Creative Writing, Forms and Structures - 2017

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Unit summary


  • Level of Study: Undergraduate Level 1
  • Study load: 0.125 EFTSL
  • Delivery method: Fully Online
  • Prerequisites: No
  • Duration: 13 weeks
  • Government loans available: FEE-HELP, HECS-HELP
  • Availability for 2017: SP1 , SP2 , SP3
  • Availability for 2018: SP1 , SP2 , SP3
  • Assessment: Assignment - Creative Assignment (30%) , Essay (30%) - Learn more

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2017 Fees
Domestic 793.00
HECS 793.00
International 1,043.00

This unit provides an introduction to the fundamentals of contemporary practice in a range of forms pertinent to creative writing industries and the student’s progress through a creative writing major in a bachelor’s degree. The forms focussed on are: the poem, the performance script and film script, electronic literature forms, the critical review, the essay and the exegesis. 

The student will have opportunity to develop basic skills and understandings of the structures in each of these forms, and will be provided with a supportive environment for producing a folio of original pieces reflecting their development during the Study Period. This unit is a prerequisite for the rest of the course.

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

  1. recognise fundamental issues in creative writing - its practices, forms and industries
  2. discuss ideas relevant to creative writing craft and professional skills with reference to form and structure in a range of genres
  3. engage with the content of the unit through written skills, eg. in the production of an original creative folio (accompanied by exegetical writing) developed during the Study Period
  4. understand basic requirements for progress in a university creative writing major including, eg. writing creative products, essays, exegeses, referencing, bibliographies, etc.
  • Assignment — Creative Assignment (30%)
  • Essay (30%)
  • Online Discussion (20%)
  • Review — Book (20%)

There are no prerequisites for this unit.

This unit addresses the following topics.

1Introduction to forms and structures
2The academic essay
3The personal essay
4The short story
5The poem
6The critical review
7Writing for new technologies
9The exegesis
10Writing for alternative performance
11The feature article
12Workshopping and writing collaborations

This unit is delivered using the following methods and materials:

Instructional Methods

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

Online materials

  • Online Assessment
  • Printable format materials
  • Resources and Links

This unit is part of a major, minor, stream or specialisation in the following courses:

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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