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Dr Julian Novitz

Lecturer in Writing


I am a lecturer in the department of Media and Communication and the Discipline Coordinator for the Creative Writing and Literature major. I am the convener of the undergraduate Writing Fiction and Reading, Writing and Criticism units and the postgraduate Research for Writers, Real Life Writing and Writing for Digital Media units. I am the author of a collection of short stories (My Real Life and other stories) and two novels (Holocaust Tours and Little Sister) all published by Vintage Books and have published short fiction in a wide range of journals, magazines and anthologies. Additionally, I am a literary critic and reviewer, and have made frequent contributions to the Sydney Review of Books and other publications.  I was the winner of the New Zealand Society of Authors Hubert Church Award Best First Book Award for Fiction in 2005, the Katherine Mansfield Award for Short Fiction in 2008, a recipient of the Buddle Findlay Frank Sargeson Residential Fellowship in 2009, and was shortlisted for Ngaio Marsh Award for Best Crime Novel in 2013, and the Commonwealth Short Story Prize in 2014. My research interests focus on the question of how material changes in technology affect the perception and practice of creative writing in the 21st century, including the impact of digital media on writing identities and publishing arrangements and the emergence of interactive storytelling mediums. 

I am open to supervising thesis work in creative writing, literary studies, digital literature, creative non-fiction, gaming and interactive narratives, and non-fiction artefact and exegesis projects.

Research interests

Cultural Studies and Literature

PhD candidate and honours supervision

Higher degrees by research

Accredited to supervise Masters & Doctoral students as Principal Supervisor.

Fields of Research

  • Creative Writing (incl. Scriptwriting) - 360201

Teaching areas

Cultural Studies and Literature


Also published as: Novitz, Julian; Novitz, J.
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