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The Practice is the Research: Creative Writing and the Symposium-led Model at RMIT University, Australia

February 19 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm

The Department of English and Comparative invites everyone to the lecture “The practice is the research: Creative Writing and the symposium-led model at RMIT University, Australia,” by the esteemed writer Michelle Aung Thin on February 19, 1PM-3PM, at PAV 1214.

RMIT’s Practice Research Symposium (PRS) is a PhD program for established and mid-career writers that runs in the Asia-Pacific and in Melbourne, Australia. This talk will discuss the innovative approach this transcultural, multi-disciplinary, low-residency program takes to creative writing research. What does practice-led creative writing research look like at the advanced, PhD level? How can a writer deepen their understanding of their practice to make shifts in their work and transform their practice? What kind of contributions to knowledge ensue? And finally, what differences have manifested themselves between the PRS program in Asia compared with the newer offering in Melbourne?

Michelle Aung Thin is a Senior Lecturer in the School of Media & Communication at RMIT. Born in Rangoon, Burma, she grew up in Ottawa, Canada and currently lives in Melbourne, Australia. Her research encompasses cross-cultural identities and the ethics of the intercultural encounter.

Her first book, “The Monsoon Bride,” is about mixed-race identity in colonial Rangoon and was shortlisted for the Victorian Premier Literary awards, unpublished manuscript. Her second, “Hasina,” examines the Rohingya genocide and was published as “Crossing the Farak River” in Canada and the USA where it won several awards, including USSBY outstanding International Book for 2021. Michelle is currently working on a book about cosmopolitan Rangoon on the eve of the Second World War.

Source: UPD Department of English and Comparative Literature Facebook


February 19
1:00 pm - 3:00 pm