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Discover Writing

Jenny Lee, Senior Lecturer, Writing Major and Minor

Jenny Lee

My name's Jenny Lee and I'm a creative writing lecturer here at VU. I teach some literature as well, and I tend to write about the body. For my PhD, I wrote about variant gender and intersex, and now I tend to write about body positivity and larger bodies in our culture.

At VU in the Writing minor and major, we don't consider just the canon and some stodgy old writers. We've got a whole variety of more traditional and experimental writing, as well as diverse — whether that's indigenous, queer, or writing from a whole range of cultures and classes.

If you decide to do the minor in Writing, you'll be doing the units of Story: Transforming the Blank Page, which is the fiction writing subject, and then Impossible Worlds, which is about creating fiction in genre, like horror, science fiction and dystopia, and you'll also do Script and Screen, which is more focused on film and television, and you'll be writing scripts in that unit. The fourth unit is Writing from the Edge: Narrative Non-Fiction and so that takes students through different genres of non-fiction like memoir, more journalistic pieces of non-fiction.

If you do the major in Writing you'll add to those four units and also do Crossing Borders: Between Fact and Fiction which really looks at all those crossovers between more factual and non-fiction writing, and fiction; and also news and social media which will take students through the relationship between audiences and writers, and all of the social media platforms we use currently.

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Jenny Lee, Senior Lecturer, Writing Major and Minor

Jenny Lee

VU is situated in the west, so it's a really great opportunity for students to engage with different points of view and different cultures, and I feel that our subject matter does encourage students to do that — perhaps a bit more than other places would.

When students take the major or minor in Writing, they'll get not only skills in creative writing but also professional writing media and social media, and they'll have a whole heap of skills at their fingertips that they can go on and use in the future, as well as interaction with their peers, and ability to edit, and attention to detail as well.

This is not the kind of writing that some people might be afraid of at first — like, hard to understand and difficult to engage with. We’ve really made an effort here to make sure that it's writing that is enjoyable and engaging.

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