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James Cooper

Head of Creative Writing

About James

James started teaching at Tabor in 2008 and has served as Senior Lecturer since 2011 and Creative Writing Coordinator since 2015. He is drawn to his role by a love of the written word and a sense of calling to contribute to a much needed quality Christian tertiary education in Australia.

Central to James’ philosophy of education is his own love of learning and the way study continually affords new opportunities to enlarge his vision of my work and self-understanding. Helping students gain a similar appreciation for the world-changing potential of the writing arts is an exciting challenge.

James has been married since the turn of the century and is blessed with a wife of uncommon understanding, plus two deep-thinking, playful and energetic sons. He has published numerous poems and short stories locally and overseas and is working on a number of novels for children and young adults.

Subjects Taught

Intro to Creative Writing
Creative Writing: Non fiction
Creative Writing: Prose Fiction
Logic and Reasoning
Philosophical Ethics: Theory and Practice of Virtue
Editing and Publishing for Writers
Research Methods in the Humanities

Recent Publications

Cooper, J. (2017). ‘Finding Food for Body and Soul in The Hunger Games’. Manna (October, 2017), p5.

Cooper, J. (2016). ‘A Visitation’. In A Chicken Can Make a Difference and Other Stories of Life. Melbourne, Vic: Morningstar Publications.

Cooper, J. (2015). ‘The Blood of the Lamb’. In Something in the Blood: Vampire Tales with a Christian Bite. Melbourne, Vic: Morningstar Publications.

Cooper, J. (2015). ‘Imagination, Myth and Meaning’. Blog post at Author.docx blog

Cooper, J. (2013). ‘Creativity as a Call to Virtue’. Blog post at Transpositions: the official blog of the Institute for Theology, Imagination and the Arts, University of St Andrews

Cooper, J. (2013). ‘Profoundly Profane: Tracing the Sacred in the Writing of Flannery O’Connor’. Conference paper presented at: Addressing the Sacred in Literature and the Arts, Australian Catholic University, Strathfield NSW, August 2-3 2013

You can contact James on (08) 8373 8777


  • Head of Creative Writing
  • Senior Lecturer


  • Once appeared in a police line-up - he was not the guilty culprit!
  • Interested in gardening, hiking, playing and listening to blues guitar



  • Doctor of Philosophy (Education)
  • Graduate Certificate in Creative Writing
  • Bachelor of Education (Honours)