Elizabeth MacFarlane

Dr Elizabeth MacFarlane is a writer and lecturer in the Creative Writing department at the University of Melbourne, where she teaches Theory for Writing, Graphic Narratives and Short Fiction. Her first book Reading Coetzee was published in 2013. Elizabeth is co-director of the artists’ residency the Comic Art Workshop, and co-director of publishing company Twelve Panels Press. She lives in Melbourne with her partner Daniel and son Henry.

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