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Subject details

  • Topics
    • The role of the writer
    • Self and other
    • The ethics of representation
    • Research methods 1 - the interview
    • Research methods 2 - observation
    • Research methods 3 - library and internet research
    • Genre 1 - the personal essay
    • Genre 2 - the short story
    • Genre 3 - the feature article
    • Bringing it all together to create your own work
  • Study resources
    • Instructional Methods
      • Audio/Video conferencing
      • Blog
      • Chat Rooms
      • Disscusion forum/Discussion Board
      • Online assignment submission
      • Podcasting/Leacture capture
      • Standard Media
      • Streaming Multimedia
      • Web links

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

  1. identify and discuss the various roles and expectations of the writer in creative and professional writing contexts, with a particular focus on the ethics of representation
  2. analyse and discuss selected short written works in terms of audience, genre and language
  3. identify and employ a range of research sources used in creative and professional writing
  4. use clear and correct grammar, punctuation and sentence structure in producing new writing
  5. apply creative, critical and reflective thinking skills to the development of new written work and to the discussion of work-in-progress by peers.
  • Assignment 1 - Project (40%)
  • Assignment 2 - Essay (20%)
  • Assignment 3 - Three different portraits (20%)
  • Assignment 4 - Peer engagement task (20%)

Textbooks are subject to change within the academic year. Students are advised to purchase their books no earlier than one to two months before the start of a subject

No eligibility requirements

Special requirements

No special requirements

This subject explores representation in writing and how the dynamic relationship between Self and Other plays a central role in the writing process. The representation of the self and of others is central to a broad range of written genres and forms. Students of professional writing will find that the subject introduces them to a variety of genres and forms essential to the portfolio of a professional writer, and will discover how creative writing techniques can enrich their professional work.

This subject is NOT an introduction to the mechanics of writing (grammar, punctuation, expression, etc.), but an introduction to the writing profession, publishing and the genres and forms of creative and professional writing.

Please Note:  If it’s your first time studying a Curtin University subject you’ll need to complete their compulsory ‘Academic Integrity Program’. It only takes two hours to complete online, and provides you with vital information about studying with Curtin University. The Academic Integrity Program is compulsory, so if it’s not completed your subject grades will be withheld.

Find out more about the Academic Integrity module.

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