Projects and speaking


I’m an experienced teacher and public speaker, and am always interested in being a part of panel discussions, teaching writing and editing workshops, and having a chat with groups about writing, editing, and publishing. Contact me for rates and bookings! Below you can see an example of my speaking, with my 2019 TEDxQUT talk, Everyone has a story to tell…

Upcoming appearances: 

  • Coming soon!

Past appearances:

  • Emerging Writers’ Festival – Lullaby. Free, online streamed event. Sunday, June 2020 730 – 8:30pm – Watch this appearance here on YouTube
  • Emerging Writers’ Festival  –  Lunchtime Lit: Writing Close. Streamed online, 18 June 2020.
  • Paper presentation, Writing through crisis: the function of moratorium in the cult novel, Australian Association of Writing Programs 24th Annual Conference, University of Technology Sydney, 25-27 November
  • TEDxQUT: Innovate, Activate, Motivate, 26 October 2019, Everyone has a story to tell
  • Student research seminar presentation, Down in the River to Pray – a Practice Led Master of Fine Arts (Research) Project, QUT Indigenous Research & Engagement Unit, March 2019
  • Team Captain, Forget Reading, You Should Watch More TV at QUT CreateX with Trent Dalton, Kris Olsson, Susan Johnson, Stephen M Irwin, and Christopher Przewloka (and Kári Gislason as chair), November 2018
  • MC, QUT Sessional Academic Stars, October 2018
  • Guest reader, QUT Literary Salon: Submit, August 2018
  • Finalist (People’s Choice Winner/Overall Highly Commended), QUT Sessional Academic Stars, October 2017
  • Panelist,QUT Indigenous Research & Engagement Unit: Indigisearch, September 2017
  • Guest reader, QUT open day: Robert Stewart and the Biscuit Tin, July 2017
  • Guest reader, QUT Literary Salon: Bang the Pots and Pans, May 2017
  • Panelist, Contact 2016: Cosplay: why dressing up can be an undressing of the soul, March 2016
  • Panelist, Emerging Writers’ Festival (Sydney): The Pitch, 2012


  • Programming: Paperbark Indigenous Literary Festival, Murri-Ailan Way, QUT, October 2017 – 2019
  • Writer: Cherbourg Family History Project, October 2017 – May 2018
  • Producer/co-creator: Easter for Heathens
  • Marketing Manager/Committee Member: National Science Fiction Convention (NatCon), Contact 2016, 2014 – 2016
  • Brisbane Writers’ Festival volunteer,  2010
  • Byron Bay Writers’ Festival volunteer, 2010
  • Sydney Writers’ Festival volunteer, 2010

Melanie Saward_Jill Kerswill

Presentation photo courtesy of QUT’s Learning and Teaching Unit
TEDxQUT video courtesy of QUT & TEDx
Photo of me and Archie by Jill Kerswill Photography