Department of English

Associate Professor Marcelle Freiman

Marcelle FreemanPosition: Associate Professor in English
Contact Details
Office: W6A 623
Phone: 61-2-9850 6892
Fax: 61-2-9850 6593


BA (Wits), MA (Macquarie), PhD (Macquarie)


Marcelle Freiman's research and teaching is focused on Creative Writing, which she engages as both practice and theory. She also has interests in poetry and poetics, and postcolonial and diaspora literatures. She has published many articles on the practice and theory of Creative Writing, with a current strong interest in cognition and the theory of Extended Mind in the processes of creative writing - both as practice and learning. Her research has appeared in TEXT: Journal of Writing and Writing Courses and New Writing: The International Journal for the Practice and Theory of Creative Writing, as well as book chapters on postcolonial creativity and on the sonnet in the media to the Cambridge Guide to the Sonnet (2011).

During her career, her research in English literature has included the writing of J. M. Coetzee, and postcolonial and diaspora and migrant writing. Her work on diaspora literatures has a special focus on memory and history, with published articles and book chapters on Australian writers such as Peter Skrzynecki, Fay Zwicky, Arnold Zable, Lily Brett, Mark Baker and Alex Skovron.

Her creative practice is in the writing of poetry. She has published two books of poetry, White Lines (Vertical) (Hybrid Publishers 2010), and Monkey's Wedding (Island Press Co-op 1995), which was highly commended for the ASAL Mary Gilmore award in 1996. Her work has appeared in literary journals in Australia and overseas, including in Antipodes (US), Blue Dog, The Bulletin, Cordite Poetry Review, Kunapipi, Mascara Literary Review, Meniscus, Southerly, Stand Magazine (UK), and has been read on radio and in performance. Her creative work includes poetic ekphrasis, the role of visual arts in poetry, and roles of memory and cognitive experience in writing. She is a member of the Sydney based poetry group DiVerse, writing and performing poetry based on visual arts and objects in museums and galleries.

From 2008-2010 she was Chair of AAWP (The Australasian Association of Writing Programs); discipline member for Creative Writing on a 2010 ALTC Learning and Teaching Academic Standards Project for Creative and Performing Arts. From 2011 until 2016 she has been External Assessor for the University of Hong Kong MFA program in Creative writing and program review panel member at HKU. She is currently a member of the Advisory Board for the Executive Committee of the AAWP.

Within the Department of English, she is Program Director of the Major in Creative Writing, and convenes and teaches three undergraduate creative writing units. Her contribution to the Department's English Major includes guest lectures in a range of units and convening the capstone unit ENGL389. She also teaches within the MA in Creative Writing and Graduate Diploma in Creative Writing programs, convening and teaching CWPG 816 Poetry Seminar: Reading and Writing Poetry and supervising Creative Writing Manuscript Projects. She is also supervisor for PhD and MRes thesis projects, and Departmental HDR Director.

In 2008 Marcelle was awarded The Macquarie University Vice Chancellor's Award for Teaching Excellence.

Selected publications


  • Monkey's Wedding , Island Press Co-op, NSW, 1995.
  • White Lines (Vertical), Hybrid Publishers, Vic. 2010

 Book Chapters

  • Marotti, Arthur F. and Freiman, Marcelle, 'The English sonnet in manuscript, print and mass media', The Cambridge Companion to the Sonnet, Cousins, A. and Howarth, P (eds), UK, Cambridge University Press, 2011.
  • 'Post-colonial Creativity and Creative Writing', Creative Writing: Theory Beyond Practice, Brady & Krauth, QLD, Post Pressed, 2006.

Articles - refereed journals and proceedings        

  • 2015 'A "cognitive turn" in creative writing - cognition, body and imagination' New Writing: The International Journal for the Practice and Theory of Creative Writing. Vol 12., Issue 2, 2015: 147-142
  • 2015 'The Art of Drafting and Revision: Extended mind in creative writing', New Writing: The International Journal for the Practice and Theory of Creative Writing, Vol 12 Issue 1, 2015: 48-66.


  • 2012 'Ekphrasis, poetry and emplacement: "writing with" visual art', The Encounters: Place, Situation, Context Papers-The Refereed Proceedings of the 17th Conference of the Australasian Association of Writing Programs, 2012, Eds. Cassandra Atherton, Rhonda Dredge, et. al.  
  • 2011 D. L. Brien, M. Freiman, J. Kroll & J. Webb (2011), 'The Australasian Association of Writing Programs 1996-2011', New Writing: The International Journal for the Practice and Theory of Creative Writing, Vol 8 Issue 3, 2011: 238-263.
  • 2011 'Towards defining degree standards: creative writing and the performing arts', TEXT, Vol. 12, 2011 Special issue, Leadership in Writing and the Creative Arts, p.1-17.
  • 2010 'Mapping the Indian Ocean: poems of a South African migration in dialogue with Australian art', Cole, C., Freiman, M. and Brien, D. L. The Strange bedfellows or perfect partners papers: the refereed proceedings of the 15th conference of the Australasian Association of Writing Programs, 2010
  • 2010 'In Forster (Sand up the coast)' with Research Statement, The ERA era: creative writing as research, TEXT Special Issue Website Series, No 7, Vol 14 No 2 October 2010.
  • 2009 'Keeping interest alive: Emotion and the affects in creative writing', The Margins and Mainstreams Papers: the refereed proceedings of the 14th conference of the AAWP, 2009, Eds. Donna Lee Brien and Marcelle Freiman. AAWP publication.
  • 2007 'What do students learn when they do creative writing?', and is papers: proceedings  of the 12th conference of the AAWP, Eds. Associate Professor Jen Webb and Jordan Williams. AAWP publication.
  • 2006 'J.M. Coetzee's allegory of writing in Life and Times of Michael K ', TEXT: Journal of the Australian Association of Writing Programs, Vol 10, No 1, 2006.
  • 2005 'Writing/Reading: Renegotiating criticism', TEXT: The Journal of the Australian Association of Writing Programs, Vol 9, No1 April 2005.
  • 2003 'Dangerous Dreaming: Myths of Creativity', TEXT: The Journal of the Australian Association of Writing Programs, Vol 7, No 2 October 2003.
  • 2001 'Crossing the Boundaries of the Discipline: A Post-colonial Approach to Teaching Creative Writing in the University', TEXT: The Journal of the Australian Association of Writing Programs, Vol 5, No 2 October 2001.

Selected creative publications - poetry in literary journals

  • 'Hollow Tree', Antipodes, Vol 29:1, June 2015, Detroit, Michigan, Wayne State U. Press: p 55.
  • 'Aloe,' Southerly Vol 74.2 2014, NSW, English Association, Sydney: p. 173.
  • 'Seven Ways of Mourning,' Cordite Poetry Review, No 46 1 May 2014
  • 'Fire, on Margaret Preston', 'The Lacquer Room', Meniscus, Volume 1, Issue 1, August 2013.
  • 'Crickets', Westerly 58:1 July 2013, WA, Westerly Centre, UWA: p 48.
  • 'A Book', 'Chinese Box in Hong Kong', Mascara Literary Review, Issue 13, June 2013, NSW,
  • 'Yellow', 'Clown', 'Road', Mascara Literary Review Issue 3, 2008, NSW
  • '1971', Poetry Without Borders Michelle Cahill (ed), Warners Bay, New South Wales: Picaro Press, 2008: p 38-39.

Selected Reviews

  • 'Stimulating viewpoints and future directions', Review of Graeme Harper (ed), Creative Writing and Education. UK 2015 New Writing Viewpoints, TEXT: Journal of Writing and Writing Courses, Vol 20, No 1, April 2016.
  • Review of Kevin Brophy Patterns of Creativity: Investigations into the sources and methods of creativity, in TEXT Special Issue Website Series, Number 8 October 2010


ENGL121 Creative Writing 1: An Introduction
ENGL 233 Creative Writing 2: Concept and Context
ENGL231 Writing: From Manuscript and the Digital Age
ENGL389 Textual Practices (English capstone unit)
CWPG816 Poetry Seminar: Reading and Writing Poetry


  • Faculty of Arts HDR Committee
  • Department of English HDR Director.
  • Program Director, Major in Creative Writing


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