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Julienne van Loon

Associate Professor, Writing and Publishing, School of Media & Communication, RMIT University

Julienne van Loon's most recent book is The Thinking Woman (NewSouth 2019). She is the author of three critically acclaimed novels: Road Story, (2005), Beneath the Bloodwood Tree (2008), and Harmless (2013). She was Vice Chancellor's Senior/Principal Research Fellow at RMIT from 2015-2019 and is currently co-director of their non/fictionLab research group. Other honours include The Australian Vogel's Award (2004) for Road Story and an appointment as Honorary Fellow in Writing with the University of Iowa (2017). In collaboration with Nigel Krauth, she is co-managing editor at the scholarly journal TEXT: Journal of Writing and Writing Courses.

Julienne is one of Australia's most experienced PhD supervisors in the creative writing discipline. Publications by current and former research candidates include ‘The Furies’ by Mandy Beaumont (forthcoming 2022), 'An Exciting and Vivid Inner Life' by Paul Dalla Rosa (forthcoming 2022), '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).


  • 2019–present
    Principal research fellow/Associate professor, RMIT University
  • 2015–2018
    Senior research fellow, RMIT University
  • 2005–2015
    Senior lecturer, Curtin University
  • 2000–2004
    Lecturer, Curtin University
  • 1997–1999
    Associate lecturer, Curtin University


  • 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