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Subject details

At the completion of this subject 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 subject 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.
  • Topics

    • Introduction to forms and structures
    • The academic essay
    • The personal essay
    • The short story
    • The poem
    • The critical review
    • Writing for new technologies
    • Scriptwriting
    • The exegesis
    • Writing for alternative performance
    • The feature article
    • Workshopping and writing collaborations
  • Study resources

    • Instructional Methods

      • Disscusion forum/Discussion Board
      • Online assignment submission
      • Standard Media
    • Online Materials

      • Resources and Links
      • Online Assessment
      • Printable format materials

No eligibility requirements

Special requirements

No special requirements

This subject 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. 

You 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 your development.

  • Essay (30%)
  • Creative Assignment (30%)
  • Online Discussion (20%)
  • Review — Book (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.

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