Dr Sean Williams

Lecturer in Creative Writing

College of Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences

Research expertise

Sean's primary field is speculative fiction in short and long forms. He is also a published poet and occasional screenwriter. His latest release Impossible Music is a realist novel concerning music and hearing loss.

Research expertise

Sean's primary field is speculative fiction in short and long forms. He is also a published poet and occasional screenwriter. His latest release Impossible Music is a realist novel concerning music and hearing loss.

place Social Sciences South (227)
GPO Box 2100, Adelaide 5001, South Australia

Sean Williams is an award-winning, #1 New York Times-bestselling author of over forty novels and one hundred and twenty short stories for adults, young adults and children. As well as his genre-confounding original fiction, he has contributed to shared universes such as Star Wars and Doctor Who, and collaborated with other authors such as Garth Nix. He is an affiliate of the J. M. Coetzee Centre for Creative Practice and has taught for Clarion South and other institutions.

Qualifications

MA (Creative Writing)

PhD (Creative Writing)

Honours, awards and grants

Sean is one of Australia’s most-awarded speculative fiction writers. His work has been nominated for the Aurealis Award thirty times in the categories of Science Fiction Novel and Short Story, YA Novel, Children’s Novel, Fantasy Novel, Horror Short Story, and Collection, and seventeen times for the Ditmar in the categories of Best Novel, Best Novella, Best Collection, and Professional Achievement. He has also been nominated for the Philip K Dick Award and long-listed for the 2016 Australian Writers’ Guild Prime Time award.

He has received the Peter McNamara Award for services to Australian speculative fiction and the "SA Great" Award for Literature.

Recent nominations:

2016  Winner, Aurealis Award, Best Science Fiction Short Story for “All the Wrong Places”

2016  Nominated, Aurealis Award, Best Science Fiction Novel for Twinmaker: Fall

2015  Winner, Ditmar Award, Best Novella for “The Legend Trap”

2015  Nominated, Scribe Award (US), Young Adult Novel for Blood Ties

2011  Nominated, Scribe Award (US), Best Speculative Original Novel for The Force Unleashed II

2009  Nominated, Aurealis Award, Best Science Fiction Novel for The Grand Conjunction

2009  Nominated, Aurealis Award, Best YA Novel for The Scarecrow

2008  Nominated, Ditmar Award, Best Novel for Earth Ascendant

2008  Winner, Aurealis Award, Best Collection for Magic Dirt: The Best of Sean Williams    

2008  Nominated, Aurealis Award, Best Science Fiction Novel for Earth Ascendant

2008  Nominated, Aurealis Award, Best YA Novel for The Changeling

2008  Nominated, Aurealis Award, Best Children’s Novel for The Changeling

2008  Nominated, Aurealis Award, Best Children’s Novel for The Dust Devils

2007  Winner, Ditmar Award, Best Fiction Novel for Saturn Returns

2007  Nominated, Philip K Dick Award (US) for Saturn Returns

2007  Nominated, Ditmar Award, Best Novella/Novelette for Cenotaxis

2007  Nominated, Aurealis Award, Best Science Fiction Novel for Saturn Returns

Key responsibilities

He teaches Creative Writing

Research expertise
Creative Writing
Research interests

Sean's fiction explores diverse areas including music and hearing loss, futurology, and extreme landscapes. His PhD thesis (on the use of the matter transmitter in literature) received a Dean’s Commendation for Thesis Excellence from the University of Adelaide. In 2017, he was the Australian Antarctica Arts Fellow and travelled to Casey research station in order to experience life in "the freezer" first-hand.

Teaching interests

In recognition of his teaching and mentorship of new writers, Sean has been nominated for the Ditmar Award in the category of Professional Achievement.

Topic coordinator
CREA7718 Theorising Creative Writing
CREA3100 Advanced Creative Writing
CREA1022 Creative Writing Workshop
CREA2134 Publishing & Editing
Publications
Further information

For more information about Sean's work, please see his website:

seanwilliams.com

Or, for information about his latest novel, impossiblemusic.info.

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