Rachel Robertson is a Lecturer in Professional Writing and Publishing at Curtin University, Western Australia. Her research interests include life writing, creative nonfiction, disability studies and motherhood, and she is Associate Editor of Life Writing journal. Her book, Reaching one thousand: a story of love, motherhood and autism, was published by Black Inc in 2012. Her work has appeared in anthologies and journals such as Griffith Review, Island, Westerly and Best Australian essays. She was joint winner of the 2008 Australian Book Review/Calibre Prize for an Outstanding Essay. Website: www.rachelrobertson.net.au
Paul Hetherington has published seven full-length collections of poetry—including the verse novel, Blood and old belief—and two poetry chapbooks. The most recent of these is Chicken and other poems (Picaro 2012). His poetry has won a number of prizes. Formerly publisher at the National Library of Australia, he edited the final three volumes of the Library’s four-volume edition of the diaries of the artist Donald Friend and was founding editor of the Library’s quarterly humanities and literary journal Voices (1991–97). He is Associate Professor of Writing at the University of Canberra where he convenes the Writing Program and chairs the Writing Research Cluster. He has written articles and essays on literary and cultural matters, including poetry, creativity, the use of new technologies and ways of providing access to cultural materials.
Dr Rachel Robertson visited the University of Canberra in 2011 and presented a seminar to students and staff about creative nonfiction and her own writing. Following are edited excerpts from the seminar, which took place on 13 October 2011.