Publications and achievements 2016
Southern Cross University's creative writing students and graduates continue to succeed in their chosen genres through various avenues. Here is a list of publications and achievements in 2016.
Katinka Smit and Stevi-Lee Avler - graduate and undergraduate, have run an eco-poetry workshop and poetry slam for school students as part of the SCU Climate Change Challenge.
Alessandra Salisbury - undergraduate, was the third prize winner in the 2016 Fusion Festival Poetry Competition for her poem 'Hummus and Herbs'.
Sharon Fearnside - undergraduate, was the guest reader at this year's annual Lismore Regional Gallery reading.
Mandy Bartlett, Stevi-Lee Alver and Sara Khamkoed - undergraduates, have had poems in Northerly, the magazine of the Byron Writers' Festival.
Katinka Smit - graduate, has a story in Westerly.
Lachlan Rutherford, Megan Morgan and Jacqueline Monro - graduates, and undergraduate respectively, blogged for the 2016 Byron Writers' Festival.
Marianne Bragge - undergraduate, is the inaugural winner of the Northern Rivers Writers Centre Prize for the Associate Degree of Creative Writing program (2016). She was accepted into Oxford University Creative Writing Summer School Program (successfully completed August 2016). In 2015, she received an SCU scholarship to travel to Barcelona to undertake a self-directed research project. The research and creative piece developed there has been published in the University of Barcelona's Bluegum magazine.
Martin Chatterton - PhD candidate, has signed a contract for a TV series of his children's Alexander the Elephant books.
Cath Piltz - undergraduate, has a story in Northerly Jan-Feb, 'At your service'. She reviewed for Rochford Street Review.
Lynn Ward - is a children's picture book author, with The Big Beet from Omnibus/Scholastic 2013, Sally Snickers' Knickers from Walker Books 2014, and A Perfect Place for a Wombat coming out from Omnibus/Scholastic this year in September.
Christine Tondorf - Master's student, is one of four winners of the 2016 Residential Mentorship: Byron Writers Festival for her novel manuscript Lure.
Stevi-Lee Alver - undergraduate, has her first book, Cactus, a long prose poem, published by Rochford Street Press, and she has a review in Rochford Street Review. She also had a review of the US poet Elieen Myles's reading in Sydney, in Rochford Street Review. Her story is recorded on the network/ecology cube on Lismore Campus' SCU Cube Walk.
Ashley Haywood - PhD graduate, has become the Associate Editor of Rochford Street Press
Katy Charles - undergraduate, has won the Teachers Mutual Bank First Year Academic Achievement Award for 2015. The prize is $650 awarded to the full-time undergraduate Education student (Katy is majoring in Writing), who has completed all eight first-year units in one academic teaching year achieving the highest grade point average. Katy said on the Writing@SCU Facebook page: 'Three of my eight first year units were writing units. A big thank you to my writing teachers.'