Subject details

 At the completion of this subject you 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 your generic writing skills and have developed an understanding of how to apply ideas in a creative and professional context
  6. see an improvement in your written communication skills, have a greater informed independence of thought and have developed your ability to conduct research.
    • Writing as communication
    • Ethics and issues within the public arena
    • Different types of writers
    • Writing paths and genres
    • Getting started
    • Creating your own writing space and time
    • Handling feedback
    • The importance of reading and research
    • Creative writing: Genres and practice
    • Short fiction
    • Developing a short prequel/sequel narrative for a fictional character
    • Scripting dialogue
    • Professional writing
    • Editing
    • Blogging
    • Blurbs, flyers and adverts
    • Writing reviews
    • Where to from here?
  • Study resources

    • Instructional methods

      • Discussion forum/Discussion Board
      • Online assignment submission
      • Standard Media
    • Online materials

      • Printable format materials
      • Resources and Links
      • FAQs


Proficiency with reading and writing English.

Special requirements

No special requirements

Creative and Professional Writing is a foundation subject that enables beginner and more experienced writers to develop their creative and professional writing skills across a range of genres. Throughout the Study Period, you 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 you analyse and critique the following writing styles: Short story writing, dialogue and promotional writing, critical reviews. You are encouraged to become part of an online writing group and to share your work with each other in response to set writing tasks.

  • Learning Tasks and Reflection (20%)
  • Professional Writing (40%)
  • Creative Writing Assignment (40%)

Textbooks are not required.

Textbook information is pending.

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