Creative Writing: Ideas and Practice

Subject 106-105 (2008)

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Credit Points: 12.500
Level: Undergraduate
Dates & Locations:

This subject has the following teaching availabilities in 2008:

Semester 1, - Taught on campus.
Pre-teaching Period Start not applicable
Teaching Period not applicable
Assessment Period End not applicable
Last date to Self-Enrol not applicable
Census Date not applicable
Last date to Withdraw without fail not applicable

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Time Commitment: Contact Hours: A 1-hour lecture and a 2-hour workshop per week.
Total Time Commitment: Not available
Prerequisites: None
Corequisites: None
Recommended Background Knowledge: None
Non Allowed Subjects: None
Core Participation Requirements:

For the purposes of considering request for Reasonable Adjustments under the Disability Standards for Education (Cwth 2005), and Student Support and Engagement Policy, academic requirements for this subject are articulated in the Subject Overview, Learning Outcomes, Assessment and Generic Skills sections of this entry.

It is University policy to take all reasonable steps to minimise the impact of disability upon academic study, and reasonable adjustments will be made to enhance a student's participation in the University's programs. Students who feel their disability may impact on meeting the requirements of this subject are encouraged to discuss this matter with a Faculty Student Adviser and Student Equity and Disability Support:


Brophy, Caldwell, Ferrell & Smith
Subject Overview:

This subject focuses on the creative process from the first idea to the identification of sources, choice of appropriate style and form, revisions, editing and the presentation of short works. Students will be encouraged to attempt a variety of forms including poetry, prose and ficto-critical works, to examine their own writing processes, to trial methods used by professional writers (such as journal writing) and to read widely during the semester.

Assessment: Written work totalling 4000 words including three major assignments (due in weeks 4, 8 and at the end of semester) and allocated respectively 30%, 35% and 35%. Regular attendance and participation in tutorials and workshops is required. A hurdle requirement of a minimum 80% attendance required in order to submit assessment and pass this subject.Note: Assessment submitted late without an approved formal extension will be penalised at 2% per day. Students who fail to submit up to 2-weeks after the final due date without a formal extension and/or special consideration will receive a fail grade for the piece of assessment.
Prescribed Texts: Prescribed Texts:A subject reader will be available for purchase.The Writer's Reader: A Guide to Writing Fiction and Poetry (B Walker (ed)), Halstead Press Sydney 2002
Breadth Options:

This subject potentially can be taken as a breadth subject component for the following courses:

  • Bachelor of Biomedicine
  • Bachelor of Commerce
  • Bachelor of Environments
  • Bachelor of Music
  • Bachelor of Science
  • Bachelor of Engineering

You should visit learn more about breadth subjects and read the breadth requirements for your degree, and should discuss your choice with your student adviser, before deciding on your subjects.

Fees Information: Subject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date
Generic Skills:
  • apply analytic, independent, and critical skills to written texts

  • apply problem-solving skills to creative tasks

  • complete written tasks to a high level of literacy

  • tackle unfamiliar problems with confidence

  • plan and develop their own work


Formerly available as 760-101 Creative Writing 1A. Students who have completed Creative Writing 1A are not eligible to enrol in this subject. This subject is available to Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Creative Arts students and may be credited towards a major in Creative Writing in either course.

Related Course(s): Bachelor of Arts
Bachelor of Arts(Media and Communications)
Bachelor of Creative Arts
Bachelor of Creative Arts and Bachelor of Music
Bachelor of Creative Arts and Bachelor of Teaching
Diploma in Arts (Creative Writing)
Diploma in Creative Arts
Graduate Certificate in Arts (Creative Writing)
Graduate Diploma in Arts (Creative Writing)

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