Overview

Current Work

In addition to my memoir The Causals (2011) and novel Atomic City (2013) my creative and non-fiction work short form work can be read in a variety of national and international publications including The Asia Literary REVIEW, Best Australian Stories, Griffith REVIEW, Overland and the Review of Australian Fiction. In 2017 I was a finalist in the Ernest Hemingway Foundation's annual Hemingway Shorts Prize and my short story 'Raining Price' was one of five pieces selected to feature in a special fiction edition of Overland 'The Idea of Women'. I have recently completed my third novel with the working title 'The Sea Inside You' due for release in 2017.  

News

Expertise Keywords

  • Literature
  • creative writing

Country Affiliations

  • Indonesia

Research Publications and Outputs

Recent Publications

Publications: 31 (Other: 31)

Funded Griffith Research

Engagement and Impact

Learning and Teaching

Teaching Philosophy

I am a passionate teacher committed to building on and enhancing the distinction of the creative writing major here at Griffith. The two courses I convene and contribute to significantly, Popular Genres and Editing for Publication, are highly practical with an engaging set of resources and up to date examples linked to current trends and movements. I'm also a strong believer in extra-curricular programs and initiatives that provide opportunities for our writing majors. I have led two Overseas Mobility study tours to the Ubud Writers and Readers Festival in Indonesia and actively promote and design creative writing events, performances and retreats particularly in relation to my advisory role with the student run Small Room Writers Collective.  

Current and Past Courses

  • Editing for Publication (3706HUM)
    Convenor, In Person, Gold Coast Campus, Semester 2, 2018.
  • Editing for Publication (3706HUM)
    Teacher, In Person, Gold Coast Campus, Semester 2, 2018.
  • Editing for Publication (3706LHS)
    Convenor, In Person, Gold Coast Campus, Semester 2, 2018.
  • Editing for Publication (3706LHS)
    Teacher, In Person, Gold Coast Campus, Semester 2, 2018.
  • Editing for Publication (3706HUM)
    Convenor, In Person, Nathan Campus, Semester 2, 2018.
  • Editing for Publication (3706HUM)
    Teacher, In Person, Nathan Campus, Semester 2, 2018.
  • Editing for Publication (3706LHS)
    Convenor, In Person, Nathan Campus, Semester 2, 2018.
  • Editing for Publication (3706LHS)
    Teacher, In Person, Nathan Campus, Semester 2, 2018.
  • Writing Poetry (2154HUM)
    Convenor, In Person, Gold Coast Campus, Semester 1, 2017.
  • Writing Poetry (2154LHS)
    Convenor, In Person, Gold Coast Campus, Semester 1, 2017.
  • Popular Genres (3723HUM)
    Convenor, In Person, Gold Coast Campus, Semester 1, 2017.
  • Popular Genres (3723HUM)
    Teacher, In Person, Gold Coast Campus, Semester 1, 2017.
  • Popular Genres (3723LHS)
    Convenor, In Person, Gold Coast Campus, Semester 1, 2017.
  • Popular Genres (3723LHS)
    Teacher, In Person, Gold Coast Campus, Semester 1, 2017.
  • Editing for Publication (3706HUM)
    Convenor, In Person, Gold Coast Campus, Semester 2, 2017.
  • Editing for Publication (3706LHS)
    Convenor, In Person, Gold Coast Campus, Semester 2, 2017.
  • Writing Poetry (2154HUM)
    Convenor, In Person, Nathan Campus, Semester 1, 2017.
  • Writing Poetry (2154LHS)
    Convenor, In Person, Nathan Campus, Semester 1, 2017.
  • Popular Genres (3723HUM)
    Convenor, In Person, Nathan Campus, Semester 1, 2017.
  • Popular Genres (3723HUM)
    Teacher, In Person, Nathan Campus, Semester 1, 2017.
  • Popular Genres (3723LHS)
    Convenor, In Person, Nathan Campus, Semester 1, 2017.
  • Popular Genres (3723LHS)
    Teacher, In Person, Nathan Campus, Semester 1, 2017.
  • Editing for Publication (3706HUM)
    Convenor, In Person, Nathan Campus, Semester 2, 2017.
  • Editing for Publication (3706LHS)
    Convenor, In Person, Nathan Campus, Semester 2, 2017.
  • Editing for Publication (3706HUM)
    Convenor, In Person, Gold Coast Campus, Semester 2, 2016.
  • Editing for Publication (3706LHS)
    Convenor, In Person, Gold Coast Campus, Semester 2, 2016.
  • Editing for Publication (3706HUM)
    Convenor, In Person, Nathan Campus, Semester 2, 2016.
  • Editing for Publication (3706LHS)
    Convenor, In Person, Nathan Campus, Semester 2, 2016.
  • Popular Genres (3723HUM)
    Convenor, In Person, Gold Coast Campus, Semester 1, 2015.
  • Popular Genres (3723HUM)
    Teacher, In Person, Gold Coast Campus, Semester 1, 2015.
  • Popular Genres (3723LHS)
    Convenor, In Person, Gold Coast Campus, Semester 1, 2015.
  • Popular Genres (3723LHS)
    Teacher, In Person, Gold Coast Campus, Semester 1, 2015.
  • Editing for Publication (3706HUM)
    Convenor, In Person, Gold Coast Campus, Semester 2, 2015.
  • Editing for Publication (3706HUM)
    Teacher, In Person, Gold Coast Campus, Semester 2, 2015.
  • Editing for Publication (3706LHS)
    Convenor, In Person, Gold Coast Campus, Semester 2, 2015.
  • Editing for Publication (3706LHS)
    Teacher, In Person, Gold Coast Campus, Semester 2, 2015.
  • Writing Short Fiction (2036HUM)
    Supervisor, In Person, Gold Coast Campus, Semester 1, 2015.
  • Writing Short Fiction (2036LHS)
    Supervisor, In Person, Gold Coast Campus, Semester 1, 2015.
  • Popular Genres (3723HUM)
    Convenor, In Person, Nathan Campus, Semester 1, 2015.
  • Popular Genres (3723HUM)
    Teacher, In Person, Nathan Campus, Semester 1, 2015.
  • Popular Genres (3723LHS)
    Convenor, In Person, Nathan Campus, Semester 1, 2015.
  • Popular Genres (3723LHS)
    Teacher, In Person, Nathan Campus, Semester 1, 2015.
  • Editing for Publication (3706HUM)
    Convenor, In Person, Nathan Campus, Semester 2, 2015.
  • Editing for Publication (3706HUM)
    Teacher, In Person, Nathan Campus, Semester 2, 2015.
  • Editing for Publication (3706LHS)
    Convenor, In Person, Nathan Campus, Semester 2, 2015.
  • Editing for Publication (3706LHS)
    Teacher, In Person, Nathan Campus, Semester 2, 2015.
  • Writing Short Fiction (2036HUM)
    Supervisor, In Person, Nathan Campus, Semester 1, 2015.
  • Writing Short Fiction (2036LHS)
    Supervisor, In Person, Nathan Campus, Semester 1, 2015.
  • Creative Writing 1 (1104HUM)
    Teacher, In Person, Gold Coast Campus, Semester 2, 2014.
  • Intro to Creative Writing (1104LHS)
    Teacher, In Person, Gold Coast Campus, Semester 2, 2014.
  • Editing for Publication (3706HUM)
    Convenor, In Person, Gold Coast Campus, Semester 2, 2014.
  • Editing for Publication (3706HUM)
    Teacher, In Person, Gold Coast Campus, Semester 2, 2014.
  • Editing for Publication (3706LHS)
    Convenor, In Person, Gold Coast Campus, Semester 2, 2014.
  • Editing for Publication (3706LHS)
    Teacher, In Person, Gold Coast Campus, Semester 2, 2014.
  • Popular Fiction and Mass Cult (3109HUM)
    Convenor, In Person, Gold Coast Campus, Semester 1, 2014.
  • Popular Fiction and Mass Cult (3109HUM)
    Teacher, In Person, Gold Coast Campus, Semester 1, 2014.
  • Editing for Publication (7112HUM)
    Convenor, In Person, Gold Coast Campus, Semester 2, 2014.
  • Editing for Publication (7112HUM)
    Teacher, In Person, Gold Coast Campus, Semester 2, 2014.
  • Intro to Creative Writing (1104HUM)
    Teacher, In Person, Nathan Campus, Semester 2, 2014.
  • Intro to Creative Writing (1104LHS)
    Teacher, In Person, Nathan Campus, Semester 2, 2014.
  • Editing for Publication (3706HUM)
    Convenor, In Person, Nathan Campus, Semester 2, 2014.
  • Editing for Publication (3706HUM)
    Teacher, In Person, Nathan Campus, Semester 2, 2014.
  • Editing for Publication (3706LHS)
    Convenor, In Person, Nathan Campus, Semester 2, 2014.
  • Editing for Publication (3706LHS)
    Teacher, In Person, Nathan Campus, Semester 2, 2014.
  • Editing for Publication (3706HUM)
    Convenor, In Person, Gold Coast Campus, Semester 2, 2013.
  • Editing for Publication (3706LHS)
    Convenor, In Person, Gold Coast Campus, Semester 2, 2013.
  • Popular Fiction and Mass Cult (3109HUM)
    Convenor, In Person, Gold Coast Campus, Semester 1, 2013.
  • Editing for Publication (7112HUM)
    Convenor, In Person, Gold Coast Campus, Semester 2, 2013.
  • Editing for Publication (3706HUM)
    Convenor, In Person, Nathan Campus, Semester 2, 2013.
  • Editing for Publication (3706LHS)
    Convenor, In Person, Nathan Campus, Semester 2, 2013.
  • Writing Project (3030HUM)
    Convenor, In Person, Gold Coast Campus, Semester 2, 2012.
  • Editing for Publication (3706HUM)
    Convenor, In Person, Gold Coast Campus, Semester 2, 2012.
  • Editing for Publication (3706LHS)
    Convenor, In Person, Gold Coast Campus, Semester 2, 2012.
  • Popular Fiction and Mass Cult (3109HUM)
    Convenor, In Person, Gold Coast Campus, Semester 1, 2012.
  • Popular Fiction and Mass Cult (3109HUM)
    Teacher, In Person, Gold Coast Campus, Semester 1, 2012.
  • Editing for Publication (7112HUM)
    Convenor, In Person, Gold Coast Campus, Semester 2, 2012.
  • Editing for Publication (3706HUM)
    Convenor, In Person, Nathan Campus, Semester 2, 2012.
  • Editing for Publication (3706LHS)
    Convenor, In Person, Nathan Campus, Semester 2, 2012.
  • Discipline Workshop (6100HUM)
    Convenor, In Person, Gold Coast Campus, Semester 2, 2011.
  • Discipline Workshop (6100HUM)
    Teacher, In Person, Gold Coast Campus, Semester 2, 2011.
  • Discipline Workshop (6100HUM)
    Convenor, In Person, Intensive, Gold Coast Campus, Semester 2, 2011.
  • Discipline Workshop (6100HUM)
    Teacher, In Person, Intensive, Gold Coast Campus, Semester 2, 2011.
  • Writing Project (3030HUM)
    Convenor, In Person, Gold Coast Campus, Semester 2, 2011.
  • Writing Project (3030HUM)
    Teacher, In Person, Gold Coast Campus, Semester 2, 2011.
  • Editing for Publication (3706HUM)
    Convenor, In Person, Gold Coast Campus, Semester 2, 2011.
  • Editing for Publication (3706HUM)
    Teacher, In Person, Gold Coast Campus, Semester 2, 2011.
  • Editing for Publication (3706LHS)
    Convenor, In Person, Gold Coast Campus, Semester 2, 2011.
  • Editing for Publication (3706LHS)
    Teacher, In Person, Gold Coast Campus, Semester 2, 2011.
  • Popular Fiction and Mass Cult (3109HUM)
    Convenor, In Person, Gold Coast Campus, Semester 1, 2011.
  • Popular Fiction and Mass Cult (3109HUM)
    Teacher, In Person, Gold Coast Campus, Semester 1, 2011.
  • Editing for Publication (7112HUM)
    Convenor, In Person, Gold Coast Campus, Semester 2, 2011.
  • Editing for Publication (7112HUM)
    Teacher, In Person, Gold Coast Campus, Semester 2, 2011.
  • Discipline Workshop (6100HUM)
    Convenor, In Person, Nathan Campus, Semester 2, 2011.
  • Discipline Workshop (6100HUM)
    Teacher, In Person, Nathan Campus, Semester 2, 2011.
  • Editing for Publication (3706HUM)
    Convenor, In Person, Nathan Campus, Semester 2, 2011.
  • Editing for Publication (3706HUM)
    Teacher, In Person, Nathan Campus, Semester 2, 2011.
  • Editing for Publication (3706LHS)
    Convenor, In Person, Nathan Campus, Semester 2, 2011.
  • Editing for Publication (3706LHS)
    Teacher, In Person, Nathan Campus, Semester 2, 2011.
  • Advanced Project (3060HUM)
    Convenor, Supervised Research, Gold Coast Campus, Semester 2, 2010.
  • Advanced Project (3060HUM)
    Convenor, Mixed Model, Gold Coast Campus, Semester 2, 2010.
  • Advanced Project (3060HUM)
    Convenor, Mixed Mode, Supervised Research, Gold Coast Campus, Semester 2, 2010.
  • Advanced Project (3060LHS)
    Convenor, Supervised Research, Gold Coast Campus, Semester 2, 2010.
  • Advanced Project (3060LHS)
    Convenor, Mixed Model, Gold Coast Campus, Semester 2, 2010.
  • Advanced Project (3060LHS)
    Convenor, In Person, Intensive, Gold Coast Campus, Semester 2, 2010.
  • Editing for Publication (3706HUM)
    Convenor, In Person, Gold Coast Campus, Semester 2, 2010.
  • Editing for Publication (3706HUM)
    Teacher, In Person, Gold Coast Campus, Semester 2, 2010.
  • Editing for Publication (3706LHS)
    Convenor, In Person, Gold Coast Campus, Semester 2, 2010.
  • Editing for Publication (3706LHS)
    Teacher, In Person, Gold Coast Campus, Semester 2, 2010.
  • Popular Fiction and Mass Cult (3109HUM)
    Convenor, In Person, Gold Coast Campus, Semester 1, 2010.
  • Popular Fiction and Mass Cult (3109HUM)
    Teacher, In Person, Gold Coast Campus, Semester 1, 2010.
  • Editing for Publication (7112HUM)
    Convenor, In Person, Gold Coast Campus, Semester 2, 2010.
  • Editing for Publication (7112HUM)
    Teacher, In Person, Gold Coast Campus, Semester 2, 2010.
  • Effective Writing (1703HUM)
    Convenor, In Person, Gold Coast Campus, Semester 1, 2010.
  • Effective Writing (1703HUM)
    Teacher, In Person, Gold Coast Campus, Semester 1, 2010.
  • Effective Writing (1703HUM)
    Convenor, In Person, Logan Campus, Semester 1, 2010.
  • Effective Writing (1703HUM)
    Teacher, In Person, Logan Campus, Semester 1, 2010.
  • Advanced Project (3060HUM)
    Convenor, Supervised Research, Nathan Campus, Semester 2, 2010.
  • Advanced Project (3060HUM)
    Convenor, Mixed Model, Nathan Campus, Semester 2, 2010.
  • Advanced Studies (3060HUM)
    Convenor, In Person, Nathan Campus, Semester 2, 2010.
  • Advanced Project (3060LHS)
    Convenor, Supervised Research, Nathan Campus, Semester 2, 2010.
  • Advanced Project (3060LHS)
    Convenor, Mixed Model, Nathan Campus, Semester 2, 2010.
  • Editing for Publication (3706HUM)
    Convenor, In Person, Nathan Campus, Semester 2, 2010.
  • Editing for Publication (3706HUM)
    Teacher, In Person, Nathan Campus, Semester 2, 2010.
  • Editing for Publication (3706LHS)
    Convenor, In Person, Nathan Campus, Semester 2, 2010.
  • Editing for Publication (3706LHS)
    Teacher, In Person, Nathan Campus, Semester 2, 2010.
  • Effective Writing (1703HUM)
    Convenor, In Person, Nathan Campus, Semester 1, 2010.
  • Effective Writing (1703HUM)
    Teacher, In Person, Nathan Campus, Semester 1, 2010.

Research by Higher Degree Supervision or Scholarship

Supervision Overview

I am currently supervising a number of doctoral candidates and honours students specialising in creative writing

Theses Supervised at Griffith

Background

Bio

Dr Sally Breen is an Australian writer and senior lecturer in Writing and Publishing at Griffith University. She is the author of The Casuals (2011) winner of the Harper Collins Varuna Manuscript Award and Atomic City (2013) shortlisted for the QLD Literary Awards People's Choice Book of the Year 2014. Her short form creative and non-fiction work has been published widely including features in Overland, Griffith REVIEW, Best Australian Stories, Review of Australian Fiction and the Australian. Sally is a board member of Asia Pacific Writers and Translators and committee member of the Regional Arts Development Fund  

Education and Training

  • PhD Doctor Of Philosophy, Griffith University -
  • BA Bachelor Of Arts With Honours, Griffith University -

Academic experience

  • Lecturer in Creative Writing, Queensland University of Technology 2007 - 2009

Awards and Honours

  • Finalist, Hemingway Shorts - The Ernest Hemingway Foundation 2016 -
  • Runner Up, Overland Story Wine Prize 2014 -
  • Shortlisted, Queensland Literary Awards - People's Choice Book of the Year Atomic City 2014 -
  • Winner, Harper Collins Varuna Manuscript Prize 2009 -

Internal service roles

  • Academic Advisor, Small Room Writers Collective 2007 -

Editorial roles

  • Fiction Editor, Griffith REVIEW -

External advisory roles

  • Board Member, Asia Pacific Writers and Translators 2014 -
  • Committee Member, Regional Arts Development Fund - Gold Coast City Council 2016 -
  • Board Member, Asia Link 2013 - 2016