Dr Ross Watkins

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Dr Ross Watkins

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Teaching areas

  • Creative Writing

Research areas

  • visual narrative, including illustrated books for older readers and graphic novels
  • the book as object, and the spatiality of the page
  • ficto-criticism as a culturally perceptive critical discourse that utilises narrative devices
  • melancholy, loss, mourning and elegy devices in prose
  • cultural significance of objects, particularly in relation to collecting/collectors
  • fatherhood and writing
  • creative writing knowledge forms, including radical scholarship and evolving expressions of new knowledge within the field

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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 was The Boy Who Grew Into a Tree (Penguin, 2012). He has since authored One Photo (Penguin, 2016), a picture book which explores dementia, photography and family legacy. Ross writes for both children and adults, and his award-winning short fiction and non-fiction works have been published in national and international anthologies, in addition to being showcased at national writers’ festivals.

Ross is the Deputy Chair of the Australasian Association of Writing Programs (AAWP), the peak academic body representing the discipline of Creative Writing in Australasia. He is also the Special Issues Commissioning Editor for TEXT: Journal of Writing and Writing Courses, Australia’s most prestigious academic journal in the field.

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

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Professional memberships

  • Australasian Association of Writing Programs (AAWP), Deputy Chair 
  • TEXT:  Journal of Writing and Writing Courses, Special Issues Commissioning 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

  • visual narrative, including illustrated books for older readers and graphic novels
  • postmodern fiction, particularly in relation to experimental narrative devices
  • ficto-criticism and radical scholarship
  • 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

Research grants

Project name        Investigators Funding body    Year Focus

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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