School of Arts

Kirstyn McDermott

Position: Sessional Lecturer/Tutor
Study area: Humanities and Social Sciences
Location: Mt Helen Campus
Phone: (03) 5327 9809


Doctor of Philosophy candidate – Federation University – current

Bachelor of Arts - University of Newcastle - 1995



  • Bachelor of Arts


  • Introduction to Creative Writing (LITCR1001)


Kirstyn is currently undertaking a PhD in creative writing at Federation University with a research focus on contemporary fairy tales and female collaboration. She has been publishing short fiction regularly since 1993 and has around 40 publication credits both in Australia and overseas, many of which have been nominated for and/or won awards. From 2010-17, Kirstyn produced and co-hosted a literary discussion podcast, The Writer and the Critic. She has been teaching at Federation University since 2018.

Areas of expertise

Kirstyn has been professionally writing and publishing fiction, both in short form and up to novel length, since the 1990s. She has a particular interest in the genres collectively known as speculative fiction (science fiction, fantasy and horror) and her creative work has been the recipient of multiple awards. Over the past two decades, she has also provided numerous story critiques and manuscript appraisals, as well as informal mentoring and workshopping, for both peers and emerging writers.

Kirstyn is currently a PhD candidate at Federation University in the following research areas:

Creative writing practice and processes

As part of her practice-led thesis, Kirstyn is producing a collection of thematically linked novelettes. She is also researching the cognitive processes involved in creative writing and examining the implications for her own practice.

Fairy tales and female collaboration

Kirstyn is researching both classic and contemporary fairy tales with a particular focus on female collaboration and friendship.

Research interests

  • Creative writing
  • Fairy tales
  • Feminism



McDermott, K (2013), Caution: Contains Small Parts, Perth: Twelfth Planet Press

McDermott, K (2012), Perfections, Sydney: Xoum

McDermott, K (2010), Madigan Mine, Sydney: Picador

Referred journal articles

McDermott, K (2017), 'There is always a next witch: Creative intuition and collaborative female relationships in fairy tales', TEXT Special Issue 43, Into the bush: Australasian fairy tales.


  • Australasian Association of Writing Programs
  • Australian Society of Authors