Writing the Past
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This research-intensive university in north-western Sydney offers a range of undergraduate and postgraduate degrees. With over 30,000 current students, Macquarie has a strong reputation for welcoming international students and embracing flexible and convenient study options, including its partnership with Open Universities Australia.
On successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:
Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of how different types of creative writers incorporate historical research into different forms and genres of writing.
Create a researched creative writing project that incorporates specialised knowledge and understanding of a specific period of history.
Apply specialised historical research skills and creative language skills to produce a narrative or other textual forms of creative writing.
Demonstrate the capacity to think creatively, critically, and imaginatively to research, evaluate and present complex ideas, concepts, problems and processes.
admission to Master of Creative Writing.
No special requirements
How does history ignite the writer's imagination? How do writers conduct historical research? In this unit, students explore different facets of representing the past in creative writing. Students learn how to conduct and incorporate historical research and argument into their creative writing, whether literary fiction; mass-market genres such as YA, fantasy, crime/thriller, or romance fiction; biography or family history; and other forms of creative non-fiction. Topics covered include historical world-building, creating believable characters that are appropriate for different kinds of genres, and learning to recognise and resolve problems of anachronism. Students also learn about the conceptual relationship between historical and fictional writing, and the boundaries between these.