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Position: Professor of Creative Writing
DCA, MA, BA, Grad Dip Adult Ed, Associate, Diploma of Writing and Editing
+ 61 4221 3555


Professor Catherine Cole is Professor of Creative Writing in the Faculty of Law, Humanities and the Arts, University of Wollongong, NSW, Australia.

She has published three novels, (Dry Dock, Skin Deep (Harper Collins 1999 and Duffy and Snellgrove, 2002) and The Grave at Thu Le, Picador, 2006), two non-fiction books, (Private Dicks and Feisty Chicks: An Interrogation of Crime Fiction (Curtin University Press, 1996) and The Poet Who Forgot (UWA Press, 2008) She is the editor of the anthology, The Perfume River: Writing from Vietnam (UWA Press, 2010) and co-editor with McNeil and Karaminas of Fashion in Fiction: Text and Clothing in Literature, Film and Television, (Berg UK and USA, May 2009). Her poetry, short stories, essays and reviews have been published in Australia and internationally and produced by BBC Radio 4.

She has supervised to completion the Doctorates and MAs of more than 25 students including many of Australia’s leading and emerging writers: 

  • Anna Funder
  • Charlotte Wood
  • Ashley Hay
  • Adam Aiken
  • Jennifer Levasseur
  • Pam Newton
  • Pip Newling
  • Alice Ulgezer
  • Tara Mokhtari 
  • Kylie Boltin

She has twice been a member of the Australian Research Council's Excellence in Research Australia research evaluation committee (ERA) in Humanities and the Creative Arts and has provided expert advice to a range of universities on their research and creative practice activities. She is a regular book reviewer, participant in Australian and international writers' festivals and a judge of major national book awards. 

Professor Cole was formerly Deputy Dean of the Faculty Creative Arts and has played a senior management role in university governance in each of the universities at which she worked. She previously was Professor of Creative Writing, RMIT University in Melbourne and a Senior Lecturer University of Technology, Sydney and Lecturer, University of UNSW. She has academic relationships with a range of international universities and is regularly invited to review the writing and creative arts programs of universities in Australia and overseas. She also advises tertiary and secondary institutions about teaching and learning in the creative arts.

See also:

Research Interests/ Areas of expertise:

  • Creative Writing
  • Historical Fiction
  • Postcolonial fiction
  • Memoir and Life Writing
  • Crime Fiction and True Crime
  • Poetry
  • Short fiction
  • Asia Pacific writing
  • Creative communities
  • Australian/French cultural relationship

Potential Topics for HDR & Honours Supervision 

Projects associated with my research interests and creative projects in most genres.

Research Students:

  • Caroline Baum (co)
  • Michelle Cahill
  • Julie Keys
  • Deborah Pike
  • Grahame Pope
  • Leigh Redhead
  • Daniel Stephenson
  • Kylie Stevenson
  • Lucinda Strahan
  • Sarah Turnbull
  • Donna Waters 


  • Luke Slattery

Recent Awards and Fellowships


  • Visiting Writing Fellow, Inaugural International Writers’ Residency, Sun Yat Sen University, China
  • Cole has previously been a Writing Fellow in France, UK, Vietnam and Australia.


  • Judge – Charles Perkins Centre Fellowship
  • Professional membership
  • Australian Society of Authors
  • Royal Society for the Arts

Competitive Research Funding 

During the past nine years I have secured funding of $514,000 for research projects and other project activities within creative writing.

Last reviewed: 15 March, 2017