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Dr Julia Prendergast

Senior Lecturer - Writing and Literature


Julia is a Senior Lecturer in Writing at Swinburne University, Melbourne (AU). Julia’s novel: The Earth Does Not Get Fat was published by the University of Western Australia Publishing (UWAP: 2018). Julia's stories appear in the current edition of Australian Short Stories (eds. Bruce Pascoe and Lyn Harwood). Other stories have been recognised and published: Lightship Anthology 2 (UK), Glimmer Train (US), TEXT (AU) Séan Ó Faoláin Competition, (IE), Review of Australian Fiction, Australian Book Review Elizabeth Jolley Prize, Josephine Ulrick Prize (AU). Julia’s research focuses practice-led approaches to creative writing methodology, with a particular focus on processes of meta-cognition including theories from neuroscience and neuropsychoanalysis, with articles appearing in international publications including: New Writing: The International Journal for the Practice and Theory of Creative Writing (UK), TEXT: Journal of Writing and Writing Courses (AU), Testimony Witness Authority: The Politics and Poetics of Experience (UK). Julia is an enthusiastic supporter of interdisciplinary, open and collaborative research practices. She is Chair of the Australasian Association of Writing Programs, the peak academic body representing the discipline of Creative Writing in Australasia. She co-leads the development of the art aspect of the Science Art Network (ScAN): an organisation aimed at facilitating interdisciplinary collaboration between neuroscience and the arts.

In 2019 Julia was the recipient of the Vice Chancellor's Award for Inclusion and Diversity for Gender Agenda, a support group for gender diverse students:
In 2019 Julia received the Dean's award for most effective Community or Industry Engagement: recognising experiential learning opportunities for students in partnership with various literary industry organisations.
In 2020 Julia was the recipient of the Vice Chancellor's Award for Inclusion and Diversity: a team award for the Preferred Student Name Project, supporting transgender and gender diverse students in the use of their preferrred name across Swinburne systems. 

Julia is an experienced workshop facilitator, having led workshops locally and internationally, at festivals and in partnership with industry. She directed the 2019 Australian Short Story Festival, sponsored by Swinburne University (and held for the first time in Melbourne).

Julia supervises PhD students writing short and long-form fiction, creative nonfiction and prose poetry, as well as hybrid forms of writing. Julia has a particular interest in realist fiction and fractured and experimental narrative forms.
Julia's professional affiliations include:

  • Australasian Association of Writing Programs (AAWP) - Chair
  • Australasian Association of Writing Programs (AAWP) - Portfolio: Prizes and Partnerships
  • Australian Short Story Festival (ASSF): Executive Committee of Management
  • Australian Short Story Festival (ASSF): Festival Director 2019

PhD candidate and honours supervision

Higher degrees by research

Accredited to supervise Masters & Doctoral students as Principal Supervisor.

Teaching areas

Cultural Studies and Literature;Creative Writing;Fiction writing;Literary Industry Practice;Prose Poetics;Creative nonfiction;Prose Poetry;Australian Writing: Mapping Diversity

Professional memberships

  • 2019 (current): Chair, Australasian Association of Writing Programs, Australia
  • 2017 (current): Board Member, Australian Short Story Festival, Australia
  • 2017 - 2019: Board Member, Asia Pacific Writers Translators, Asia/Pacific
  • 2018 - 2018: Affiliate, Australian Short Story Festival, Australia
  • 2019 - 2019: Affiliate, Australian Short Story Festival, Australia
  • 2020 - 2020: Affiliate, Emerging Writers' Festival, Australia
  • 2019 - 2019: Affiliate, Bangalore Literary Festival, India
  • 2018 - 2018: Affiliate, Ubud Writers and Readers Festival, Indonesia


Also published as: Prendergast, Julia; Prendergast, J.
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