Dr Ross Watkins

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Dr Ross Watkins


Senior Lecturer, Creative Writing

DCA Sunshine Coast, BA(Comn)(Hons) Technol.Syd., BA(Comn) Technol.Syd.

+61 7 5459 4657
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Dr Ross Watkins


Dr Ross Watkins is an adult novelist and children’s picture book author/illustrator. The Apology (UQP 2018) has been optioned as a television series with Fremantle Media, while his picture book One Photo (Penguin Random House 2016) was shortlisted for the 2017 CBCA Picture Book of the Year and published in China (TB Publishing 2018) and North America (Dad’s Camera, Candlewick 2018). Ross’ first major publication was as the illustrator of The Boy Who Grew Into a Tree (Penguin 2012), which was shortlisted for the 2013 Aurealis Award for Speculative Fiction. His scholarly research explores practices in illustrated narrative, representations of grief, and experimental scholarly writing modes such as fictocritcism. Ross is a General Editor for TEXT: Journal of Writing and Writing Courses, Australia’s most prestigious academic journal in the field, and an Executive Committee member of the Australasian Association of Writing Programs (AAWP), the peak academic body representing the discipline of Creative Writing in Australasia. Ross began teaching Creative Writing at USC in 2006.

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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
  • Arts Research in Creative Humanities


  • Children's Book Council of Australia (CBCA) Picture Book of the Year 2017 Shortlisted: One Photo
  • 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

Teaching Area

  • Creative Writing

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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