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Lab members, Jessica Wilkinson and Bonny Cassidy, are visiting the University of California Berkeley from April 13-17. Jessica and Bonny will be presenting critical papers and poetry readings at a symposium, Active Aesthetics: Innovation and Aesthetics in Contemporary Australian Poetry and Poetics. The symposium is jointly convened by UCAL, UWS and Deakin, and features an …

Three PhD Students off to Montana

No, it isn’t the opening to some academic joke. The writing workshop that non/fictionLab runs has just scored three for three at this year’s Visible Evidence conference. Visible Evidence is the major international documentary conference (this year it is in Bozeman, Montana), and three PhD students (Hannah Brasier, Kim Munro, and visiting PhD Franziska Weidle) …

Writing Workshops 2016

Inspired by Julienne’s structured hot dollar workshops I’ve outlined a schedule for the next few months in the writing workshops. These are for creative, critical, playful, even conservative, ways of writing for academic (research) outcomes. What the industry refers to as Higher Education Research Data Collection (HERDC) things. To be clear, in the non/fictionLab we …

Poetry Reading with non/fictionLab Visiting Poet, Stuart Cooke with Pam Brown (NSW) and Chloe Wilson emcee’d by Bonny Cassidy. The non/fictionLab’s annual Visiting Poets series continues in 2016 with Dr Stuart Cooke. During his residency at the City Campus and McCraith House, Stuart will facilitate several writers activities. On Sunday March 20 Stuart gave a reading of new …

Five writers from the Asia Pacific will take part in a collaborative residency as part of RMIT’s Writers Immersion and Cultural Exchange Program (WrICE). The writers who have been awarded the fellowships are Mary Rokonadravu (Fiji), Lawrence Lacambra Ypil (The Philippines), DAI Fan (China), Eliza Vitri Handayani and Maggie Tiojakin both from Indonesia. They will join Australian writers Alice Pung and Michele …

Urban Writing House

Non/fictionLab are stewards of a new space attached to RMITs Building 80. It is being used to host writers, poets, meetings, artists and makers in residence, joins our McCraith House residency in Dromana.

Ideas Incubator

On Thursday March 24 the non/fictionLab is holding an ideas incubator. The aim is to let all members contribute to defining research themes and directions for the lab for 2016 (and possibly onwards). It is a shift in how we implement the direct of the lab as a shift from core members setting research directions …

Docuverse presents Snapshots – CALL FOR PARTICIPANTS. Following up from the success of our Symposium in mid-Feb the next Docuverse event will be a screening of expanded documentary works. We are calling for five participants to show a 5-10 minute snapshot of a work or work-in-progress for feedback and discussion. The date for this event …

Supported by non/fictionLab and Copyright Agency, this prize calls on boundary-pushing nonfiction entries from new, upcoming or known writers. The winner will receive AU$5000 and publication in Issue #31 of The Lifted Brow – which will be available September 2016. Two runners-up will receive AU$500 and an opportunity to discuss publication prospects with the Brow …

RMIT’s non/fictionLab Research Group will once again co-host the next international NonfictioNOW conference, which will be held in Reykjavík from 2- 4 June 2017, hosted by the University of Iceland. In 2012 NonfictioNOW was presented in Melbourne at RMIT. NonfictioNOW 2012 was a huge success having brought together writers, teachers, readers and students of nonfiction …

non/fictionLab co-director Adrian Miles is attending UWE’s two yearly i-docs conference at the beginning of March. The conference is run by the i-doc research group in Bristol. He will be presenting recent research that interrogates (criticises, questions, even possibly politely attacks) the hegemony of story in interactive documentary. The world isn’t a story, why should …

Julienne van Loon is an award-winning writer of fiction and nonfiction. She is a Vice Chancellor’s Senior Research Fellow in the School of Media and Communication at RMIT UNiversity. Julienne van Loon is the author of three novels, most recently the critically acclaimed Harmless (2013). Julienne’s PhD is in the Creative Writing field and was awarded in 2005 by University …

Guggenheim Fellowship winner Robin Hemley is a prolific writer of fiction and nonfiction, who is currently Writer-in-Residence and Director of the Writing Program at Yale-NUS in Singapore, and was previously Director of the Nonfiction Writing Program at University of Iowa. Robin has published 12 books of nonfiction and fiction.

Michelle is a novelist and lecturer in Advertising at RMIT. Her research interests include: postcolonial literary theory, in particular the ‘limit’; writing collaboration in social enterprise; the mobile phone and writers in Myanmar. She is currently working on her second book, researched during an Asialink Residency in 2014 (funded by Arts Victoria) which explores the …

Docuverse was a half-day symposium organised by non/fictionLab members Hannah Brasier, Nicholas Hansen, Kim Munro and Franziska Weidle to support their current PhD research interests in expanded documentary practices. The symposium, held at RMIT, consisted of a program of six presentations covering the topics of vertical cinema, the micro-essay, interactive documentary and virtual reality. The symposium culminated …