Francesca Rendle-Short is Associate Dean Writing and Publishing in the School of Media and Communication at RMIT University. She is an Associate Professor of Creative Writing, co-founder of non/fictionLab and co-director of WrICE, the Writers Immersion and Cultural Exchange program.
Francesca is an award-winning novelist, memoirist, essayist and poet. Her books include the critically acclaimed memoir-cum-novel Bite Your Tongue, the novel Imago, and Big Sister, and anthologies The Near and The Far (Scribe Publications, 2016; co-edited with David Carlin), and Press: 100 Love Letters (University of Philippines Press, 2017; co-edited with Laurel Fantauzzo). She is also co-author of a limited edition book composed out of iPhone notes with Martina Copley called No Notes (This is writing). Her work has appeared in anthologies, literary journals, book chapters, academic journals, online and in exhibitions including Offshoot: Contemporary life writing methodology and practices (UWA Press), Social capital and enterprise (Palgrave) The materiality of love (Routledge), Best Australian science writing (NewSouth), Overland, Rabbit, New Writing, The Lifted Brow and The Essay Review (Iowa), TEXT, New Writing: The International Journal for the Practice and Theory of Creative Writing (Taylor & Francis), Life Writing (Taylor & Francis). Her artwork is in the collection of the Queensland State Library.
Francesca is interested in a research practice that seeks to subvert normative practices. She is intent on developing a scholarly praxis that pays attention to form as well as content as it relates to the thematics and propositions of the research – voice, style, structure, subjectivities – one that is idiosyncratic and playful in nature, attentive to whimsy and transgression, and is experimental. She is co-founder of non/fictionLab that explores and articulates the value of ‘thinking through making’ and co-director of WrICE (supported by the Copyright Agency), an acclaimed international collaborative residency program bringing together writers from around the region including Malyasia, Singapore, Hong Kong, Vietnam, Myanmar, Indonesia, Papua New Guinea, the Philippines, China, South Korea, India and Australia. Francesca has initiated and continues to lead numbers of industry-focused integrated scholarship projects and programs such as The Gazette in conjunction with Emerging Writers’ Festival, intercultural writing and publishing studios and study tours (she was awarded New Colombo Fund money to take students to China in 2017), and a City of Melbourne Knowledge Week initiative with writing and publishing students from HE and VE as RMIT Writing Ambassadors.
Francesca has a Doctor of Creative Arts from the University of Wollongong, was the recipient of an International Nonfiction Writers’ Fellowship at the University of Iowa, USA in 2014, and was showcased in the 2015 Outstanding Field at Victoria College of Arts, University of Melbourne.