Not expected or likely to happen. (Oxford English Dictionary, 2018)

When student Liza Moss suggested the title UNExpected for this collection of edited works, it felt like an apt description.

This anthology of short stories, essays and pieces of creative nonfiction, written and edited by students in the University of New England’s (UNE) Editing Skills and Standards unit, is richly diverse. As readers browse these genres, listed in the menu bar above, they are bound to encounter unexpected treasures. The collection spans everything from memoir, biography and travel writing; essays in culture, criticism, and society; as well as thrillers, and speculative, children’s and young adult, and literary fiction.

Unexpected too were the learning outcomes in the unit. In the act of editing works for this collection, we explored everything from the structural elements of genre, the art of giving feedback, using track changes and comments in Word documents, the nature of online publication, copyright, and project management. In doing so, we came to understand the ways that editing is far more than attention to grammar and punctuation. Rather, editing is a process that occurs in relationships between editors and authors, working in a partnership to achieve a shared vision for the work.

As in all endeavours worth doing, one time or another I think we also all wondered quietly if the collection was likely to happen. Editing is said to be ‘the art of invisible mending’ (Tuffield, 2015), and, indeed, the hard work and resilience of student editors in the face of obstacles is largely hidden in this collection as it stands. Yet, the student editor’s presence is felt in the way each text welcomes a reader to engage with it, and in their generosity in sharing their time and works with each other, so they could learn via authentic experimentation.

This collection would not be possible without the dedicated time and invaluable help of Dr Beck Wise, Dr Kate Cantrell, Dr Simone Simpson, and copyright librarian, Berenice Scott. I deeply acknowledge their contribution to this collection.

I encourage you to wander in and explore the twists and turns of this anthology. If you are looking for something in particular, the search bar at the bottom of this page acts as a compass to help you navigate the works.


Dr Ariella Van Luyn

Unit coordinator


Tuffield, A. (2015). Close to the edit: The art of invisible mending. Griffith Review, 50, 10-12.  Retrieved from https://search.informit.com.au/documentSummary;dn=585917911629830;res=IELAPA