Creative Reading and Writing

Course code ENGL1201Units 10Level 1000Faculty of Education and ArtsSchool of Humanities and Social Science

This is an introduction to creative writing that stresses the importance of creative reading in developing the skills and techniques of the beginning writer. Through a close reading of texts across different genres, students are alerted to the creative possibilities and challenges specific to each genre and are encouraged to imitate and adapt the tools of the writing trade.

Available in 2015

Callaghan CampusSemester 2
OurimbahSemester 2
Previously offered in 2014
ObjectivesUpon successful completion of this course, students will have
1. acquired an understanding of the art of creative reading - the ability to identify a good text and use it as a creative model;
2. developed the ability to analyse literary texts in a coherent way;
3. acquired a knowledge of the different genres, the literary canons, tradition and forms
4. started on the writing path with literary exemplars to inspire them.
ContentThis course is an introduction to creative writing with the focus on reading as an essential part of the development of the writer.

The structured reading program guides students through the different genres, literary forms and traditions and reveals the skills and techniques of major writers. Students learn to respect the various literary canons but are at the same time encouraged to experiment and reshape inherited forms. They are directed to literary exemplars to hone their writing instincts and skills, in classroom writing exercises and in their chosen creative project.

Particular attention will be paid to
* the features and creative challenges of the different genres;
* the literary traditions and canons of each genre;
* the critical tools in literary analysis;
* the skills and techniques of major writers;
* discovering literary exemplars to inspire students.
Replacing Course(s)At Ourimbah, ENGL1201 will be replacing ENGL1653: Introduction to Creative Writing.
TransitionNo transition arrangements are necessary.
Industrial Experience0
Assumed KnowledgeNil.
Modes of DeliveryInternal Mode
Teaching MethodsLecture
Assessment Items
Essays / Written AssignmentsTwo or more written assignments, which might include minor or major essays, tutorial papers, book reviews, online quiz, blogs, essay proposals, bibliographies or other similar exercises, up to 4500 words. 100%
Other: (please specify)Students must submit all assessment items in order to complete the course.

Specific instructions about the weighting, timing and word limits of all assessment tasks will be found in the course outline available in the first two weeks of semester.
Contact HoursSeminar: for 2 hour(s) per Week for Full Term
Compulsory Components
Requisite by EnrolmentThis course is not available to students who have completed, or are enrolled in, ENGL1653
Timetables2015 Course Timetables for ENGL1201