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Subject details

  • Topics
    • What is creative non-fiction?
    • Storytelling elements in creative non-fiction
    • Scene and summary at work
    • Develop the personal essay
    • Using research in creative non-fiction
    • Writing memoir and the personal voice
    • Writing about place and bringing settings to life
    • Exploring our everyday surroundings
    • Character and dialogue in creative non-fiction
    • Why you write - stage development and growth consciousness
    • Truth, ethics and privacy
  • Study resources
    • Instructional Methods
      • Audio/Video conferencing
      • Blog
      • Chat Rooms
      • Disscusion forum/Discussion Board
      • Online assignment submission
      • Podcasting/Leacture capture
      • Standard Media
      • Web links
      • Wikis

At the completion of this subject 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%)

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

Entry Requirements

You must have successfully completed the following subject(s) before starting this subject:

Special requirements

No special requirements

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 subject, you will read and analyse works of creative non-fiction and write an original work of your own.

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