Subject details

At the completion of this subjects, students will be able to:

  1. Adopt appropriate critical strategies for the analysis of craft, technique and effect in nonfiction;
  2. Identify and productively integrate key ecological and social concepts into written and oral work;
  3. Enhance reading, writing, research and oral presentation skills;
  4. Compose several pieces of conceptually developed writing; and
  5. Reflecting on process, provide constructive feedback on students’ writing in a workshop context.
    • A week-by-week guide to the topics you will explore in this subject will be provided in your study materials.
  • Study resources

    • Instructional methods

      • Online assignment submission
      • Discussion forum/Discussion Board
      • Podcasting/Lecture capture
    • Online materials

      • Quizzes

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

MAQ-ENGX231-Writing: From Manuscript to the Digital Age
MAQ-ENGX233-Creative Writing 2: Concept and Practice

Special requirements

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    Prerequisites: Two units from ENGX231 or ENGX233 or ENGX236

    Students who have an Academic Standing of Suspension or Exclusion under Macquarie University's Academic Progression Policy are not permitted to enrol in OUA units offered by Macquarie University. Students with an Academic Standing of Suspension or Exclusion who have enrolled in units through OUA will be withdrawn.

What literary techniques, genres and styles are called forth by the environmental challenges of our times? This applied writing unit looks at how nonfiction, as a human art-form, accesses the non-human world. In addressing contemporary ecological themes, students will have the opportunity to explore traditions in creative nonfiction, nonfiction poetry, lyricism, natural history, science, and public advocacy writing. Skills developed include place-based observation, writing about embodiment and landscape, writing about animals, scientific storytelling and the use of primary resources. At the conclusion of the unit students will submit a writing folio developed throughout the workshop series.

  • weekly online forum participation (10%)
  • online quiz (5%)
  • Creative work, 1000 words (20%)
  • Plan for creative work, up to 500 words (5%)
  • writing assessment (2500 words) (60%)