Dr Ross Watkins

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Dr Ross Watkins

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Teaching areas

  • Creative Writing

Research areas

  • contemporary realism
  • visual narrative, including illustrated books for older readers and graphic novels
  • ficto-criticism as a culturally perceptive critical discourse that utilises narrative devices
  • melancholy, loss, mourning and poetic elegy devices in prose
  • cultural significance of objects, particularly in relation to collecting/collectors
  • poetic representations/re-constructions of the ‘body’
  • fatherhood and writing

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Profile

Dr Ross Watkins began teaching Creative Writing at the University of the Sunshine Coast in 2006. His first major publication as an illustrator, The Boy Who Grew Into a Tree (Penguin, 2012), is a graphic novel written by Associate Professor Gary Crew. One Photo (Penguin, forthcoming) is an illustrated book which explores dementia, photography and family legacy. His award-winning short fiction and non-fiction has been published in national and international anthologies, in addition to being showcased at national writers’ festivals.

Ross is an Executive Committee Member of the Australasian Association of Writing Programs (AAWP), the peak academic body representing the discipline of Creative Writing in Australia and New Zealand. He is also the Short Story Editor for Social Alternatives, and is a regular presenter at the Brisbane Writers’ Festival and literary judge.

Ross is a member of the Arts Research in Creative Humanities research cluster at the University of the Sunshine Coast.

Professional memberships

  • Australasian Association of Writing Programs (AAWP) Executive Member
  • 'Social Alternatives' (journal) Collective Member and Short Story Editor

Awards

  • Office of Learning and Teaching Citation for Outstanding Contribution to Student Learning, 2013
  • Vice Chancellor’s and President’s Commendation for Excellence in Learning and Teaching, 2013
  • Aurealis Award for Speculative Fiction 2013 (Category: Children’s book predominantly told with pictures) Shortlisted: The Boy Who Grew Into a Tree (illustrator)
  • Queensland Premier’s Literary Award for Emerging Author (Manuscript) 2011 Shortlisted: The Arc (Doctoral novel)

Potential research projects for HDR and Honours students

  • postmodern fiction, particularly in relation to experimental narrative devices
  • visual narrative, including illustrated books for older readers and graphic novels
  • creative non-fiction and fictocriticism
  • concepts including melancholy, loss, mourning, depression and/or nostalgia
  • the use of objects and explorations of object-related theory in narrative
  • contemporary representations of masculinity and fatherhood in narrative
  • scientific and poetic representations of the ‘body’ in narrative

Research grants

Project name       InvestigatorsFunding body   YearFocus

FAB Publication Completion Grant

Dr Ross Watkins Faculty of Arts and Business, USC 2014  
An investigation into the quality of the Creative Writing undergraduate as author/student Associate Professor Gary Crew, Dr Peter Innes and Dr Ross Watkins USC SEED research grant 2007 Implementation and subsequent analysis of a quantitative and qualitative survey exploring the nature of the Creative Writing undergraduate as author/student

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