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

Module 1 Reading, writing and responding to texts

Topic 1 The art of creative practice
Topic 2 Writers' readers responding to texts

Module 2 Ingredients of story

Topic 1 Voice and point of view
Topic 2 Plot and time
Topic 3 Building character
Topic 4 Place, setting, descriptive writing

Module 3 Writing frameworks and recognising genres

Topic 1 Dramatic writing and dialogue
Topic 2 Poetry
Topic 3 Creative nonfiction

Module 4 Critical reading and workshopping practices

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

Teaching and assessment


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


Commonwealth Supported courses
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Commencing 2017 Commonwealth Supported only. Student contribution band: 1

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