My name is Lisa Smithies and I am a first year PhD candidate at Melbourne University.

This blog will follow the next three years of my academic journey, providing helpful discussion with others out there in a similar boat.

I will be posting on anything that relates to creative writing in academia including: study practices, opportunities to publish and network, creative dilemmas and everyday struggles with PhD research, as well as the occasional theoretical question.

My own thesis looks at creative writing in relation to cognitive science, literary theory and evolutionary psychology. Did you yawn? The thesis will be half theoretical discussion, half creative writing piece.

My aim is to post at least once a week.

Warning: This blog may contain nuts and occasional swearing.


17 Responses to About

  1. barbara says:

    Hello Lisa! I’m living in Melbourne and I want to do a in creative writing Phd. I’m from Spain and there we do not have this type of PhD, so for me it’s a great opportunity, but I have many questions about the selection procedure. Can I contact you by email or at the University? I would appreciate it so much if you could help me.

  2. Hi Lisa,

    I didn’t get the chance to say how much I enjoyed your paper at the AAWP conference on Monday. I’m in the first year of a (50/50) Creative Writing PhD, looking at related approaches (Cognitive Integration and Extended Mind, in particular), and your paper really spoke to much of what I’m doing. So, a belated hello, and a big thank you! Hope to catch more of your work down the track.


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  4. huka says:

    Kia ora Lisa, great blog to stumble onto today. I am a creative practice PhD student from New Zealand. Although my research investigates writing from the perspective of an Indigneous visual/performance artist, the themes of your research most definitely resonate in abstract ways. Best wishes on your journey, I look forward to reading more :).

  5. JTV says:

    Hi Lisa,
    Was glad to stumble across your (great) blog.
    I’m a doctoral candidate at UWS in a fairly similar area… and like you, am now in 3rd year…
    My thesis is on Film/Screenwriting/Transmedia – and uses consilience/literary Darwinism/biopoetics/evolutionary psychology… So – I bet we have similar sources…
    eg Pinker, Tooby & Cosmides, Buss, DS Wilson, EO Wilson, Carroll, Gottschall, Boyd, etc.
    Would love to maybe chat more, eg on email, or something.
    My own research blog is at: http://storyality.wordpress.com/
    (& pls see the CONTACT page)

  6. tildaoz says:

    Hi there, I’ve just started a creative writing Phd (historical novel and exegesis) and was really pleased to find your blog. I’m living in Switzerland and doing it off-campus (very off-campus) through Deakin University, so it’s really great to know there’s someone else out there, even if you’re on the other side of the world.

    • Wow, you are a long way from home. Hope it goes well.

      • Kate Paine says:

        Thanks! Just flew into Australia for two weeks with my family and after 24 hours on the plane I am reminded (once again!) that Switzerland really is a very long way from home. But I’m hopeful that the Phd will be doable. I just have to make sure I’m linked into as many useful networks as possible. Good luck with your writing.

  7. My Secret PhD Life says:

    No yawns here! The fact that your thesis is going to be half creative writing is amazing! I did my MA in creative writing and absolutely loved it 🙂 Good luck with the PhD.

  8. Sarah Gibson Yates says:

    i’m just starting the same – a creative writing PhD – so really interested to come across your blog on a search. after a quick scan of these pages i have already found some useful links. thank you. maybe we can have some useful conversations over the couple of years and i can return the favour with some useful links for you
    by the way i didn’t yawn as i read the description of your research topic. sounds really interesting. looking forward to hearing more. mine aims to explore the narrativisation of self online through social media – basically the way we construct and communicate ourselves onllne – in relation to literary theory and practice, the philosophy of Deleuze and Foucault, ethno-anthropology and certain psychotherapeutic practices. [did i hear a yawn?!] hope you’re having a great hols!

    • Thanks for the feedback, sorry it took me so long to get back to you. I had a really good holiday. It is nice to meet a fellow CW blogger and glad I could offer some useful links. Had a look at your site and you have some really useful ideas there too – I have added a link to it in my creative writing links. Your research topic sounds really interesting too. No yawning from this side. Good luck with the study and hope we can chat again soon.

  9. Hello, love the blog – I’ve just nominated you for the Very Inspiring Blogger Award:

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