Creative Writing: Creative Non-fiction

Description

This course explores the various forms of creative non-fiction such as the literary memoir, the personal essay and travel writing as well as newer on-line forms of the genre. Students learn about the creative possibilities in the blending of fact and fiction that occurs in literary nonfiction. They will study the mid-level skills and techniques that turn facts into compelling stories and apply them to their own writing.

Availability

Callaghan Campus

  • Semester 2 - 2015

Ourimbah

  • Semester 2 - 2015

Learning Outcomes

1. An understanding of the various forms of creative nonfiction;

2. A detailed understanding of the techniques involved in shaping the creative nonfiction text;

3. Core skills in written communication, in textual analysis and in creative practice.

4. Demonstrate exposure to an array of voices from the local to the global and have started to develop their own voice.

Content

Creative non-fiction has flourished in major creative writing programs in recent years. Because of its hybrid and versatile nature, it offers exciting creative possibilities to students. Students explore the various forms it encompasses, such as the personal essay, travel writing and the literary memoir as well as newer on-line forms of the genre. In particular, they will learn how the best creative non-fiction works blend fact and fiction into compelling narratives. They will analyse the skills and techniques used by major writers in each form, and learn to apply them in shaping their own creative work.
Particular attention will be paid to

  • The hybrid and versatile nature of creative non-fiction
  • The features of the major forms of creative non-fiction
  • The blending of fact and fiction
  • The combination of narrative and descriptive techniques.

Assessment Items

Written Assignment: Two or more written assignments

Contact Hours

Online Activity

Online 2 hour(s) per Week for 4 Weeks

Seminar

Face to Face On Campus 2 hour(s) per Week for 8 Weeks