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Nike Bourke

Freelance Writer & Editor

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Nike Angelique Bourke. BACA, BA(hons), PhD


name Dr Nike Bourke

address PO Box 252
Palmwoods QLD 4555


phone 07 5445 9222

0457 784 317


In 2010 I undertook some sessional teaching work at USC, in the creative writing area. Teaching included lectures and tutorials in CMN116: Introduction to Creative Writing, CMN246 Writing for Children and Adolescents, and CMN267: Creativity and Literature: Victorians to the Moderns.

Since 2008 I have (concurrent with other positions) been the co-director of Olvar Wood Writers Retreat. Olvar Wood provides support and mentorship services for writers. In my role as co-director I design and deliver online courses, provide one-on-one and group-based mentorship for writers, assess manuscripts, maintain two websites, design advertising and other materials for print and online publications and teach workshops, masterclasses and group-based intensive retreats. Olvar Wood includes an online learning facility (OWL) for creative writers, which operates on the Moodle platform. I installed and operate this system, provide technical support and interactive teaching in a range of flexible and creative modules.

I also act as co-editor of Perilous Adventures, an online magazine for writers. In my role as editor of Perilous Adventures I maintain the website, coordinate submissions, edit articles and stories for publication, and write content.

Between 2000 and 2009 I worked as a lecturer in Creative Writing and Literary Studies at Queensland University of Technology (QUT). My role within the university was spread across the three areas of teaching, service and research. In my capacity as a lecturer within the discipline I designed, taught and coordinated a range of undergraduate and postgraduate courses; supervised a team of staff; participated in staff selection procedures; supervised postgraduate students; conducted research in a range of areas; played an active role in a range of committees.

I coordinated two conferences during my tenure with QUT: the annual conference for the Australian Association of Writing Programs (AAWP) and the Speculation and Innovation Conference (SPIN).

During my tenure with QUT I taught and conducted research across a range of areas, including literary studies, cultural studied, digital media, journalism and professional writing, creative writing, research practice and philosophy.

Between 1997 and 2003, during my years as an Honours and PhD candidate, I was regularly employed as a Research Assistant. In this capacity I performed a variety of duties, including research and academic editing in the areas of Creative Writing, Visual Arts, Cultural Studies, Philosophy and Cyberstudies.

From 1995 until 1998 I was employed as a tutor by the Gumurri Centre at Griffith University, Gold Coast University College through the ATAS (Aboriginal Tutorial Assistance Scheme). My duties included providing one-on-one academic support to university students as well as assistance with various non-academic issues, such as correct enrolment procedures, use of and access to facilities, study management, etc.

Between 1995 and 1998 I was employed, under the auspices of ATAS (Aboriginal Tutorial Assistance Scheme) to tutor high school and primary school indigenous students in a range of areas, including English, Physics, Biology, Chemistry, History and Geography, as well as core skills (literacy, numeracy, study skills, etc).
I was employed as a Course Convenor, Sessional Tutor and Lecturer by the School of Arts at Griffith University, Gold Coast University College for various subjects between 1997 and 2002.


• Microsoft Office 2007 (Word, Excel, Powerpoint, Outlook, Publisher, etc)
• Adobe Dreamweaver
• Adobe Photoshop
• Adobe InDesign
• Adobe LifeCycle (PDF Form Management Software)
• Ebulletin software (PHP List)
• Blackboard Learn 9.1 (BB)
• Moodle
• Various eLearning Tools used in conjunction with both Moodle and BB, including Safe Assign, Skype, Chat and Video/Web Conferencing tools
• CPanel/Webhosting & Site Management
• Internet Explorer & Firefox
• Safe Assign (Plagiarism checking software: used in conjunction with online assignment submission software, including BB)
• Online submission tools for journals and magazines (eg:SubMishMash)
• I am proficient in using a variety of marks entry and information management systems, including student assessment and profile management systems, such as Curwen.

I am a proficient user of various computer software packages as well as the core programs listed above. I am quick to learn new computer skills. For example, I learned how to use PHP List in one day, after deciding that Olvar Wood would benefit from distributing an ebulletin to clients. In the space of that day I researched available software, downloaded and installed the software on our computer system and website, and designed and distributed our first ebulletin.
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