Curriculum Vitae

Dr Michelle Dicinoski



2010             Ph.D., Creative Writing (Creative Non-Fiction), The University of QueenslandThesis title: “Time, Space, Self: The Present Tense, Parataxis, and Narration in Memoir.” This work contains my memoir Ghost Wife and the exegesis “Present Tense, Parataxis, and the Autobiographical ‘I’ in Three Memoirs.”  

2006             M.Phil., Creative Writing (Poetry), The University of Queensland. This work contains my poetry collection Electricity for Beginners and an exegesis about the trope of the unwritten poem in poetry.

2000             B.A. Hons (first class), Literature, The University of Queensland.




2015            Telling Tiny Stories: A Guide for Writing Real and Imaginary Lives. 

2013           Ghost Wife: A Memoir of Love and Defiance. Melbourne: Black Inc..

2011            Electricity for Beginners (poetry collection). Melbourne: Clouds of Magellan.


Refereed Journal Articles           

2013            “Narrating from ‘Nowheres and Notimes’: Tense, Parataxis, and Trauma in Kathryn Harrison’s The Kiss.New Writing: The International Journal for the Practice and Theory of Creative Writing. 10.1. 

2012            “Digital Archives and Cultural Memory: Discovering Lost Histories in Digitised Australian Children’s Literature 1851–1945.” Papers: Explorations into Children’s Literature 22.1: 110-120.


Creative Nonfiction Essays

2015            “The Slowest Drop.”  Mary: A Journal of New Writing. Winter 2015. 

2014             “By Our Own Hands.” Archer Magazine. December.

2014             “Medicine Cabinets.” The Lifted Brow 24.

2013            The Future That Never Took Place: Exploring Detroit’s Abandoned Buildings.” Meanjin 72.4: 48-62.

2013            “Imaginary Futures: The Fight for Marriage Equality in Australia.” Kill Your Darlings 15 (2013): 8-19.

2013             “The Light Museum.” Bumf.

2012             “Tomorrow is Not Promised.” Stilts 2.

2010             “How to Grow a Lawn.” Meanjin 69.2: 155-159.



My poems have appeared in The Best Australian Poems (ed. Les Murray), Australian Literary Review, The Weekend Australian, Cultural Studies Review, Meanjin, Literature in North Queensland, Foam:e, Swamp, Re-Placement: A National Anthology of Creative Writing from Universities Across Australia, M/C Journal and Cordite. They have also been broadcast on ABC’s Radio National.



2012            Marten Bequest Travelling Scholarship (poetry): a grant of $20 000 to travel through Europe, NZ and the USA to promote Electricity for Beginners and participate in poetry workshops and invited readings.

2012            Electricity for Beginners Highly Commended, Anne Elder Award (for best first book of poetry in Australia in 2011).

2010             Australia Council grant to create new work (creative nonfiction), $15 000.

2010             Elizabeth George Fellowship: $500 and a month-long, all-inclusive residency at Hedgebrook, Whidbey Island, Washington. Awarded to the two highest-ranked Hedgebrook applicants of the year.

2008             Awarded an Australian Society of Authors Mentorship, to work with poet Judith Beveridge to revise my poetry manuscript “Electricity for Beginners” for submission to publishers.

2006            Australian Postgraduate Award: A stipend of approximately $20 000 annually for 3.5 years to complete doctoral studies in Creative Writing at the University of Queensland.

2003             UQ Joint Research Scholarship: A stipend of approximately $18 000 annually for two years to complete Master of Philosophy in Creative Writing at the University of Queensland.



2013            Hedgebrook residency, Whidbey Island, Washington.

2013             Tin House Writers Workshop, Portland, Oregon.

2012            Creative residency, Arteles Creative Center, Hämeenkyrö, Finland.

2010            Elizabeth George Fellowship, Hedgebrook, Whidbey Island, Washington.



2015            Queensland Writers Centre, Brisbane. Memoir Masterclass. 24 May.

2015            Queensland Writers Centre, Brisbane. Personal Essay Workshop. 30 May.

2013            Flinders University, Adelaide, Australia. “Art, Lies and Truth: A Life Writing Masterclass” and “Researching and Writing Memoir in an                       Academic Context.”

2012            Greenwich University, England. “Poetry Publication: From Thesis to Book.”



I have read my poetry and prose at many events around the world. These include the Alchemy Reading Series (Prague), King’s College London public seminars (London), University of Greenwich (London), Arteles Creative Residency (Finland), Melbourne Writers Festival (2013), Australian Poetry Festival (Sydney 2010), Queensland Poetry Festival (Brisbane 2012, 2011), Poetry Live (Auckland, 2012), and the Tin House Writers Workshop (Portland, Oregon; 2013). 



Teaching and Tutoring

2016          Adjunct professor, Introduction to Creative Writing, Cambridge College, Massachusetts.

2015-       Professional Writing Tutor, Cambridge College, Lawrence, Massachusetts. 

2015           Sessional Tutor, Creative Nonfiction, The University of Queensland. This role involves leading writing workshops, developing workshop exercises and curriculum materials, and grading.

2015            Sessional Tutor, Novel and Memoir, Queensland University of Technology.  This role involves leading writing workshops, developing workshop exercises and curriculum materials, and grading.

2014            Sessional Tutor and Guest Lecturer, Writing Autobiography, La Trobe University. This role involved delivering a guest lecture, leading discussion sessions and writing workshops, developing curriculum materials, and grading.

2013            Honours Supervisor (creative nonfiction). This role involved supervising and guiding a student's year-long creative project and thesis. 

2013            Sessional Tutor, Poetry, University of Melbourne.  This role involved leading writing workshops and grading.

2013             Sessional Lecturer, Life Narrative, Monash University. This role involved delivering a weekly combination lecture-seminar on life narrative theory and practice.  

2005–10      Sessional Tutor, Fundamentals of Writing, The University of Queensland. This role involved delivering weekly composition classes, contributing to teaching materials, and grading.

2008            Sessional Tutor, Creative Nonfiction, Queensland University of Technology. This role involved leading writing workshops, developing workshop exercises and curriculum materials, and grading.

2003–04      Sessional Tutor, Introduction to Creative Industries. Queensland University of Technology. This role involved leading discussion groups in creative industries theory and practice, and grading.



2015             Researcher, social media literacy project, Queensland University of Technology.

2010–12       Researcher for two federally funded projects focused on Australian children’s literature and publishing. These projects, the Children's Literature Digital Resources project, and the Asian Australian Children's Literature and Publishing project, are administered by Queensland University of Technology and the scholarly database AustLit.


Editing and Writing

2010-    Freelance writer and editor. My writing has been widely published in Australia (see “Publications”). As an editor, I have worked with masters and doctoral students in disciplines including education, library and information studies, creative writing, and  media studies. Other clients have included non-profit organisations.



Dr Stuart Glover

Senior Lecturer                                   

School of Communication and Arts

The University of Queensland

Telephone: +61 7 3365 2860



Dr Peta Mitchell

Senior Research Fellow

Media, Entertainment, Creative Arts

Creative Industries Faculty

Queensland University of Technology

Phone: + 61 7 3138 8007



Professor Kerry Mallan

Director, Children and Youth Research Centre and Chief Investigator, CLDR and AACLAP projects

Faculty of Education

Queensland University of Technology

Telephone: +61 7 3138 3463



Brooks Winchell 

Assistant Director of Academic Support

Cambridge College, Lawrence

Telephone: +1 617-873-0484