Research for the Creative Writer

Subject 760-512 (2008)

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Credit Points: 12.500
Level: Graduate/Postgraduate
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: REQUIRED INFO
Total Time Commitment: Not available
Prerequisites: Successful completion of an undergraduate degree in a relevant discipline with an average of at least 70% (H2B).
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:


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Subject Overview:

This seminar subject is designed to enrich writers' understanding of what research involves for extended writing projects, in terms of the thematic material explored, the cultural and socio-political context, and in terms of the conceptual enrichment of the work. The methodologies of research (oral testimony/archival/library/world wide WEB etc) and the ethical questions accompanying these will be addressed in early seminars. The value of strategic READING with a view to structural and formal innovation will be promoted throughout, as will be the invaluable role of a writer's notebook. Highly regarded writers of fiction, of poetry, and performance will conduct seminars focussing on the way they have gone about research for projects and both these guest lecturers and Creative writing staff of the School of Creative Arts and the Department of English will help students conduct research and formulate advanced project proposals, including an annotated bibliography for their minor thesis.

Assessment: Students doing creative writing only: A researched Creative Writing assignment of 2500 words 50% (due end of semester), a critical essay of 2000 words 30% (due end of semester) and written and oral tutorial presentation of 500 words 20% (due in assigned week). Students doing creative writing/exegesis: An exegesis proposal of 2000 words 30% (due end of semester), a researched creative piece of 1500 words 30% (due end of semester), a critical discussion of research undertaken of 750 words 20% (due end of semester) and a written and oral tutorial presentation of 750 words 20% (due end of semester).
Prescribed Texts: None
Breadth Options:

This subject is not available as a breadth subject.

Fees Information: Subject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date
Generic Skills:
  • acquire written communication skills through essay writing and seminar discussion
Related Course(s): Master of Creative Writing (Coursework and Minor Thesis)
Master of Creative Writing, Publishing and Editing
Master of Publishing and Communications

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