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Dr James Cooper

Program Coordinator, Creative Writing and Communication

About James

James Cooper is a published poet, novelist, academic and writing professional who excels at sharing the joy of language and literature with young and old alike. He brings to his role as Program Coordinator over fifteen years’ experience in tertiary education, following an early-career in English literacy education and research. James is a founding member of the Stories of Life initiative, founder and Senior Editor of inScribe journal, and is well-known and respected among Australia’s growing network of Christian creative writers. His approach to teaching incorporates creative wordplay, close reading and collaborative workshop techniques, motivated by a strong desire to equip and inspire the storytellers of tomorrow.

“I see creative writing as a powerful means of deepening our connection to God and neighbour and the world we share. Throughout my life, the world of words – discovered in stories and poems and other writing – has enlarged my sense of self and the life I’m called to live. My passion is for writing that reveals the extraordinary in the ordinary, and for bringing the world of words to life for others.”

Recent Publications


  • ‘The Dog Who Doesn’t Question’, Quadrant, forthcoming
  • ‘Courting a Squid’, Quadrant, forthcoming
  • ‘Rinosseros’, Quadrant, Sept. 2022
  • ‘Kenosis’, inScribe Journal, Issue 01, Feb. 2021
  • ‘Mopoke Missive’, Tales from the Upper Room, 2017
  • ‘Supplication before a pumpkin’, Tales from the Upper Room, 2015
  • ‘How goes a soul?’, Tales from the Upper Room, 2014
  • ‘Angler’s Ballad’, published in Light: A Quarterly of Light Verse, Spring, 2010
  • ‘Into a Pied Night Sky’, published in Dappled Things: A Quarterly of Ideas, Art and Faith, SS Peter & Paul, 2010
  • ‘Carnival [Farewell to Flesh]’, published in Tales from the Upper Room, 2009 


  • Something About Alaska (YA novel, MidnightSun Publishing, 2022)
  • ‘A Worm for Jonah’, in Susan J Bruce (Ed.). If They Could Talk: Bible Stories told by the Animals. Morning Star Publishing, 2018.
  • ‘The Blood of the Lamb’, Something in the Blood: Vampire Tales with a Christian Bite. Morning Star Publishing, 2015
  • ‘Writing Life’, Tales from the Upper Room, 2015.
  • ‘Eleventh Hour Surrender’, published in Tales from the Upper Room, 2009 




Subjects Taught

  • Introduction to Creative Writing
  • Storytelling and Communication Foundations
  • Writing Poetry
  • Writing Prose Fiction
  • Literature and Christian Faith

Research Interests

  • Theology of the imagination
  • Virtue ethics (including literature and character formation)
  • History of Literature and Christian faith
  • Life and work of J.R.R Tolkien, C.S. Lewis and Flannery O’Connor


  • Program Coordinator, Creative Writing and Communication
  • Senior Lecturer

Professional Roles & Memberships

  • Senior Editor, inScribe Journal of Creative Writing (inscribejournal.com)
  • Founding and current steering committee member of Stories of Life writing competition and anthology (www.storiesoflife.net)
  • Member of Omega Writers Australia (omegawriters.com.au)
  • Member of South Australian Christian Writers Fellowship
  • Member of Literati (Adelaide-based writing group)
  • Member, Childrens Book Council of South Australia


  • As a younger man James travelled the world over and once spent three months tending sled dogs in Alaska. He completed most of PhD while living in a tin shed on 40 acres and once appeared in a police line-up in Northern England. Nowadays, his adventures mostly take place on the page.
  • Apart from writing, he enjoys baking bread, chopping wood, pretending he can ski and playing guitar to his cat.
  • James counts himself blessed to live in the Adelaide Hills with his loving wife and two sons.


  • PhD in Education – Australian Catholic University
  • Graduate Certificate in Creative Writing – Tabor Adelaide
  • BEd JP/P (Hons) – Flinders University

You can contact James on 

1300 482 267

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