Dr Paul Williams

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Dr Paul Williams


Teaching areas

  • Creative Writing — Children's and Young Adult Writing: The Novel; Creativity and Literature
  • Research Methodologies
  • Literary Studies

Research areas

  • post colonialism
  • postmodernist novel
  • memoir / autobiography / historiographic metafiction
  • fictocriticism — the nexus between critical and creative writing
  • narrative constructions of the ‘self’ in creative writing
  • palimpsest and intertextuality
  • fiction as academic discourse
  • children's and young adult fiction
  • creative writing pedagogies

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Dr Paul Williams studied African literature in South Africa, and Creative Writing in Wisconsin, USA. He has taught in universities around the world (South Africa, the Middle East, the UK and the USA).

Paul has published short stories, critical articles and educational materials for high schools in Africa. His Young Adult mystery novel The Secret of Old Mukiwa won the Zimbabwe International Book Fair award in 2001 and his memoir Soldier Blue was nominated as Book of the Year in South Africa in 2008. His latest novel is Cokcraco (Lacuna, 2013), a fictocritical novel about the interweaving of fiction and criticism. Parallax (Zharmae, 2014, 2015), a series of young adult speculative fiction novels was released in 2014. Paul's stories and critical articles have appeared in Meanjin, TEXT, New Writing, Social Alternatives, New Contrast and the Chicago Quarterly Review. His latest book is a Creative Writing text, Playing with Words (Palgrave Macmillan, UK). Paul has won numerous awards for his teaching, research and creative writing.

Paul is a member of both the Arts Research in Creative Humanities research cluster and the Indigenous Studies research theme at the University of the Sunshine Coast.

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  • Advance Award: Advancing the Student Experience, 2014, University of the Sunshine Coast
  • Carnovski African Studies Scholarship, 1989, University of the Witwatersrand
  • The Dean's Humanities Award, 1994, University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee
  • Winner — Fiction Young Adult Novel section, 2001, Zimbabwe International Book Fair
  • TRIO teaching Award 2003, Blue Mountain Community College, Oregon
  • Book of the Year — 2008, The Witness (South Africa)

Potential research projects for HDR and Honours students

  • Postmodern fiction
  • The novel / historiographic metafiction
  • Creative non-fiction, particularly in relation to memoir/autobiography
  • Post-colonial world literature
  • Writing for children and young adults
  • Fictocriticism
  • Creative Writing studies

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