Angelina Mirabito 1My name is Angelina Mirabito and I was recently awarded a PhD in Creative Writing on trauma fiction. Alongside this I have written a novel, ‘Warrior’ and a short story collection, ‘Without Wonderland.’ Several of these short stories have been published as has some of my non-fiction and poetry. I have received an Eleanor Dark Varuna Writing Fellowship and Rosebank Writing Residency and have had work shortlisted for the Lord Mayor’s Award and other prizes. Over the years I have been mentored by Marion May Campbell, Tony Birch, Christos Tsiolkas and Sophie Cunningham. Currently I’m working on ‘Warrior’ with Nadine Davidoff, former senior editor at Random House Australia, commissioning editor at Black Inc and fiction editor for The Monthly magazine.

My PhD research question was: What do reading and writing a coming-of-age, childhood trauma survivor’s story illuminate about post-traumatic growth? From this investigation I found that fiction writing offers a powerfully transformative experience and that under adequate guidance it can provide a safe way to process and overcome traumatic childhood events and to learn how to effectively engage in adult life. Ideally it would take place with a specialised writing mentor or fiction writing group facilitator and in conjunction with therapy. I am in the process of collaborating with mental health professionals to design therapeutic fiction writing courses to run alongside therapy but for now offer working one on one with survivor’s already seeing a mental health professional.

I have a background in visual art; lifelong fascination with psychology and psychoanalysis; passion for health, fitness, well being, holistic healing; love of film, theater and classical music. I am currently writing my second novel ‘Hope‘.

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9 Comments Add yours

  1. Thank you for an interesting blog. I’m sure I can learn a lot from this 🙂

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    1. You’re welcome Siv! Thanks for taking the time to comment. I certainly hope you do learn a lot!

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  2. How interesting…I look forward to reading more of your blog.

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  3. Tora OBrien says:

    Angeline, I love what your doing! This is so great! I am a counselor working in addictions in Hawaii. I am soon to get my license and specialize in developmental trauma. I am always looking for new ways to help the people heal. Thank you for the work you are doing! Perhaps we will work together one day.

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    1. Hello Tora, thanks for making contact. It would be great to have the opportunity to work together. It seems we’d make a great fit for collaboration on a project, retreat or workshop.


  4. Sharon says:

    Congratulations on receiving your doctorate degree! I envy your passion and work toward writing. Therapeutic writing courses are a great idea. I never knew how powerful writing could be for someone until I began my Master’s program. I plan on taking some workshops and/or future courses to help me improve my writing skills. I look forward to reading more of your work and your future novels.

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    1. Thank you Sharon! I’m about to post the first chapter of the novel Warrior if you’re interested. Do let me know how you progress in your writing journey and if there’s anything I can do to help.

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  5. wordwool says:

    Thank you for taking an interest in my blog. It’s interesting how we’re both thinking about story telling from different angles. Maybe the two angles belong together! I’m exploring the idea, not so much that the process of transforming experience into ‘fiction ‘ is therapeutic ( though you may find in my earlier stuff some exploration of this when I worked wth Alida Gersie – you might find some of her books interesting if you’ve not come across her. If you put her name in Amazon, her books should come up.) My thought is that the framework of ‘story’ is essential to our learning and how we grasp the complexity of real life; my whole blog arose from believing that the technical evidence based components of expertise as a helper had to be integrated with each helper’s personal story for that expertise to become useful; that learning to help was not just an intellectual process but a story of our human development. Hope that comes through- though I’m not sure I’m a great storyteller!

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    1. Thanks for this, I’m not familiar with Alida Gersie’s work and will chase it up. I’ve no doubt I’ll find it very interesting. I 100% agree with you that through ‘story’ we’re able to engage with and process the ambiguity and complexity of life. I certainly do think that it comes through and it’s an important awareness to be spreading. Both angles compliment each other and are in dialogue with each other so I do hope it’s possible for us to collaborate in some way in the future.


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