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Dr Julia Prendergast

Senior Lecturer - Writing and Literature. Academic Director - Partnerships and Pathways.


Julia is a Senior Lecturer in Writing at Swinburne University, Melbourne (AU) and Academic Director Partnerships and Pathways for the School of Social Sciences, Film, Media and Education. Julia’s novel: The Earth Does Not Get Fat was published by the University of Western Australia Publishing (UWAP: 2018). Julia's short stories appear in the current edition of Australian Short Stories (eds. Lyn Harwood and Bruce Pascoe). 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 is practice-led: exploring creative writing through theories from 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 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 modes of storytelling, as well as fractured and experimental narrative forms.

Julia is an enthusiastic supporter of interdisciplinary 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. 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 (held for the first time in Melbourne).

Recent Awards:

  • 2021 Teaching Excellence Award: School of Social Sciences, Film, Media and Communication. For the ‘development of curricula, resources or services that reflect a command of the field’. Teaching citation entitled: For facilitating authentic, experiential learning: enriching student experiences and outcomes through practice-led, industry engaged, student-focused approaches to Professional and Creative Writing curricula.
  • 2020 Vice Chancellor's Award for Inclusion and Diversity: team award for the Preferred Student Name Project, supporting transgender and gender diverse students in the use of their preferrred name across Swinburne systems. 
  • 2019 Vice Chancellor's Award for Inclusion and Diversity for Gender Agenda: for initiating a support group for gender diverse students
  • 2019 Dean's award for most effective Community or Industry Engagement: facilitating experiential learning opportunities for students in partnership with various literary industry organisations.

Professional Affiliations:

  • 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

Fiction; Nonfiction and Creative Nonfiction; Prose Poetry; “Sudden” Writing; Practice-Led Approaches to Creativity and Writing; Australian Literature; Short Stories and Novels in Stories. I am particularly interested in the study and analysis of realist writing, as well as fractured, hybrid and experimental forms.

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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