Story: Transforming the Blank Page

Unit code: ACP1055 | Study level: Undergraduate
(One credit point is usually equivalent to one hour of study per week)
Footscray Park


This unit 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 emerging writers and are encouraged to contribute to student literary magazines. Class activities focus on historical and contemporary aspects of narrative and narrative structure, and on the contexts in which writers work. The unit may feature short film screenings and guest lectures by creative writers.

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.

Study as a single unit

This unit can be studied on its own, without enrolling in a full degree.

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For Melbourne campuses

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

Required reading

Weekly readings and learning resources available via VU Collaborate.

As part of a course

This unit is not a compulsorily taken as part of any specific course. Depending on the course you study, this unit may be taken as an elective.

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