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.

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
1understand the connections between reading and writingKnowledge of a discipline
2demonstrate knowledge of foundational creative writing skillsCreativity
3demonstrate active reading capabilitiesKnowledge of a discipline
4participate actively in discussions about writing and readingCommunication and social skills
5reflect critically on their own and others' writing.CreativityKnowledge of a discipline

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

  1. understand the connections between reading and writing
    • GA4: Knowledge of a discipline
  2. demonstrate knowledge of foundational creative writing skills
    • GA2: Creativity
  3. demonstrate active reading capabilities
    • GA4: Knowledge of a discipline
  4. participate actively in discussions about writing and reading
    • GA6: Communication and social skills
  5. reflect critically on their own and others' writing.
    • GA2: Creativity
    • GA4: Knowledge of a discipline

Prescribed texts

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

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

Teaching and assessment


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

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