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Thursday, 29 November 2012


ECU’s Graduate Research School recently hosted its annual writers’ retreat in collaboration with Victoria University in the picturesque Chittering Valley.

Doctoral and masters students from both Universities visited the Chittering Valley Retreat for five days to develop their writing skills.

This year’s retreat, held in October, helped candidates develop skills to experiment with their writing, engaging with the reader and pushing the boundaries on how to present scholarly knowledge.

The interaction with other students and guests also created new networks and a fantastic opportunity for WAAPA PhD candidate Lucy Eyre.

Lucy performed a short story she wrote for the Performing Your Word Writing Retreat and on that basis was invited by Professor Ron Adams from Victoria University to prepare an expanded version for the Dening Commemoration.

The Greg Dening Commemorative lecture has been held annually since 2009 to celebrate the memory of Professor Greg Dening, whose ethnographic approach to history marks him out as one of the world’s most influential historians of the last 50 years.

Commencing in 2013, the commemoration is being expanded to include presentations from six of Australia's most promising emerging researchers/writers whose work displays the creative and performative dimensions of research and writing that characterised Greg Dening's work.

As well as encouraging the students by selecting them as participants, the Dening Commemoration committee will endeavour to mentor them to fulfil the promise they have demonstrated. 

For more information on opportunities at ECU’s Graduate Research School visit the school website.


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