S134. When Your Practice is the Research: A New Model for the Creative Writing PhD

E146, Oregon Convention Center, Level 1
Saturday, March 30, 2019
9:00 am to 10:15 am


What if a PhD took you further into your ongoing practice as a writer? A new model of advanced practice-based research in creative writing is helping mid-career writers to deepen their oeuvres and careers. Faculty and student perspectives of a trans-cultural, multidisciplinary, low-residency program, based in Vietnam and Australia, reveal how this unconventional approach is making a difference to learning and creative practice. A writing pedagogy expert provides broader critical insight.


Bonnie Stone Sunstein is Professor of English and Education at the University of Iowa, where she served as 2015–17 Director of the Nonfiction Writing Program. She's written nine books, and many chapters, articles, and poems, including the newest, on teaching nonfiction, out soon.

David Carlin is codirector of the non/fictionLab and Professor at RMIT University, Australia. Carlin's books include Survival Guide for Life in the Ruins, The Abyssinian Contortionist, Our Father Who Wasn’t There and The Near and the Far, an anthology of Asian and Australian writing.

Francesca Rendle-Short is Associate Dean of Writing and Publishing at RMIT University in Melbourne. She is cofounder of non/fictionLab and codirector of WrICE. Francesca is a novelist, memoirist, and essayist whose books include Bite Your Tongue, The Near and The Far, and 100 Love Letters.

Alvin Pang (poet, writer, editor, translator) was Singapore’s 2005 Young Artist of the Year for Literature and a 2002 Iowa International Writing Program fellow. A board member of the International Poetry Studies Institute, he has been translated into over twenty languages and has appeared in festivals and publications worldwide.

Michelle Aung Thin writes about in-between identities and states of at-homeness. Her current projects include a narrative about returning "home" to Myanmar as well as a project for Allen & Unwin about the Rohingya. She codirects the non/fictionLab and teaches in the PRS Asia at RMIT University.


March 27–30, 2019
Portland, OR

Oregon Convention Center