In this unit students engage with creative and theoretical ideas about narrative non-fiction, reading both short (essay) and long-form narrative (non-fiction books) with a focus on developing their own voice. Students will read, critique and write non-fiction, and consider the similarities between narrative non-fiction and both fiction writing and journalistic writing. They will be introduced to the use of research in creative work as well as an introduction to interviewing techniques. Students are encouraged to think about how non-fiction writing can be used to address contemporary issues in a highly creative form. This unit has a socio-political focus on marginal identities and questioning power structure through narrative. Examples include those which are situated in the West of Melbourne; migrant, indigenous, working-class, queer and feminist perspectives. This unit includes narrative non-fiction theory, immersion theory and notions of subjectivity, and appropriate cultural studies theory about power structures and 'the other' in our culture. In this unit students will build upon the work they have undertaken in Memoir, Copy and Story and will be prepared for Industry Placement and the capstones projects.

Unit details

Location:
Study level:
Undergraduate
Credit points:
12
Unit code:
ACP2081

Prerequisites

Students enrolled in course code ABAB and LBLA must complete at least 72 credit points (equivalent to 6 units) in Year 1 before undertaking any Level 2 units.

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:
  1. Compose narrative non-fiction texts in a number of forms;  
  2. Exhibit their understanding of non-fiction through both creative and critical writing;  
  3. Discuss, analyse and critique issues related to narrative non-fiction; and  
  4. Reflect on, evaluate and modify their own creative works in response to peer and tutor feedback and ideas presented in the unit.  

Assessment

Assessment type Description Grade
Literature Review A plan for a piece of nonfiction writing about a social/cultural or political issue, to include research texts. 500 words 20%
Essay A personal essay with iterative drafts included to show development.1200 words 35%
Creative Works An edited nonfiction essay or op-ed about a social/cultural/political issue, written in the third person. 2000 words 45%

Required reading

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ACP2080
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