Simon Clews is the Director of Melbourne University’s Writing Centre for Scholars and Researchers. This unique centre assists academics to turn their research into creative non-fiction writing for a non-academic audience. Graduates of the Centre’s programs have published award-winning books, magazine articles, newspaper columns, opinion pieces, essays and even trend-setting blogs.
When not in Melbourne, Simon also offers non-fiction writing workshops around the world and has presented in Canada, the UK, Singapore and Hong Kong, as well as at most major Australian universities.
He is Creative Program Director for Melbourne's Reader’s Feast book store producing Writers on Collins, an annual program of literary events, and Crime & Justice, a celebration of crime writing and social justice that takes place in late November. Before becoming the Writing Centre’s inaugural Director, he ran Melbourne Writers' Festival for fourteen years. And prior to this, he was responsible for programming Stories Alive, a large-scale celebration of writing for children, and Writers at the Convent and Writers at Como.
Simon writes newspaper articles and columns, is a regular book reviewer and once even ventured into the world of guidebooks with Let's Go Shopping, a very tongue-in-cheek international mail order shopping directory. He is currently writing a guide to writing serious, but accessible non-fiction, and is a recent graduate of the City University of New York's inaugural Publishing Institute.