Creative Writing 1: An Introduction - 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: Sem1
  • Availability for 2018: Sem1
  • Assessment: Paper 1 - CreativeWriting & Reflection I (30%) , Paper 2 - CreativeWriting & Reflection 2 (40%) - Learn more

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2017 Fees
Domestic 793.00
HECS 793.00
International 1,043.00

This is a practical unit that introduces students to various approaches and ways of thinking about creative writing. The unit consists of a series of workshops and lectures covering a range of creative writing skills and topics. Students are encouraged to be experimental and adventurous in their writing. Each seminar addresses a different creative writing topic so that students can engage with different genres, methods and approaches. The workshops are interactive; they aim to increase understanding of the process of creative writing. Assessment of each student's creative work is based on development and realisation of a topic, language use and the writing skills, structure and overall presentation as well as demonstrated engagement with unit topics in all set assignments and on-course writing exercises.

Students are expected to:

  1. compose several pieces of conceptually developed creative writing and understand the value of drafting and revision
  2. reflect on student’s own creative writing processes
  3. identify, engage with and apply concepts of narrative form in creative writing
  4. employ written and language skills in different creative writing contexts
  5. participate in group-interaction and collaborative learning environments
  6. demonstrate professional skills appropriate to the unit
  7. practise academic honesty in scholarly and creative writing.
  • Paper 1 — CreativeWriting & Reflection I (30%)
  • Paper 2 — CreativeWriting & Reflection 2 (40%)
  • Participation — Online Forum & Online Workshop (20%)
  • Quizzes — Quizzes on Readings (10%)

Equivalent units

You cannot enrol in this unit if you have successfully completed any of the following unit(s) because they are considered academically equivalent:

  • ENGX201 — Creative Writing: A Practical Introduction

This unit addresses the following topics.

4Approaches to Writing
5Story in Narrative
6Time in Narrative
9Writing Place and Culture

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Required textbooks

  • The Writing Book: A Practical Guide for Fiction Writers

    By:Kate Grenville

    ISBN: 9781742373881


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