Unit description

Introduces students to a range of popular and literary genres including memoir, the fantastic, YA fiction and crime fiction. Students will explore these genres in both practical and critical ways, developing writing skills through engaging with close study of aesthetic conventions, textual strategies and critical analysis. 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. Introduction to writing genres and exegesis information

2. Memoir

3. The Fantastic: Sci-fi, fantasy, gothic, horror

4. YA fiction

5. Crime fiction

6. Writing within and across genre boundaries

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.

GA1: Intellectual rigour, GA2: Creativity, GA3: Ethical practice, GA4: Knowledge of a discipline, GA5: Lifelong learning, GA6: Communication and social skills, GA7: Cultural competence
On completion of this unit, students should be able to:GA1GA2GA3GA4GA5GA6GA7
1apply theoretical ideas to understand genre conventionsIntellectual rigourKnowledge of a discipline
2develop proficiency in at least one discipline within the range of writing genresKnowledge of a disciplineLifelong learning
3demonstrate an understanding of the nature of genres in the creative writing discipline.Intellectual rigourLifelong learning

On completion of this unit, students should be able to:

  1. apply theoretical ideas to understand genre conventions
    • GA1: Intellectual rigour
    • GA4: Knowledge of a discipline
  2. develop proficiency in at least one discipline within the range of writing genres
    • GA4: Knowledge of a discipline
    • GA5: Lifelong learning
  3. demonstrate an understanding of the nature of genres in the creative writing discipline.
    • GA1: Intellectual rigour
    • GA5: Lifelong learning

Prescribed texts

  • Gaiman, N, 2002, American Gods, HarperCollins, New York. ISBN: 9780380789030.
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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