Writing Creative Non-Fiction - 2017

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Unit summary


  • Level of Study: Undergraduate Level 3
  • Study load: 0.125 EFTSL
  • Delivery method: Fully Online
  • Prerequisites: No
  • Duration: 13 weeks
  • Government loans available: FEE-HELP, HECS-HELP
  • Availability for 2016: SP1
  • Availability for 2017: SP1
  • Assessment: Assignment 1 - Creative non-fiction proposal (15%) , Assignment 2 - Major creative non-fiction (40%) - Learn more

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2017 Fees
Domestic 793.00
HECS 793.00
International 1,043.00

Creative non-fiction is a hybrid of literature and non-fiction. It includes narrative non-fiction, memoir, personal essay and literary journalism, and combines the diligence of the journalist, the analysis of the essayist and the story telling techniques of the novelist. The genre encompasses a broad range of topics in which the narrative events and experiences are used to explore more complex themes and issues, and in which ethical and cross-cultural issues are addressed. In this unit, you will read and analyse works of creative non-fiction and write an original work of your own.

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At the completion of this unit students will be able to:

  1. identify and describe the generic characteristics and conventions of creative non-fiction
  2. apply the generic characteristics and conventions of creative non-fiction to the design and creation of a new work of creative non-fiction
  3. critique and evaluate creative non-fiction texts, peer creative production and personal creative practice
  4. analyse the range of ethical and cross-cultural issues involved in writing creatively about real people.
  • Assignment 1 — Creative non-fiction proposal (15%)
  • Assignment 2 — Major creative non-fiction (40%)
  • Assignment 3 — Workshop and presentation (15%)
  • Assignment 4 — Creative non-fiction (30%)

There are no prerequisites for this unit.

Note: Level 3 units normally assume a moderate level of prior knowledge in this area, eg from studying related Level 1 and 2 units or other relevant experience.

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This unit addresses the following topics.

1What is creative non-fiction?
2Storytelling elements in creative non-fiction
3Scene and summary at work
4Develop the personal essay
5Using research in creative non-fiction
6Writing memoir and the personal voice
7Writing about place and bringing settings to life
8Exploring our everyday surroundings
9Character and dialogue in creative non-fiction
10Why you write - stage development and growth consciousness
11Truth, ethics and privacy

This unit is delivered using the following methods and materials:

Instructional Methods

  • Audio/Video conferencing
  • Blogs
  • Chat rooms
  • Discussion Forum/Discussion Board
  • Online assignment submission
  • Podcasting/Lecture capture
  • Standard Media
  • Web links
  • Wikis

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This unit may be eligible for credit towards other courses:

  1. Many undergraduate courses on offer through OUA include 'open elective' where any OUA unit can be credited to the course. You need to check the Award Requirements on the course page for the number of allowed open electives and any level limitations.
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