This is a first year unit which engages with the writing process - it looks at how to turn ideas and inspiration into coherent narrative structures.  Students will be introduced to the essential of storytelling through a focus on three writing areas fiction, nonfiction and script writing. This unit gives students the opportunity to experiment and practice with different forms of writing, develop their skills as critical readers as well as writers and build their knowledge of contemporary literature and film. Students also read the published fiction of Professional Writing students in the literary magazine Offset, and are encouraged to contribute to the magazine. Lectures focus on historical and contemporary aspects of narrative and narrative structure, and on the contexts in which writers work. The unit also features short film screenings and guest lectures by creative writers.

Unit details

Location:
Study level:
Undergraduate
Credit points:
12
Unit code:
ACP1055

Prerequisites

Nil.

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:
  1. Analyse and discuss diverse types of creative writing;  
  2. Develop the techniques of using the imagination, innovation, composition and revision in fiction and nonfiction writing, and in short film scriptwriting;  
  3. Discuss and evaluate their own and peers' creative writing in relation to creative writing conventions and the work of published creative writers; and  
  4. Develop a short film script or a short prose work of fiction or nonfiction and critique that exemplifies key techniques and principles of professional and creative writing.  

Assessment

Assessment type Description Grade
Assignment Assignment 1 - Short reflective piece (500-600words) 10%
Assignment Assignment 2 - Short creative piece and responses to series of short answer questions (1200 words) 45%
Assignment Assignment 3 - Short creative piece and responses to series of short answer questions (1200 words) 45%

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