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Creative Manoeuvres: Making, Saying, Being

Australasian Association of Writing Programs conference, 25-27 November 2013

The 18th annual Australasian Association of Writing Programs
(AAWP) Conference, 2013

Dates: Monday 25 November – Wednesday 27 November 2013
Venue: University of Canberra

The 18th annual conference of the AAWP will be a site for creative manoeuvres of divergent kinds. It will showcase artistic works and highlight creative modes of speaking; it will enable investigations of how we make and say; it will provide opportunities to explore how creative artists engage with research.

  • Is writing, no matter what its genre, always a kind of creative manoeuvre; a slant way of approaching the world and knowledge? Is it, implicitly, always an exploration of the irreducibly abstract and metaphorical nature of language?
  • When writers and other artists engage in the act of making, what do they do and what creative manoeuvres are involved? How do writing and speaking connect to non-verbal modes of expression and non-verbal forms of art?
  • In what ways does writing live in the body as well as in language, and how does it narrate ‘being’? What does it mean to use language to speak of being when so much of ‘being’ exists outside of language?

The AAWP Conference

AAWP was established at the inaugural conference in 1996. It now holds annual conferences at campuses around Australasia. The annual conference is the most important forum in Australia for the discussion of all aspects of teaching creative and professional writing and for debating current theories on creativity and writing.

Important dates for the 2013 Conference

  • Call for papers (Now closed)
  • Conference registration open from 1 April 2013
  • Full papers due for submission to the refereed stream 31 August 2013

AAWP Membership

All delegates presenting at the conference must have a current membership of the AAWP.

Submission guidelines for refereed streams

Promotional material


Please send submissions/direct enquiries to:
Shane Strange
Ph: (02) 6201 2597

Conference Organising Committee

Shane Strange (conference coordinator)
Professor Jen Webb
Associate Professor Paul Hetherington

Program overview

Full Conference Program eBook (PDF 1.7Mb) Last updated 19th November.

Day 1, Monday 25th November

12.00-3.00pm AAWP Executive Meeting
3.00-4.00pm Registration Opens
4:15-4.45pm Welcome to Country/Opening Reception
5.00-6.00pm Keynote Address – Michele Leggott
6.00-8.00pm Reception drinks

Day 2, Tuesday 26th November

9.00-9:30am Registration continues
9.30-10.30am Paper Chains 1
Morning Tea
Paper Chains 2
Creative Manoeuvres 1
3.30-4.30pm Keynote Address – Ross Gibson

Day 3, Wednesday 27th November

9.00–10.00am Paper Chains 3
10:00-10.45am Morning Tea
10:00-11.45am Paper Chains 4
1.00–2.15pm Creative Manoeuvres 2
2:15-3:00pm Afternoon Tea
AAWP General Meeting Location
3:45-4:45pm Plenary session - Looking back, looking forward
 4:45-6:00pm Farewell Drinks


Keynote speakers

Michele Leggott:
Michele LeggottMichele Leggott is a Professor of English at the University of Auckland and was the Inaugural New Zealand Poet Laureate 2007-09. She has published seven books of poetry, including Milk & Honey (2005, 2006), Journey to Portugal (2007) and Mirabile Dictu (2009). She edited Robin Hyde’s long poem The Book of Nadath (1999) and Young Knowledge: The Poems of Robin Hyde (2003). A major project since 2001 has been the development of the New Zealand Electronic Poetry Centre (nzepc) at the University of Auckland. Michele was made a Member of the New Zealand Order of Merit (MNZM) in the 2009 New Year Honours for services to poetry. See also
Ross Gibson:
Ross GibsonRoss Gibson is Professor of Contemporary Arts at the University of Sydney. Outside academia he has been Creative Director for the establishment of the Australian Centre for the Moving Image on Federation Square in Melbourne (1998 - 2002) and a Senior Consultant Producer during the inauguration and early years of the Museum of Sydney (1993 - 96).  He has served on the Boards of Screen NSW, Lucy Guerin Dance Company, the Hawke Research Institute and Western Sydney's Information & Cultural Exchange.  He has also been an advisor on the Foresighting Working Group for the Prime Minister's Science, Engineering and Innovation Council and the Object (Design Institute) Creative Committee advising the Sydney City Council's 2030 foresighting process.
In his research Gibson makes books, films and art installations and he encourages postgraduate students in similar pursuits. His scholarly work spans several media and disciplines addressing environmental consciousness and cross-cultural negotiations in colonial history, particularly in Australia and the Pacific. Recent projects include: the books Seven Versions of an Australian Badland (2002), The Summer Exercises (2009) and 26 Views of the Starburst World (2012); the video installation Street X-Rays (2005 - continuing); and the minimalist, photographic poem, 'Accident Music' which emerges weekly in a blog published by the Justice & Police Museum in Sydney (2010 - continuing).



'A conversation, on poetry'

Presented by Kevin Brophy and Jen Webb
Day 2, Tuesday 26 November
This workshop is designed for up to 12 poets, who should come ready to have a conversation about their work and that of others.
The program involves each person bringing one of their poems, of no more than 1.5 pages, and then:

  • read the poem
  • offer a description of the working method that produced the poem; 
  • engage in conversation about that poem

There is 10 minutes allocated to each poem/conversation.

Kevin and Jen will record the session, and with your permission, transcribe the recording and consider the material in the light of our current ARC-funded research project, 'Understanding creative excellence: A case study in poetry'.
Because of the limits of time and space, we can only accommodate 12 poets. This means that entry to the session will need to be by application prior to the conference. Please send your poem and a brief bio note to by 8 November.


All Shook Up: Using psychoanalysis to enhance writing

Presented by Dominique Hecq
Day 3, Tuesday 27 November


Special Symposium

Young and Emergent writers: policies and publishers

Chaired by Scott Brook and Tony Eaton
Day 3, Tuesday 27 November


  • Ivor Indyk (University of Western Sydney)
  • Emmet Stinson (University of Melbourne)
  • Anna Poletti (Monash University)
  • James Roy (Australia Council for the Arts)

Registration fees

Waged – Early Bird (before Sept 30) $300
Waged – full registration $370
Sessional/Concession/Daily $160
Postgraduate students $160
UC Staff $160
UC Student $120

The registration fee includes conference catering consisting of morning tea, lunch and afternoon tea on days 2 & 3 and a welcome/cocktail function on the evening of day 1.

Please indicate any special dietary requirements in the registration page.

Register here

AAWP Membership

All delegates presenting at the conference must have a current membership of the AAWP.


Flights into Canberra on Mondays can be quite expensive and quickly booked out (especially if it is a parliamentary sitting week). We suggest that, if possible, you book travel and accommodation as early as possible, or plan to arrive on Sunday instead.

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