Francesca Rendle-Short is Associate Dean Writing and Publishing in the School of Media and Communication. She is an Associate Professor of Creative Writing, Co-Director of WrICE (Writers Immersions and Cultural Exchange) and co-founder of the research group non/fictionLab.
Francesca is an award-winning novelist, memoirist, essayist and poet. Her books include the critically acclaimed memoir-cum-novel Bite Your Tongue, the novel Imago, and anthologies The Near and The Far (Scribe Publications, 2016; co-edited with David Carlin), and Press: 100 Love Letters (University of Philippines Press, 2017; co-edited with Laurel Fantauzzo). She is co-author of a limited edition book composed out of iPhone notes with Martina Copley called No Notes (This is writing). Her work has appeared in books and anthologies, literary journals, academic journals, online and in exhibitions including TEXT, New Writing: The International Journal for the Practice and Theory of Creative Writing (Taylor & Francis), Life Writing (Taylor & Francis), Axon: Creative Explorations, The Lifted Brow, Best Australian Science Writing (NewSouth), Just Between Us (Pan Macmillan), Overland, Bumf, Rabbit, Killing the Buddha, Margaret Lawrence Gallery, Queensland Historical Atlas, and The Essay Review (Iowa). Her artwork is in the collection of the Queensland State Library.
Francesca is interested in a research practice that seeks to subvert normative practices. She is intent on developing a scholarly praxis that pays attention to form as well as content – voice, style and structure – one that is idiosyncratic and playful in nature, attentive to whimsy and transgression, and is experimental. She interrogates the ethical and affective materialities of bodies and language as expressed through a creative practice. In particular queer(ly) and prepositional thinking. These interests come together in a number of collaborations and projects. She is co-founder of the non/fictionLab in the School of Media and Communication, a research group that explores and articulates the value of 'thinking through making' and is co-director of WrICE (Writers Immersion and Cultural Exchange) an acclaimed international collaborative residency program bringing together writers from around the region including Malaysia, Singapore, Hong Kong, Vietnam, Myanmar, Indonesia, South Korea, India, West Timor, Papua New Guinea, the Philippines, China, and Australia. She is engaged with STREAT, a social enterprise assisting young people who are disadvantaged and homeless on an applied creative writing research project. Francesca has initiated and continues to lead industry-focused integrated scholarship projects and programs such as The Gazette in conjunction with Emerging Writers' Festival, intercultural writing and publishing studios and study tours (she was awarded New Colombo Fund money to take students to China in 2017), and a City of Melbourne Knowledge Week initiative with creative writing students from HE and VE. Francesca is a PhD and Masters supervisor and is currently on the supervisory team for the PRS Asia (Practice Research Symposium), an offshore PhD program in creative practice research. She is also part of the Flipped PRS experiment along with her creative writing colleagues, which explores a "reverse pedagogic" model of creative practice as research.
Francesca has a Doctor of Creative Arts from the University of Wollongong, was the recipient of an International Nonfiction Writers' Fellowship at the University of Iowa, USA, and was showcased in the 2015 Outstanding Field at Victoria College of Arts, University of Melbourne.
Francesca Rendle-Short is Associate Dean Writing and Publishing. She is co-director of WrICE. She supervises Masters and PhD research students including PhD students enrolled in the PRS Asia.
Francesca is interested in nonfiction studies, collaborative practices, "applied" creative writing, experimental and queer writing.
Francesca is a registered supervisor and supervises a range of research students at Honours, Masters and PhD level. Her students focus on projects in creative practice.
Doctor of Creative Arts (DCA), University of Wollongong
Bachelor of Education (BEd), University of New England
Diploma of Education (DipEd), University of New England
Bachelor of Arts (BA), University of New England
- Rendle-Short, F. (2020). Preposition as method: creative writing research and prepositional thinking, methodologically speaking In: New Writing: The International Journal for the Practice and Theory of Creative Writing, , 1 - 13
- Rendle-Short, F. (2019). Towards poetic address: Anne Carson slag In: Overland Literary Journal Melbourne Australia
- Rendle-Short, F.,Taylor, S.,Scott, R.,Ellis, M. (2019). DISRUPT: Mapping the future of Melbourne through stories In: Melbourne Knowledge Week Melbourne Australia
- Rendle-Short, F.,Scott, R.,Taylor, S.,Aung Thin, M.,Ellis, M. (2018). No one wakes up wanting to be homeless: A case study in applied Creative Writing In: Social capital and enterprise in the modern state, Palgrave Macmillan - Springer Nature, Cham, Switzerland
- Rendle-Short, F.,Ellis, M. (2018). As a matter of love: A short dialogue on love made material In: The Materiality of Love: Essays on affection and cultural practice, Routledge, New York and London
- Rendle-Short, F. (2018). Writing the Self (The Body) as mer-mer In: Offshoot: Contemporary Life Writing Methodologies and Practice, UWAP Scholarly, Perth, Australia
- Copley, M.,Rendle-Short, F. (2018). 'Across speak and/or waywardness' In: AXON: Creative Explorations Canberra, Australia
- Rendle-Short, F.,Eades, Q.,Borich, B.,Murray, P.,Ypil, L. (2018). Nonfiction as Queer Aesthetic: Score for Five Speakers in Two Acts In: Fourth Genre East Lansing, Michigan
- Rendle-Short, F. (2018). ''Crossing It'': Transgenre Notes towards Transit In: Departures in Critical Qualitative Research, 7, 7 - 17
- Rendle-Short, F. (2017). Essay (queer). The. Essay. Queer. And. All. That In: TEXT Special Issue Series, 39, 1 - 12
6 PhD Completions and 1 Masters by Research Completions8 PhD Current Supervisions
- WrICE (Phase 2): RMIT Copyright Agency Asia-Pacific Partnership Program. Funded by: Copyright Agency Cultural Fund 2017 onwards from (2017 to 2018)
- Women Writers in the City. Funded by: City of Melbourne Arts Grant from (2017 to 2017)
- RMIT Copyright Agency Asia-Pacific Partnership. Funded by: Copyright Agency Cultural Grant 2014 from (2014 to 2017)
- RMIT Copyright Agency Asia-Pacific Partnership. Funded by: Copyright Agency Limited Grant pre-2014 from (2013 to 2014)
- StoriesNOW. Funded by: Copyright Agency Limited Grant pre-2014 from (2011 to 2013)