LismoreSession 1Session 1
OnlineSession 1,2Session 1,2

Unit description

Provides students with foundational knowledges in active reading and writing practices and prepares them for a writing life based on creativity, critical interpretation and writing skills. Students will begin a portfolio of creative work and engage in the giving and receiving of critical feedback integral to their writing practice.

Unit content

Topic 1: The art of creative-writing practice
Topic 2: Writers, readers, responding to texts
Topic 3: Narrative structure: voice and point of view
Topic 4: Narrative structure: plot and time, the short story
Topic 5: Building character
Topic 6: Place and setting: descriptive writing
Topic 7: Creative nonfiction
Topic 8: Dramatic writing and dialogue
Topic 9: Poetry
Topic 10: Writing and rewriting: Workshopping the final draft
Topic 11: Writing in the public world: Publishing

Learning outcomes

Unit Learning Outcomes express learning achievement in terms of what a student should know, understand and be able to do on completion of a unit. These outcomes are aligned with the graduate attributes. The unit learning outcomes and graduate attributes are also the basis of evaluating prior learning.

Learning outcomes and graduate attributes

Prescribed texts

Session 1

  • Cowan, A, 2011, The Art of Writing Fiction, Pearson, Great Britain. ISBN: 978-1408248348.

Session 2

  • Prescribed text information is not currently available.
Prescribed texts may change in future study periods.

Teaching and assessment


Teaching method
Lecture online 1 hour (12 weeks)
Tutorial on-site 2 hours (12 weeks)
Discussion board10%
Draft Creative Work 35%
Final Creative Work 45%


Teaching method
Lecture online 1 hour (12 weeks)
Structured online learning 2 hours (12 weeks)
Discussion board10%
Draft Creative Work 35%
Final Creative Work 45%

Intensive offerings may or may not be scheduled in every session. Please refer to the timetable for further details.

Southern Cross University employs different teaching methods within units to provide students with the flexibility to choose the mode of learning that best suits them. SCU academics strive to use the latest approaches and, as a result, the learning modes and materials may change. The most current information regarding a unit will be provided to enrolled students at the beginning of the study session.

Fee information


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Commencing 2020 Commonwealth Supported only. Student contribution band: 1

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