Dr Michael Sala

Dr Michael Sala

Lecturer

School of Humanities and Social Science

Career Summary

Biography

During a childhood spent moving between Europe and Australia, Michael Sala developed a passion for writing. In 2007, he dropped out of medicine to focus on writing his first memoir manuscript, Memory Vertigo, which was short-listed for the Vogel/Australian Literary Award that year.

He began his PhD in Creative Writing at the University of Newcastle in 2008. His short fiction and personal essays have since been published in a range of Australian anthologies and literary journals including HEAT, Kill Your Darlings, and Best Australian Stories in 2009, 2010, and 2011.  

He received his PhD in Creative Writing in 2012, and the creative component of his work was published in that same year as the autobiographical novel The Last Thread, by Affirm Press. The Last Thread went on to win the 2013 Glenda Adams/UTS Award for New Writing and The Commonwealth Book Prize (Pacific Region.) 

He is currently working on a novel, which will be published by TEXT Publishing in early 2017. His research and supervision interests include the short story, memoir, science fiction and fantasy, and the contemporary novel.


Qualifications

  • Doctor of Philosophy, University of Newcastle
  • Diploma in Education, University of Newcastle
  • Bachelor of Arts, University of Newcastle
  • Bachelor of Arts (Honours), University of Newcastle
  • Master of Creative Arts, University of Newcastle

Keywords

  • Autobiography
  • Creative Nonfiction
  • Creative Writing
  • Editing
  • Fiction
  • Literary research
  • Memoir
  • Short Fiction

Fields of Research

Code Description Percentage
190402 Creative Writing (incl. Playwriting) 80
200525 Literary Theory 20

Professional Experience

UON Appointment

Title Organisation / Department
Lecturer University of Newcastle
School of Humanities and Social Science
Australia

Awards

Award

Year Award
2013 Winner UTS/Glenda Adams Award for New Writing NSW Premier's Literary Awards.
Arts NSW Premier Literary Awards 2009
2012 Vice-Chancellor’s Award for Teaching Excellence for Sessional Staff
Centre for Teaching and Learning, The University of Newcastle

Prize

Year Award
2013 Commonwealth Book Prize (Pacific Region Winner)
Commonwealth Writers' Prize 2009

Teaching

Code Course Role Duration
ENGL1201 Creative Reading and Writing
Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, University of Newcastle
Course Coordinator 29/07/2016 - 29/11/2016
ENGL2102 CREATIVE NONFICTION
Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, University of Newcastle
Course Coordinator and lecturer 29/07/2016 - 29/11/2016
ENGL6004 Creative Nonfiction Online
Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, University of Newcastle
ENGL6004 is a course offering in the Master of Creative Industries (MCI). It is currently being offered as an online course. 
Course Co-ordinator and Lecturer 29/07/2016 - 29/11/2016
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Publications

For publications that are currently unpublished or in-press, details are shown in italics.


Journal article (2 outputs)

Year Citation Altmetrics Link
2016 Sala M, 'Knausgaard¿s My Struggle: The Interplay of Authority, Structure, and Style in Autobiographical Writing', Life Writing, 1-14 (2016)

© 2016 Informa UK Limited, trading as Taylor & Francis Group This article explores the relationship between style and structure in the first book of Karl Ove Knausgaard¿s ... [more]

© 2016 Informa UK Limited, trading as Taylor & Francis Group This article explores the relationship between style and structure in the first book of Karl Ove Knausgaard¿s My Struggle series. A comparison of the stylistic features of Jean-Jacques Rousseau¿s The Confessions, Blake Morrison¿s And When Did You Last See Your Father?, and Knausgaard¿s My Struggle: Book One, illuminates the contradictory way in which key fictionalising aspects of style in autobiographical writing¿the sense of immediacy, and the intertwining of honesty and spontaneity¿can appear to bolster Philippe Lejeune¿s autobiographical pact in such a way as to potentially distort or overplay the writer¿s authority. The critical reception of My Struggle: Book One shows how reviewers are often complicit in reinforcing this distortion. This paper argues that Knausgaard deploys a neatly meshed range of strategies to counterbalance this potential effect of autobiographical writing, both through his modulating of style against the structural design of his book, and through the stance he adopts outside the work. The latter includes his deliberately ambiguous positioning of the book in terms of genre, and his deployment of a controversial title that both inflects the reading of the work and continues to generate considerable resonance in the discourse that surrounds it.

DOI 10.1080/14484528.2016.1187989
2013 Sala M, 'Confession and third party revelation in memoir: The narrator, the confessant, and textual strategies for decentring the memoirist's authority', TEXT: Journal of Writing and Writing Programs, 17 (2013) [C1]

Creative Work (5 outputs)

Year Citation Altmetrics Link
2013 Sala M, Swarte Piet, South Melbourne, VIC (2013) [J2]
2012 Sala M, The Last Thread, Melbourne, Australia (2012) [J1]
Supanova
2011 Sala M, The Catacombs, Woollahra, N.S.W (2011) [J2]
2011 Sala M, The Men Outside My Room, Collingwood, Vic. (2011)
2011 Sala M, The Hind, Yarraville, Vic. (2011) [J2]
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Grants and Funding

Summary

Number of grants 2
Total funding $65,000

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20161 grants / $40,000

Arts Projects For Individuals and Groups$40,000

Dr Michael Sala has received funding to begin his third book, 'The City on the Edge of Everything,' linked short story collection set in Newcastle.

Funding body: Australia Council for the Arts

Funding body Australia Council for the Arts
Project Team

Dr Michael Sala

Scheme Project Grant
Role Lead
Funding Start 2016
Funding Finish 2017
GNo
Type Of Funding Aust Competitive - Commonwealth
Category 1CS
UON N

20111 grants / $25,000

Australia Council Grant: New Work$25,000

Funding body: Australia Council for the Arts

Funding body Australia Council for the Arts
Project Team

Michael Sala

Scheme Project Grant
Role Lead
Funding Start 2011
Funding Finish 2012
GNo
Type Of Funding Aust Competitive - Commonwealth
Category 1CS
UON N
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Research Supervision

Number of supervisions

Completed0
Current6

Total current UON EFTSL

Masters0.4
PhD1.8

Current Supervision

Commenced Level of Study Research Title Program Supervisor Type
2017 PhD "Writing for Children is Usually Purposeful, its Intention Being to Foster in the Child Reader a Positive Apperception of Some Socio-Cultural Values Which, it is Assumed, are Shared by Author and Audience" (Stephens, 3) PhD (English), Faculty of Education and Arts, The University of Newcastle Co-Supervisor
2016 PhD Exploring Perceptions of the Self and Other in Speculative Fiction through the Concept of Centre and Periphery. PhD (English), Faculty of Education and Arts, The University of Newcastle Co-Supervisor
2016 PhD Writing Newcastle: finding a regional voice through a survey of literature, and the production of a work of contemporary fiction PhD (English), Faculty of Education and Arts, The University of Newcastle Principal Supervisor
2016 PhD From A Distance PhD (English), Faculty of Education and Arts, The University of Newcastle Co-Supervisor
2016 Masters Brushed M Philosophy (English), Faculty of Education and Arts, The University of Newcastle Co-Supervisor
2015 PhD Babushka: Her Memories, My Words PhD (English), Faculty of Education and Arts, The University of Newcastle Co-Supervisor
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News

Alison Kelly, winner of the 2017 Newcastle Short Story Prize

UON creative writing student wins prestigious prize

April 10, 2017

University of Newcastle undergraduate student Alison Kelly competed in a field of over 700 national entries to take out the Hunter Writers Centre 2017 Newcastle Short Story Prize.

The Restorer: a novel by Michael Sala

UON author set to publish second novel

February 14, 2017

Dr Michael Sala, Scholarly Teaching Fellow in the School of Humanities and Social Sciences, has had the publication of his eagerly anticipated second novel, The Restorer, announced by Text Publishing.

Michael Sala The Last Thread

Graduate's debut novel wins two awards

February 1, 2014

University of Newcastle creative writing PhD graduate Michael Sala Regional Winner of the Commonwealth Book Prize and the New South Wales Premier's Award for New Writing.

Dr Michael Sala

Positions

Lecturer
School of Humanities and Social Science
Faculty of Education and Arts

Lecturer
School of Humanities and Social Science
Faculty of Education and Arts

Contact Details

Email michael.sala@newcastle.edu.au
Phone (02) 4921 8811

Office

Room MC133
Building McMullin
Location Callaghan
University Drive
Callaghan, NSW 2308
Australia
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