Subject CWRI30001 (2011)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2011.

Credit Points: 12.50
Level: 3 (Undergraduate)
Dates & Locations:

This subject has the following teaching availabilities in 2011:

Semester 1, Parkville - 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

On Campus

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Time Commitment: Contact Hours: 2.5
Total Time Commitment: 102


Corequisites: None
Recommended Background Knowledge: None
Non Allowed Subjects: 106-310 Novels
Core Participation Requirements: For the purposes of considering request for Reasonable Adjustments under the disability Standards for Education (Cwth 2005), and Students Experiencing Academic Disadvantage Policy, academic requirements for this subject are articulated in the Subject Description, Subject Objectives, Generic Skills and Assessment Requirements of this entry. The University is dedicated to provide support to those with special requirements. Further details on the disability support scheme can be found at the Disability Liaison Unit website:


Mr Grant Caldwell


Grant Caldwell
Subject Overview:

This subject is designed to help students conceive, research and begin the writing of a novel, and to articulate an understanding of contemporary novels. It will introduce students to theoretical and historical approaches to the understanding and practice of extended narrative or novel writing. Students will read a variety of narrative-based and theoretical texts with emphasis on contemporary works. The focus of this subject is on the production of the student's own extended work of fiction, the major assessment being on an extract, preferably the opening part of that work.


Students who complete this subject will:

  • have conceived, researched, and designed a novel;
  • have demonstrated an appreciation of a work of extended fiction as a contemporary cultural intervention which is enriched by conceptual and thematic as well as literary research;
  • have developed a heightened awareness of macrostructural narrative design and a range of fictional and stylistic modes through subject readings, workshop discusssions and exercises as well as through feedback on their own writing practice;
  • have produced for assessment: an essay of 15000 words, demonstrating an awareness of understanding contemporary works and a polished draft of one 2500 word extract of extended fiction.
Assessment: 2500 words of narrative fiction as part of a longer work (plus a 500 word introduction discussing the conception and development of the work. this will be mandatory but not marked as part of the assessment) 65% (workshopped in class and due at end of semester). An essay of 1500 words discussing the complete reading of at least one of the novels from the Reader and at least one text in the Reader 25% (due at end of semester). Participation (including leading a weekly discussion) 10%. This subject has a minimum hurdle requirement of 75% attendance, regular participation in tutorials are required. Assessment submitted late without an approved extension will be penalised at 10% per day. In-class tasks missed without approval will not be marked. All pieces of written work must be submitted to pass this subject.
Prescribed Texts:

A subject reader will be available

Breadth Options:

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

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Generic Skills:

Students who successfully complete this subject will be able to:

  • apply highly developed analytic, independent, and critical skills to written texts;
  • apply highly developed problem-solving skills to creative and analytic tasks;
  • complete written tasks to a high level of literacy and communication;
  • tackle unfamiliar problems develop cognitive skills and openess to new ideas;
  • plan and develop their own work;
  • participate effectively in collaborative learning;
  • engage in constructive public discourse while respecting differences.
Notes: Students who have completed 106-026 Writing Extended Fiction or 760-253 Theory and Practice of Fiction are not eligible to enrol in this subject. This subject is available to Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Creative Arts and may be credited towards a major in Creative Writing in either course.
Related Course(s): Bachelor of Arts(Media and Communications)
Bachelor of Creative Arts
Bachelor of Creative Arts and Bachelor of Music
Diploma in Creative Arts
Related Majors/Minors/Specialisations: Creative Writing
Creative Writing
Creative Writing
Creative Writing Major

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