Creative Writing: Ideas and Practice

Subject CWRI10001 (2016)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2016.

Credit Points: 12.5
Level: 1 (Undergraduate)
Dates & Locations:

This subject has the following teaching availabilities in 2016:

Semester 1, Parkville - Taught on campus.
Pre-teaching Period Start not applicable
Teaching Period 29-Feb-2016 to 29-May-2016
Assessment Period End 24-Jun-2016
Last date to Self-Enrol 11-Mar-2016
Census Date 31-Mar-2016
Last date to Withdraw without fail 06-May-2016

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Time Commitment: Contact Hours: 36 hours: A 1-hour lecture and a 2-hour workshop per week.
Total Time Commitment:

Total expected time commitment is 170-hours across the semester, including class time.





Recommended Background Knowledge:


Non Allowed Subjects:

106-105 Creative Writing: Ideas and Practice

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:


Dr Grant Caldwell


Subject Overview:

This subject focuses on the creative process of shorter literary work, from the first idea through the development, editing and presentation, including the identification of sources, and choice of style and form. Students will be encouraged to attempt a variety of forms including poetry, monologue, fiction and creative non-fiction. They will also be encouraged to read and discuss a wide range of contemporary literature as part of their understanding and articulation of their own and others' creative work.

Learning Outcomes:

On completion of this subject student should have:

  • a strong understanding of the discipline of creative writing, including its histories, frameworks and principles;
  • had an opportunity to play with ideas, drawing on their experience and memory to draft and develop their own creative written works to a high standard;
  • been challenged in thinking in ways that ‘desettle’ previous understandings; a detailed knowledge and understanding of various forms of creative writing such as poetry, creative non-fiction and fiction;
  • learned the foundations of appropriate methodologies and critical inquiry into creative works with intellectual honesty and a respect for ethical values;
  • the ability to act as informed and critically discriminating participants in the appraisal and discussion of the creative work of their peers, taking into account individual and cultural differences;
  • he ability to work with independence, self-reflection and creativity to meet goals and challenges;
  • been inspired to continue to pursue the discipline of creative writing;
  • learned the foundations of technical and computer skills, including LMS Discussion Board participation.


Written work totalling 4000 words including three major assignments due in weeks 5 (30 to 40 lines of poetry equivalent to 1000 words), week 9 (1500 words) and during the examination period (1500 words) allocated 30% each, with 10% for participation in tutorials, which will include attendance at lectures. This subject has a minimum hurdle requirement of 80% attendance and regular participation in tutorials. Assessment submitted late without an approved extension will be penalised at 10% per day. All pieces of written work must be submitted to pass this subject.

Prescribed Texts:

A subject reader will be available from the University bookshop.

Breadth Options:

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

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.

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Generic Skills:

Students who successfully complete this subject will be able to:

  • 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.

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 Majors/Minors/Specialisations: Creative Writing
Graduate Certificate in Arts - Creative Writing
Graduate Diploma in Arts - Creative Writing
Related Breadth Track(s): Creative Writing

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