Ms Robin Freeman

STAFF PROFILE

Position

Senior Lecturer

Faculty

Faculty of Arts and Education

Department

SCCA Arts & Ed

Campus

Melbourne Burwood Campus

Qualifications

Graduate Diploma of Professional Writing, Deakin University, 1994
Master of Arts, Deakin University, 2005

Contact

robin.freeman@deakin.edu.au
+61 3 924 43954

Biography

Robin Freeman is a senior lecturer in creative writing in the School of Communication and Creative Arts at Deakin University in Melbourne. Her research focuses on the theory and practice of creative nonfiction writing, which she teaches in both the undergraduate and postgraduate programs at Deakin. She is currently completing a PhD on ethical approaches to the editing and publication of Indigenous writing in settler societies, and her MA explored the publication of second-generation Holocaust writing in Australia during the 1990s. She has considerable professional experience, having edited and published trade, education and academic titles during a 15-year career in Australian book publishing.

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Research interests

Creative nonfiction writing

Indigenous writing and its publication

Cross-cultural editing and publishing

Australian book publishing industry
 

Affiliations

Association for Canadian Studies in Australia & New Zealand

Australasian Association of Writing Programs

Society of Editors (Vic)

Tertiary Writing Network

Teaching interests

Robin's teaching focuses on the theory and practice of creative nonfiction writing. She chairs creative nonfiction units at both under- and postgraduate levels. She is also responsible for the placement and supervision of undergraduate students undertaking writing, editing and publishing industry internships.

Units taught

Bachelor of Arts (Professional and Creative Writing)
ALW223 Creative nonfiction: the personal essay (unit chair)
ALW394 Writing Project B: Creative nonfiction  (unit chair)
ALX321 Creative industries internship

Master of Arts (Writing and Literature)
ALW720 Travel writing (unit chair)
ALW730 Creative nonfiction: telling it slant (unit chair)
ALW731 Creative nonfiction writing B (unit chair)

Knowledge areas

Creative writing theories, techniques and practices

Creative nonfiction writing

Editing and publication of Indigenous writing

The Australian book industry

Conferences

Papers delivered at:

Great Writing: the international creative writing conference, London, 29-30 June 2013

17th Annual Conference of Australasian Association of Writing Programs (AAWP), Geelong, 25-27 November 2012

International conference on diversity in organisations, communities and nations, Vancouver 11-13 June 2012

Tertiary Writing Network (TWN) 'Writing the future' Biennial Colloquium, Wellington NZ, 2-3 December 2010

Double Dialogues 'Hidden Stories' Conference, Melbourne 10-12 December 2009

Institute of Professional Editors (IPEd) Conference, Adelaide,  8-10 October 2009

Professional activities

Between 2003 and 2010 Robin supervised the publication of the literary journal Verandah working with a small team of third-year writing students. Currently, she has an advisory role with the journal which has been published annually since 1986. Verandah showcases the work of well-known authors, poets and songwriters alongside that of new and emerging writers and artists. Verandah is published in August and launched at the Melbourne Writers Festival.


In 2007 Robin initiated 'Writers at Deakin' in conjunction with the Melbourne Writers Festival. This event brings visiting national and international writers into the Burwood Campus Library for public readings and discussions about their work. Recent presenters include Judith Rodriguez, Frank Moorhouse, Jonathan Watts, Ananda Braxton-Smith, John Boyne, Antje Ravic Strubel, Chloe Hooper, Charlotte Wood, Emily Ballou and Ewan Morrison.

Awards

Deakin University Commendation for Excellence in Teaching 2011

Faculty of Arts Teaching Award 2007

Projects

Research projects include aspects of the theory and practice of creative nonfiction writing, concurrent with PhD research on ethical approaches to editing Indigenous writing in settler societies.
 

Publications

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2015

Disruption and resonance in the personal essay

Ms Robin Freeman, Ms Karen Le Rossignol

(2015), Vol. 12, pp. 384-397, New writing: the international journal for the practice and theory of creative writing, London, Eng., C1

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Writer-as-narrator: engaging the debate around the (un)reliable narrator in memoir and the personal essay

Ms Robin Freeman, Ms Karen Le Rossignol

(2015), Vol. 19, pp. 1-1, Text: journal of writing and writing programs, Nathan, Qld., C1

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2013

Cross-cultural editing and critique: confronting white estrangement from indigenous texts

Ms Robin Freeman

(2013), Vol. 12, pp. 13-21, International journal of diverse identities, Champaign, Illinois, C1

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2012

Clarifying creative nonfiction through the personal essay

Ms Robin Freeman, Ms Karen Le Rossignol

(2012), Vol. 15, pp. 1-11, Text, Nathan, QLD., C1

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The reader as audience : the appeal of the writers' festival to the contemporary audience

A/Prof Katya Johanson, Ms Robin Freeman

(2012), Vol. 26, pp. 303-314, Continuum, Melbourne, Vic., C1

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2010

Taking risks- experiential learning and the writing student

Ms Robin Freeman, Ms Karen Le Rossignol

(2010), Vol. 50, pp. 75-99, Australian journal of adult learning, Canberra, A.C.T., C1

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Black and white : in search of an ‘apt’ response to Indigenous writing

Ms Robin Freeman

(2010), Vol. 14, pp. 1-17, Text : journal of writing and writing courses, Nathan, QLD, C1

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2009

Telling a larger truth

Ms Robin Freeman

(2009), pp. 8-9, Victorian writer, Melbourne, Vic., J2

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We must become gatekeepers : editing indigenous writing

Ms Robin Freeman

(2009), Vol. 6, pp. 133-149, New writing : the international journal for the practice and theory of creative writing, London, England, C1

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2006

A case for blended and collaborative learning as strategies for teaching editing and publishing within a postgraduate writing program

Ms Robin Freeman, A/Prof Katya Johanson

(2006), pp. 119-131, Case for blended and collaborative learning as strategies for teaching editing and publishing within a postgraduate writing program, Napier, New Zealand, E1

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2005

The Fiftieth Gate : an Australian case study in twentieth-century 'popular' publishing

Ms Robin Freeman

(2005), pp. 1-17, Text, Gold Coast, Qld., C1

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2003

Technology and management systems for digital rights and content: the editors friend

Ms Robin Freeman

(2003), Vol. 1, pp. 287-297, International journal of the book, Altona, Vic, C1

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2002

National survey of trade and non-trade publishing organisations

Ms Robin Freeman, James Hawthorne

(2002), pp. 81-102, New markets for printed books : emerging markets for books, from the creator to the consumer, Altona, Vic., B1-1

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2001

Writer-publisher relationships

Ms Robin Freeman

(2001), pp. 105-124, Digital rights management and content development, Altona, Vic., B1-1

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New ways with content control and risk sharing

Ms Robin Freeman

(2001), pp. 145-154, Digital rights management and content development, Altona, Vic., B1-1

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Creative relationships in the publishing supply chain

Ms Robin Freeman

(2001), pp. 125-144, Digital rights management and content development, Altona, Vic., B1-1

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