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Honorary Associate Professor in Creative Writing and Literature, Macquarie University

Jane Messer is an esteemed  Australian fiction and nonfiction writer, teacher of creative writing and  writing  mentor. She is the author of three novels that have received critical success (Hopscotch, Provenance and Night by Night) and has edited and published two anthologies, written and produce two radio dramas and an online narrative game. Her scholarly research and  publications have focused on work life, mothering as work, and literary representations of mothering.  In 2021 she commenced freelancing and consulting as a writer’s mentor.

She was the Course Director of the Master of Creative Writing, Faculty of Arts, Macquarie University from 2004-2021, and continues her association with the Faculty of Arts as an Honorary Associate Professor in Creative Writing.  

She founded Macquarie University’s student creative writing journal, The Quarry, in 2012; and is a former judge of the Australian Vogel Literary Awards and former Director of the ASA. She lives in Sydney on Gadigal and Wangal land. (She/her)  

Books—
- Hopscotch. 2015. Novel. Sydney: Picador/ Pan Macmillan Australia.
- Provenance. 2007. Novel. Sydney: Vintage/Random House.
- Certifiable Truths - stories of love and madness. 1998. Anthology. Ed, J Messer. Allen & Unwin.
- Bedlam - anthology of sleepless night. 1996. Anthology. Ed, J Messer. Allen & Unwin.
- Night by Night. 1994. Novel. McPhee Gribble/Penguin.

Digital & Broadcast —
- The Great Fire. 2019. Online narrative game. Jane Messer, Malcolm Ryan, Paul Formosa, Stephanie Howarth. Prod: Chaos Game Theory, Sydney. https://wordsonplay.itch.io/the-great-fire
- Dear Dr Chekhov. 2015. Radio drama. Writer Jane Messer. Prod: Jane Messer, Jane Ulman. Radio National, Soundproof, August 21 & 23, 2015. 56 minutes. Australian Broadcasting Commission. http://www.abc.net.au/radionational/programs/soundproof/dear-dr-chekhov/6697620
- Mermaid of Cockatoo. 2007. Radio drama. Radio National, Airplay, 18 Feb and 23 Feb 2007. Repeat 19 April 2009. 26 minutes. Australian Broadcasting Commission.

Experience

  • 2021–present
    Honorary Associate Professor, Department of MCCALL, Macquarie University
  • 2004–2020
    Associate Professor, Department of English

Education

  • 2002 
    University of Technology, Sydney, Doctor of Creative Arts

Honours

OLT Citation for Outstanding Contributions to Student Learning 2014