11 July 2012
StoriesNOW at RMIT
Critically acclaimed writer Alice Pung has joined RMIT as the University's first Creator-in-Residence, as part of the StoriesNOW project.
StoriesNOW is a two-year program of activities comprising of four Creators-in-Residence and the Bedell NonFictionNOW international conference, being held in Melbourne in November.
Dr Francesca Rendle-Short, Program Director (Creative Writing) in RMIT's School of Media and Communication, said the StoriesNOW Creators-in-Residence program would host talented practitioners whose work ranged across literary fiction and nonfiction, visual arts, feature writing and playwriting.
"In selecting the practitioners for this program, we've taken into account the writer's body of work, their awards, enthusiasm for the project and their need for writing or research support," Dr Rendle-Short said.
"We warmly welcome Alice Pung as our first Creator-in-Residence and look forward to Alice sharing her talent and wisdom with staff, students and members of the public over coming months."
A writer, lawyer and teacher, Ms Pung is the author of Her Father's Daughter and Unpolished Gem, and the editor of Growing up Asian in Australia.
She has received enormous critical acclaim for her writing and has been published in Good Weekend, Meanjin, The Monthly, The Age, The Best Australian Stories 2007 and Etchings.
Ms Pung will undertake a series of activities including masterclasses and public talks during her time at RMIT.
Upcoming creators include Linda Jaivin, who will join RMIT in August, and Christos Tsiolkas, who will be on campus early in 2013.
StoriesNOW has been supported generously through the Copyright Agency Limited's Cultural Fund.
Applications are still open for the fourth Creator-in-Residence.
For more information about the program and opportunities regarding writing at RMIT, email Dr Francesca Rendle-Short or phone (03) 9925 9052.
Alice Pung is RMIT's first Creator-in-Residence.
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