Staff profile - Robin Freeman

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Ms Robin Freeman

Position: Senior Lecturer
role description
Faculty or Division: Faculty of Arts and Education
Department: SCCA Arts & Ed
Campus: Melbourne Burwood Campus
Phone: +61 3 924 43954 +61 3 924 43954



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.


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


Association for Canadian Studies in Australia & New Zealand

Australasian Association of Writing Programs

Society of Editors (Vic)

Tertiary Writing Network

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.


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.

Subjects and units currently teaching

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

Student supervision

PhD associate supervision

2009 Tom Cho, 'Look who's morphing: a collection of fictions and an exegesis' (with Dr Ron Goodrich)

Honours projects

2012 Aidan Hogg, 'Fists in the air: deconstructing the plight of Melbourne's music culture' (with Karen Le Rosignol) (creative nonfiction plus exegesis)

2007 Brad Kingston, 'Colouring outside the lines' (fiction plus exegesis)

2006 Effie Papandreou, 'Philosophies of editing fiction' (editing project plus exegesis)

Postgraduate research projects

2012 Nancy Knudsen, 'In search of truth: finding an ethical way forward for the nonfiction writer' (memoir plus exegesis)

2012 Yvonne Parker, 'A chain of women - career to carer: can a feminist have it all? (memoir plus exegesis)

2010 Dyani Lewis, 'Creative nonfiction and the use of character in popular science' (essays plus exegesis)

2008 Tory Shepherd, 'Carnival of the grotesque' (fiction plus exegesis)

2007 Ryan Harper, 'Hong Kong stories' (short fictions plus exegesis)

2007 Jenny Herbert, 'Dousing the flames, Australian literature from the heroic to the circumspect' (organisational history plus exegesis)

2006 Philippa Brear, 'A working woman's disease' (investigative nonfiction plus exegesis)

2005 Nikki Tranter, 'Fired by reading: influence and catalyst in creating quality fiction' (fiction plus exegesis)

Conferences and seminars

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

Related Links

Verandah journal. Published by students of Deakin's Professional & Creative Writing course since 1986.

Creative writing website. Discover here events to be attened and prizes to strive for. Also, useful information about industry internships for student writers, plus a showcase of student writing.


Awards and prizes

Deakin University Commendation for Excellence in Teaching 2011

Faculty of Arts Teaching Award 2007


Research 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.

Research interests

Creative nonfiction writing

Indigenous writing and its publication

Cross-cultural editing and publishing

Australian book publishing industry

Research grants

Association for Canadian Studies in Australia & New Zealand (ACSANZ)
Postgraduate Travel Award 2010

Research page

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