Creative and Professional Writing - 2017

Unit summary


  • Level of Study: Undergraduate Level 1
  • Study load: 0.125 EFTSL
  • Delivery method: Fully Online
  • Prerequisites: Yes
  • Duration: 13 weeks
  • Government loans available: FEE-HELP, HECS-HELP
  • Availability for 2017: SP1 , SP2 , SP4
  • Availability for 2018: SP1 , SP2 , SP4
  • Assessment: Assignment 1 - Creative Writing Assignment (40%) , Assignment 2 - Learning Tasks and Reflection (20%) - Learn more

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2017 Fees
Domestic 793.00
HECS 793.00
International 1,043.00

Creative and Professional Writing is a foundation unit that enables beginner and more experienced writers to develop their creative and professional writing skills across a range of genres. Throughout the Study Period, students will examine the role of structure, plot, opening lines, character development, dialogue and settings in the production of exciting and effective writing.

Through a series of voluntary writing and learning tasks and formal assessment pieces students analyse and critique the following writing styles: Short story writing, dialogue and promotional writing, critical reviews. During the Study Period, students are encouraged to become part of an online writing group and to share their work with each other in response to set writing tasks.

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

  1. recognise different types of creative and professional writing
  2. understand how these different types of writing are produced
  3. be able to develop and use a set of writing tools that can be applied to writing in any situation
  4. appreciate the complexities of writing creatively and professionally
  5. see an improvement in their generic writing skills and have developed an understanding of how to apply ideas in a creative and professional context
  6. see an improvement in their written communication skills, have a greater informed independence of thought and have developed their ability to conduct research.
  • Assignment 1 — Creative Writing Assignment (40%)
  • Assignment 2 — Learning Tasks and Reflection (20%)
  • Assignment 3 — Professional Writing (40%)

Proficiency with reading and writing English.

This unit addresses the following topics.

1Writing as communication
2Ethics and issues within the public arena
3Different types of writers
4Writing paths and genres
5Getting started
6Creating your own writing space and time
7Handling feedback
8The importance of reading and research
9Creative writing: Genres and practice
10Short fiction
11Developing a short prequel/sequel narrative for a fictional character
12Scripting dialogue
13Professional writing
16Blurbs, flyers and adverts
17Writing reviews
18Where to from here?

This unit is delivered using the following methods and materials:

Instructional Methods

  • Discussion Forum/Discussion Board
  • Online assignment submission
  • Standard Media

Online materials

  • FAQs
  • Printable format materials
  • Resources and Links

This unit is an approved elective in the following courses:

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.
  2. In other cases, the content of this unit might be relevant to a course on offer through OUA or elsewhere. In order to receive credit for this unit in the course you will need to supply the provider institution with a copy of the Unit Profile in the approved format, which you can download here. Note that the Unit Profile is set at the start of the year, and if textbooks change this may not match the Co-Op textbook list.
This unit does not have a prescribed textbook(s).

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