Writing Projects


My manuscript, Meltdown, was one of ten shortlisted for the final round of the ACT Writers Centre HARDCOPY2014 Professional Development Program for emerging fiction writers.


Softcopy is an online opportunity for emerging writers to showcase their work. I founded it in May 2015 along with two of my fellow HARDCOPIERS Lesley Boland (Blemish Publishing) and George Dunford (Canberra-based writer/editor). Keep an eye out for the next call for submissions when emerging writers will be invited to submit a previously unpublished 500-1000 piece.


We live in a world of soundbites, yet we want connection. 500WordFiction uses photographs as inspiration for short fiction that can be read in five minutes. Read more 500WordFiction.

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Academic Publications

  • McPaul, Christine, “Winnie Quagliotti”, Australian Dictionary of Biography, Volume 18, 2012.
  • McPaul, Christine, “Reading between the (colonial) lines” Rev. of Reading Robinson and Friendly Mission, AHRi> 48 (May 2010)
  • McPaul, Christine, “The Work of Memory and Forgetting” Rev. of Forgetting Aborigines, by Chris Healy. AHRi> 47 (Nov. 2009)
  • McPaul Christine, “Curtain Up: The Demidenko/Darville Performance”, Southerlyi>, 59.2 (Winter 1999): 156-64.
  • McPaul, Christine, “Creative Acts: Archives, Artefacts and Australian Women’s Autobiographies”, Australian Literary Studies, 17.3 (May 1996): 304-09.

Other Publications


Researcher, writer and editor.

My PhD from the Literature and Theatre Studies Department of the Australian National University was awarded in 2009. I have experience as a sessional lecturer and tutor at the Australian National University and have published academic articles about literature and women’s writing, book reviews and a biographical piece for the Australian Dictionary of Biography. My crime fiction manuscript was shortlisted for the ACT Writers Centre HARDCOPY2014 professional development program. In May 2015 I founded Softcopy, an online e-journal for emerging writers, which I edit. I was granted a writing residency at the ACT Writers Centre in July 2015. As a volunteer for The Smith Family’s S2S reading program, I support children to improve their reading skills. I am also an award winning senior executive with over 25 years’ experience achieving results in international, Commonwealth and state settings.


I feel like I’ve been studying all my life. I have completed a Certificate of Creative Writing from the CIT, a Bachelor of Arts Degree from Melbourne University, a Bachelor of Letters (Honours) Degree from Deakin University, a Master of Arts Degree and a PhD from the Australian National University. Here I am graduating with my PhD from ANU.