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Artist in Residence program

Supporting artists, providing a space for creativity
Engaging the expertise of a renowned, practising artist, the program offers a range of masterclasses, workshops and events open to students, teachers and the wider community.

Promoting the importance of teaching and learning creatively, the residency provides a unique opportunity for the university community, education professionals and the general public to engage with a practising writer.

Along with a suite of learning events, the program supports the artist in the creation of new work and fosters relationships with the broader artistic community, providing a space for creativity and showcasing the work of the Arts and Creative Education Research Network.

2018 Writer in Residence: Mark Tredinnick

Winner of the Montreal Poetry Prize (2011) and the Cardiff Poetry Prize (2012), Mark Tredinnick is the author of The Blue Plateau, Fire Diary, and nine other acclaimed works of poetry and prose. His work is widely published in Australia and overseas and writes regularly for news outlets including The Australian, The Sun-Herald, and The Sydney Morning Herald.

Mark talks and teaches widely on writing, landscape, justice and ecology. For more than a decade he has run writing programs at the University of Sydney, at writers' centres in Australia and the US, and more recently, from his home in Burradoo. Mark mentors aspiring writers, edits manuscripts and has worked extensively as an editor and publisher. He teaches grammar and composition, and consults on writing matters with clients in business and government. 

“This is a bold, big-thinking poem, in which ancient themes (especially the theme of our human relationship with landscape) are recast and rekindled. It well deserves its eminence as a prize winner.”
Andrew Motion on “Walking Underwater”, winner of the 2011 Montreal Prize
  • Body Copy, Puncher & Wattmann, 2013
  • The Lyrebird, Picaro, Newcastle, 2011
  • Fire Diary, Puncher & Wattmann, 2010
  • Reading Slowly at the End of Time, New South Books, 2013
  • Australia’s Wild Weather, November 2011
  • Blue Plateau: A Landscape Memoir, UQP, Brisbane, and Milkweed, Minneapolis, winner Queensland Premier’s Literary Award (2010); shortlisted for the Prime Minister’s Literary Prize (2010) and the ACT Book of the Year (2010)
  • The Land’s Wild Music, Trinity, San Antonio, 2005
  • A Place on Earth (ed), UNSW Press, 2003; University of Nebraska Press, 2004

Events and workshops

In partnership with Sydney Ideas, Writer-in-Residence Dr Mark Tredinnick, Dr Frances di Lauro (Writing Studies), Dr Megan Le Masurier (MECO), and Dr Beth Yahp (Creative Writing/English) discussed the process of writing in the digital age. The event was chaired by Professor Annamarie Jagose, Dean of the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences.

Monday 15 October 2018

How do we invite students into the creative space? How do we allow them to feel, and feel entitled to, the courage they’ll need in order to bring out what is uniquely within each of them, and make a start on saying it on the page? This workshop explored creative writing: how it’s made and how it might be inspired and workshopped into work that perpetuates art’s project and leads young people into lives that are, themselves, works of art (works of art we never reach the end of).   

Friday 14 September 2018

Previous residencies

  • Jeannie Baker (2016)
  • Simon French (2014)
  • Donna Rawlins (2014)
  • Ali Cobby Eckermann (2014)
  • Andrew Upton (2013)
  • Nadia Wheatley (2012) 
  • Ken Searle (2012)
  • Libby Gleeson AM (2011)

Copyright Agency Cultural Fund

The Writer-in-Residence 2018 is generously supported by the Copyright Agency, a not-for-profit rights management organisation that ensures artists, writers and publishers are fairly rewarded for the reproduction of their work. The agency’s Cultural Fund provides grants to creative individuals and organisations for a diverse range of projects which aim to enrich Australian cultural life.