In this unit students engage with creative and theoretical ideas about non-fiction, reading short form writing with a focus on developing their own voice. Students will read, critique and write non-fiction, and consider the similarities between non-fiction, memoir and the personal essay. They will be introduced to the use of research in creative work. Students are encouraged to think about how non-fiction writing can be used to address contemporary issues in a highly creative form. Examples of writing to be discussed in this block include those which are situated in the West of Melbourne; migrant, indigenous, working-class, queer and feminist perspectives.

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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 creative 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 type Description Grade
Creative Works Plan for non-fiction piece. 20%
Creative Works Non-fiction piece. 50%
Presentation Reflective commentary. 30%

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