Freelance Writing

Subject CWRI50001 (2012)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2012.

Credit Points: 12.50
Level: 5 (Graduate/Postgraduate)
Dates & Locations:

This subject has the following teaching availabilities in 2012:

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

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Time Commitment: Contact Hours: 2
Total Time Commitment: Not available
Prerequisites: Admission to the Masters of Creative Writing, Publishing and Editing or an undergraduate degree (Honours) with some demonstrated experience in creative writing with permission from the coordinator.
Corequisites: None
Recommended Background Knowledge: CWRI10001 (106-105) Creative Writing Ideas and Practice, CWRI20005 (106-235) Creative Nonfiction
Non Allowed Subjects: None
Core Participation Requirements:

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Dr Amanda Johnson


Amanda Johnson

Subject Overview: In this subject, students will explore aspects of writing in the real world, including writing to a brief, commissioned writing, writing for museum curatorship, writing to deadlines, research skills and interviewing skills. Students will practise writing feature pieces such as profiles, personal-investigative essays, political essays, sports-writing, science-writing, food-writing, music-writing and film-writing, while learning to cater their writing to a range of potential audiences and demographics. Guest freelance writers will be invited to speak about their experiences as working writers.

Students who complete this subject will be able to:

  • use a range of techniques to tap creative ideas;
  • plan feasible creative projects for a given time-frame and word length;
  • use structure and style with economy and power across a range of genres;
  • participate effectively in group discussions and collaborative learning; and
  • demonstrate an understanding of the wider public significance of their knowledge and skills.
Assessment: An oral presentation in response to weekly readings (10%), a folio of freelance writing, 5000 words (90%) due at the end of the semester. Students are required to attend a minimum of 75% of classes in order to qualify to have their written work assessed. All required written work must be submitted in order to pass the subject.
Prescribed Texts: A subject reader will be available from the University Bookshop.
Breadth Options:

This subject is not available as a breadth subject.

Fees Information: Subject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date
Generic Skills:

Students who successfully complete this subject will acquire skills in:

  • critical thinking and analysis;
  • thinking creatively;
  • openness to new ideas;
  • communicating thoughts and knowledge;
  • written communication;
  • time management and planning; and
  • practices and ethics in the field of creative writing.
Related Course(s): Master of Creative Writing, Publishing and Editing
Master of Publishing and Communications

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