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A House of One’s Own: Creativity in Residence


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Support opportunities for writers take many forms – but what is their true impact? On the 10th anniversary of RMIT University’s McCraith House Creative Residency Program, join a panel of past residents to explore the personal and professional influence of writing support.

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Since 2013, RMIT’s McCraith House Creative Residency Program has offered writers and creatives dedicated space and time to immerse themselves in their practice, located in the beautiful surrounds of the Mornington Peninsula.

To celebrate the Program’s 10th anniversary, join some of the house’s past residents – including Victorian Premier’s Literary Award for an Unpublished Manuscript winners André Dao and Keshe Chow, author of The Hummingbird Effect Kate Mildenhall, and host Francesca Rendle-Short – as they share their work and discuss the varying impacts of prizes, residencies, and support opportunities for writers.

The bookseller for this event is Neighbourhood Books.

Presented in partnership with RMIT Culture.



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Keshe Chow

Keshe Chow (she/her) is a Chinese-Australian author of speculative fiction and fantasy. She was the 2022 winner of the Victorian Premier’s Literary Awards Prize for an Unpublished Manuscript, the 2021 winner of the Rachel Funari Prize for Fiction, the 2021 winner of the Yarra Literature Prize ... Read more

André Dao

André Dao is a Melbourne-based writer, editor and artist. His debut novel, Anam, won the 2021 Victorian Premier’s Literary Award for an Unpublished Manuscript. It was published in 2023 by Penguin Random House Australia and Picador UK. He is the co-founder of Behind the Wire, the award-winning ora... Read more

Kate Mildenhall

Kate Mildenhall is a writer and teacher. Her debut novel, Skylarking, was longlisted for Debut Fiction in The Indie Book Awards 2017 and the 2017 Voss Literary Award and her bestselling The Mother Fault was longlisted for the 2021 ABIA General Fiction Book of the Year and shortlisted for the 2020 Au... Read more

Francesca Rendle-Short

Francesca Rendle-Short is an award-winning novelist, memoirist and essayist. She is a writer and researcher interested in experimental thinking, ethical enquiry, the value of collaboration and community building, and trans-national literatures and literary practices. Her creative and scholarly wr... Read more


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