Creative Reading and Writing

Description

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.

Availability

Callaghan Campus

  • Semester 2 - 2015

Ourimbah

  • Semester 2 - 2015

Learning Outcomes

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.

Content

This 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.

Assessment Items

Written Assignment: Short Creative

Essay: Reflective Essay

Portfolio: Creative Portfolio

Written Assignment: Workshop Critique

Contact Hours

Seminar

Face to Face On Campus 2 hour(s) per Week for Full Term