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Julienne van Loon

Associate Professor in Creative Writing, School of Culture & Communication, The University of Melbourne

Julienne van Loon's most recent book, 'The Thinking Woman' (NewSouth 2019), was highly commended for the Victorian Premier's Literary Awards for Nonfiction. She is the author of three critically acclaimed novels: 'Road Story' (2005, winner of The Australian/Vogel's Award), 'Beneath the Bloodwood Tree' (2008), and 'Harmless' (2013). Her most recent fiction publication is the novella 'Instructions for a Steep Decline' (winner, Griffith Review Novella Project, 2019).

Julienne teaches in the creative writing program at the University of Melbourne. Prior to this, she was Vice Chancellor's Senior/Principal Research Fellow at RMIT University (2015-2019) and the co-director of RMIT's internationally-renowned non/fictionLab research group (2020-2022). From 1999-2015, she led the creative writing program at Curtin University.

In addition, Julienne is an Honorary Fellow in Writing with the University of Iowa, Managing Editor at the scholarly journal 'TEXT: Journal of Writing and Writing Courses', and Series Editor for Bloomsbury Academic's 'Research in Creative Writing' series.

She is one of Australia's most experienced creative writing PhD supervisors. Publications by former research candidates include ‘The Furies’ by Mandy Beaumont (longlisted for the Stella Prize & shortlisted for the Queensland Literary Awards Fiction Book of the Year), 'An Exciting and Vivid Inner Life' by Paul Dalla Rosa (including The Sunday Times Audible Short Story award shortlisted 'Comme'), 'Of Memory & Furniture' by Bron Bateman (shortlisted for the Victorian Premier's Literary Award for Poetry), 'The Windy Season' by Sam Carmody (winner of the Readings Prize for New Australian Fiction), 'Red Dirt Talking' by Jacqueline Wright (winner of the TAG Hungerford Award and long-listed for the Miles Franklin Award), 'Reaching One Thousand' by Rachel Robertson (joint-winner of the Calibre Essay Prize and shortlisted for the National Biography Award), 'Things Left Over, After' by Natasha Lester (winner of the TAG Hungerford Award) and 'Letters to the End of Love' by Yvette Walker (winner, WA Premier's Book Awards, Emerging Author category and shortlisted for the Glenda Adams Award for New Writing).


  • 2023–present
    Associate professor, University of Melbourne


  • 2005 
    University of Queensland, Doctor of Philosophy
  • 1998 
    Curtin University, Graduate Diploma in Education (Higher and Further)
  • 1993 
    University of Wollongong, Master of Arts (Hons)
  • 1991 
    University of Wollongong, Bachelor of Creative Arts (Hons)

Professional Memberships

  • Australian Society of Authors
  • Australasian Association of Writing Programs

Research Areas

  • Creative Writing (Incl. Playwriting) (190402)