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Dr Julian Novitz

Senior Lecturer, Writing


Julian Novitz is a senior lecturer in the department of Media and Communication and convenes the undergraduate Writing Fiction and Reading, Writing and Criticism units. He is the author of a collection of short stories (My Real Life and Other Stories) and two novels (Little Sister and Holocaust Tours) and has contributed short fiction to a wide range of journals, magazines and anthologies. Julian is also a literary critic and reviewer who has made frequent contributions to the Conversation, Sydney Review of Books and other publications.  

Julian has won the New Zealand Society of Authors Hubert Church Award Best First Book Award for Fiction, the Katherine Mansfield Award for Short Fiction, and was recipient of the Frank Sargeson Residential Fellowship. He has been shortlisted for the Ngaio Marsh Award for Best Crime Novel and the Commonwealth Short Story Prize.  

 Julian’s 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. 

He is 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