SSPDA Teachers

Carleton ChinnerCarleton Chinner is the author of the Cities of the Moon series of science fiction novels. His work has been long-listed for the Adaptable award and received honourable mention from the Writers of Future competition. He is a reviewer for the Aussie Speculative Fiction Review and is Secretary of the Management Committee for the Queensland Writers Centre.
Sherryl ClarkSherryl Clark has been teaching creative and professional writing to adults via TAFE and workshops in the community for more than 25 years. She’s taught novel and short fiction writing, writing for new media, story structure, poetry and writing for children. Many of her students have gone on to publishing successes. She has more than 70 children’s and YA books published, as well as two collections of poetry. Her crime novel, “Trust Me, I’m Dead”, was published in 2019 by Verve Books UK after being shortlisted for the CWA Debut Dagger Award.
She currently works as a freelance teacher, editor, manuscript assessor and writing mentor.
Andrew ConstantAndrew has been a published writer from a very young age when he parlayed work experience into an award-winning feature article for his local newspaper. After pursuing a variety of goals vocationally, Andrew came back to his true loves: fiction and narrative. Andrew has been a professional comic book writer since 2011. His first graphic novel, TORN, was published by Gestalt Publishing, the premier publisher of sequential storytelling in Australia. Since TORN, Andrew has published a variety of works through Gestalt, including BROKEN LINE and FLY. Andrew is currently working on KID PHANTOM with fellow comic artist Paul Mason.
Joe Dolce– Composer and poet. Born in the USA.
– Winner of 2017 University of Canberra Health Poetry Prize, for a choral libretto.
– Selected for Best Australian Poems 2015 & 2014.
– Winner of 25th Launceston Poetry Cup.
– Poetry, essays and short stories published in Meanjin, Monthly, Canberra Times,
and Antipodes (US).
– Writer and performer of the most successful song in Australian music history,
Shaddap You Face – Number One in fifteen countries.
– Writer of the alt-country classic ‘My Home Ain’t in the Hall of Fame’, recorded by
Keith Whitley, JD Crowe and the New South, Robert Earl Keen, Rosalie Sorrels and
Jonathan Edwards.
– Writer of the song ‘Intimacy’ included in the film, the ‘Terminator,’ now part of the
US Library of Congress.
– Composed and orchestrated SATB oratorio, Joan on Fire, performed by the MCO,
conducted by Spiros Rantos, at the Melbourne Baptist Church.
– Staff of Australian Institute of Music, teaching Ensemble and Composition (special
emphasis on poetry-to-music). 2016-2017.
– Recipient of Advance Australia Award.
– Most recent book: On Murray’s Run, poems and song-lyrics, selected by Les Murray,
– Most recent recording: Live at Poet House, art songs and duets with Lin van Hek.
– Monthly in-depth film and television reviewer for Quadrant, since 2018.
Houston DunleavyHouston was born in Ballymena, Northern Ireland. His family was “musical’ on both sides, and it was inevitable that would learn to sing, play piano etc. as a small child. His parents moved to Australia in 1972 and I studied
clarinet and theory as well as in singing. After graduating from The University of Melbourne, Houston started my professional career as a clarinetist and conductor. Then, after an accident almost severed my left thumb, he switched to composition full
time, travelling to the USA to complete Masters degrees in composition (with Donal Erb) and choral conducting (with Gilbert Brooks) at The
Cleveland Institute of Music, and a Ph.D. in music composition from The State University of New York at Buffalo, (with David Felder and Charles Wuorinen).

Houston was appointed to The University of Wollongong as Lecturer in Composition, eventually becoming Acting Head of The School of Music and Drama. From 2010, he taught at The Australian Institute of Music in Sydney
and Melbourne, becoming Head of the Composition and Production Program. He
was also MD of The Sydney Male Choir from 2010. Houston was Academic Director at The Australian Guild of Music Education and Musical Director of St Oswald’s Anglican Church, Glen Iris, until the end of 2019.

Now he is a freelancer again concentrating on composing,
conducting and private teaching. He is also a member of anarchic free improvisation group Third Rail. His music has been performed in over 20 countries and he has conducted internationally since 1985. He has also been composers-in-residence at numerous universities and festivals and the recording of my viols concerto A Kiss
Before the World’s End was nominated for a Latin grammy in 2019.
Malcolm FrawleyMalcolm Frawley is a writer/director/teacher & actor with over 40 years of professional experience. His plays &/or productions have been performed in Sydney, Melbourne, Adelaide, Canberra, Byron Bay & Darwin. 
Laura E GoodinLaura E Goodin has decades of experience in teaching at all levels and a wide range of subjects, particularly undergraduate and postgraduate. She specialises in teaching research and academic-writing skills in a variety of modes: face-to-face classrooms, online, blended delivery, and private tutoring. Her teaching experience is supported by her extensive experience in writing and editing academic articles, theses, presentations, and grant proposals: not only has she critically examined thousands of academic publications, but her work as an editor for the Journal of University Teaching and Learning Practice has ensured that she remains current with developments in the theory and practice of tertiary teaching and learning.
George IvanoffGeorge is a children’s author with over 100 titles,
including the You Choose interactive books, the Survival
Guide non-fiction books, the OTHERWORLDS series,
the RFDS Adventures, the Gamers trilogy and many
educational titles.
Need an energetic, passionate speaker for your festival
or conference? George can deliver anything from a
keynote address to a writing workshop, from a solo
presentation to participation in a panel discussion.
George is an experienced speaker who has conducted
presentations and workshops for a range of age
groups, from primary and secondary school to
university level, as well as general sessions for adults.
In 2019 he conducted over 100 individual sessions
across 41 schools, 7 libraries and 3 festivals.
Gillian PolackDr Gillian Polack is a writer, editor, scholar and teacher. Two of her novels (Ms Cellophane/Life through Cellophane and The Wizardry of Jewish Women) and her 2016 research monograph were shortlisted for awards. She has edited two anthologies (one of which, Baggage, was also shortlisted for an award). While seventeen of her short stories have bene published, this is her first collection.  One of her stories won an award and four others were listed as recommended reading on international years’ best lists. Gillian was awarded the Best Achievement Ditmar in 2010.
Gillian has taught writing, history and cultural awareness/understanding at the ANU, at various Writers’ Centres and to members of other professional writers’ organisations.
She has a PhD in Creative Writing, one in Medieval History and an array of academic publications. Until recently, she researched how writers think of history and how they use it in their fiction, and now she’s working on how other aspects of culture are encoded into novels.
Justin RandallJustin Randall is an illustrator and graphic novelist, mostly known for his award winning series, Changing Ways, interior art for 30 Days of Night and cover art for Silent Hill.
Susan SteggallSUSAN STEGGALL has a B. Art Theory (hons), a M. Art Theory (research) at COFA UNSW (Art & Design UNSW) and wrote a biography as a successful PhD thesis (UNSW), publishe as A Most Generous Scholar: Joan Kerr, Art and Architectural Historian, 2012 (Non-Fiction winner in the 2013 Society of Women Writers NSW Inc (SWW) Biennial Book Awards). Susan writes fiction and art history, often combining both. Publications include: Alpine Beach: A Family Adventure, novels, Forget Me Not and It Happened Tomorrow, art-related articles, book and exhibition reviews, book chapters and essays. She has also edited anthologies for SWW and was editor of the ISAA Review (journal of the Independent Scholars Association of Australia Inc) from 2010 to 2015. Her art mystery novel, set in France and Australia novel, ‘Tis the Doing not the Deed, was recently published by Shooting Star Press.