OnlineSession 1Session 1

Unit description

Provides students with knowledge in active reading and writing practices and prepares them for a writing life. Develops practical skills for students without writing experience, and a solid grounding in fundamentals for writers with publications. Students will receive critical feedback integral to their writing practice and engage in reflection on their own work using analytical and interpretation skills.

Unit content

  1. What does it mean to call oneself a writer
  2. Fundamentals of writing (summary)
  3. Characterisation (character intentions, historical context, writing authentic characters)
  4. Affect theory in creative writing
  5. The editorial process
  6. Placing the work in a broader context and critical review information

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

  • Graham, R, Newell, H & Leach, H (eds), 2014, The Road to Somewhere, 2nd edn, Palgrave, Basingstoke, United Kingdom. ISBN: 9781137263568.
Prescribed texts may change in future study periods.

Teaching and assessment


Teaching method
Lecture online 1 hour  (12 weeks )
Structured online learning 2 hours  (12 weeks )
First draft creative writing40%
Final draft creative writing40%
Critical review20%

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

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Fee information


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Commencing 2020 Commonwealth Supported only. Student contribution band: 1

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