (WrICE Project Manager) works as part of RMIT’s nonfictionLab. She organises and programs public events, liaises with partners and oversees logistics. Ali is an experienced arts manager who has worked for the Barbican Centre, V&A, Lyric Theatre, Shakespeare’s Globe, Circus Oz and Victorian Opera. Ali also lectures in the Master of Arts and Cultural Management Program at Melbourne University and has worked with Arts Victoria on industry related projects.

WRICE participants 2013-2014

unnamedALVIN PANG is an award‐winning poet, writer, editor, anthologist and translator. His works have been translated into more than fifteen languages and he has appeared at festivals and in publications worldwide. He is also editor‐in‐chief of Ethos, a Singaporean public policy journal, and directs The Literary Centre (Singapore), a non‐profit intercultural platform.


Amarlie photoAMARLIE FOSTER is a student of creative writing who is particularly interested in short stories and magical realism. She is founder and chairperson of GORE journal; a free, student-run publication focusing on literary and visual arts. She is currently working on their fourth issue. www.gorejournal.com



Bernice photoBERNICE CHAULY is a Malaysian writer, poet and Festival Curator of the George Town Literary Festival in Penang. For over 20 years, she has worked extensively in the creative industries as a writer, photographer, actor and filmmaker and has won multiple awards for her work and her contribution to the arts. Born to Chinese-Punjabi teachers, she read Education and English Literature in Canada as a government scholar. Her five books of poetry and prose include the literary memoir Growing Up With Ghosts (Matahari Books, 2011), which won third prize in the non-fiction category of the 2012 Popular – The Star’s Readers’ Choice Awards, and her third collection of poems Onkalo (Math Paper Press, 2013). In 2012, she was writer-in-residence with the Dutch Foundation for Literature in Amsterdam.  She currently lectures in English and Creative Writing at Taylor’s University in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

EDDIN KHOO is a poet, writer, political journalist, literary translator, cultural impresario and independent art curator. He is widely published. Among others, Eddin has co-authored a book on traditional Malay wood carving, The Spirit of the Wood [Periplus Editions (HK) Limited, 2003], as well as Sajak-Sajak, a Malay translation of poems by American poet Christopher Merrill. He collaborated with Ibrahim Hussein to complete the acclaimed Malaysian artist’s autobiography, titled Ib: A Life. Presently, Eddin is collaborating with Tun Salleh Abas, to complete the former Lord President’s memoir. In recognition of his work in preserving an intrinsic part of Malay culture, Eddin was named one of Digi’s Amazing Malaysians in 2006, and named one of its Asians of the Year by Singapore’s Channel News Asia.

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JENNIFER DOWN is a writer, editor and translator working on her first fiction manuscript. Her writing has appeared in major Australian newspapers, The Age and The Sydney Morning Herald; Australian literary journal, Overland and on the Australian Broadcasting Corporation’s program The Drum. She likes plants, travelling, rock and roll, looking at art and thinking about boys.



Harriet photoHARRIET McKNIGHT is a writer living in a ramshackle 1940s cottage in Melbourne. She studied a Bachelor of Creative Writing at RMIT University, Australia and is the deputy editor of short story magazine, The Canary Press. She is currently working on her first novel.



Laurel FantauzzoLAUREL FANTAUZZO was an Arts Fellow at the University of Iowa Nonfiction Writing Program, USA. She won the 2013 Carlos Palanca Memorial Award for Literature and is at work on her first book. She currently teaches in the English and Creative Writing departments at Ateneo de Manila University, Phillipines.



MaxineMAXINE BENEBA CLARKE is an Australian writer of Afro Caribbean heritage. She is the author of the poetry collections Gil Scott Heron is on parole (Picaro Press, 2009) and Nothing here needs fixing (Picaro Press, 2013) the title poem of which won the 2013 Ada Cambridge Poetry PrizeForeign Soil, Maxine’s first collection of short fiction, won the Victorian Premier’s Literary Award for an Unpublished Manuscript 2013, and will be published by Hachette Australia in May 2014, followed by her debut novel Asphyxiation in 2015, and her memoir, The Hate Race in 2016.


MelissaMELISSA LUCASHENKO is an award-winning Aboriginal novelist who lives between Brisbane and the Bundjalung nation. Her writing explores the stories and passions of ordinary Australians with particular reference to Aboriginal people and those living on the margins of the First World. Melissa’s most recent book Mullumbimby (University of Queensland Press, 2013) is a critically acclaimed novel of romantic love and cultural warfare set in a remote valley in the state of New South Wales, Australia.

_TAN9891Penny Johnson is an editor, a writer and an award-winning teacher, and manages the Professional Writing and Editing programs and Professional Screenwriting program at RMIT University. Penny has been a sought-after trainer for government, business and community organisations, and writes a monthly grammar and punctuation column for The Victorian Writer magazine. An accredited editor with the Institute of Professional Editors Ltd, she has worked on literary magazines and academic journals, such as Meanjin and Cultural Studies Review. Her children’s picture book, When the Buffalo Wakes, was published in Australia and South Korea.

imageROBIN HEMLEY is Writing Director at Yale-NUS. He is the winner of a Guggenheim Fellowship for his work on DO-OVER! He has published seven books, and his stories and essays have appeared in the New York Times, New York Magazine, Chicago Tribune and many literary magazines and anthologies. He is the editor of Defunct magazine. He received his MFA from the Iowa Writers Workshop, and directed the Nonfiction Writing Program at the University of Iowa until this year.

With thanks also to WrICE Project Manager Ali Barker, Project Assistant Katrien Van Huyck and volunteers Imelda Cribbin, Liz de Fegely, Kym Poxon and Ara Sarafian.