Creative Writing: Creative Non-fiction

Course code ENGL2102Units 10Level 2000Faculty of Education and ArtsSchool of Humanities and Social Science

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.

Available in 2015

Callaghan CampusSemester 2
OurimbahSemester 2
Previously offered in 2014
ObjectivesOn successful completion of this course students will be able to demonstrate:
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.
ContentCreative 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.
Replacing Course(s)NA
Industrial Experience0
Assumed KnowledgeNo
Modes of DeliveryFlexible Delivery / Student Centred Learning
Internal Mode
Teaching MethodsEmail Discussion Group
Assessment Items
Essays / Written AssignmentsTwo or more written assignments, which might include minor or major essays, creative and reflective assessment, tutorial papers, book reviews, online discussion/critique, blogs, essay proposals, bibliographies or other similar exercises, totaling 3000-4500 words.
Contact HoursEmail Discussion Group: for 2 hour(s) per Week for 4 weeks
Seminar: for 2 hour(s) per Week for 8 weeks
Timetables2015 Course Timetables for ENGL2102