Available in 2022
Course code



10 units


1000 level

Course handbook


This course offers entry-level training in creative writing. Through a close reading and discussion of texts across the major literary forms, as well as through developing their own writing, students are familiarised with the techniques and strategies used by creative writers and are trained to adapt these tools to produce their own work.



  • Semester 2 - 2022


  • Semester 2 - 2022

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of the course students will be able to:

1. Identify a range of techniques and elements of writing craft in poetry, creative nonfiction and fiction.

2. More effectively edit and refine written language in terms of grammar and sentence construction.

3. Use the workshop model of critiquing to develop their own written work and that of others.

4. Develop original creative works that reflect their engagement with writing craft and the work of contemporary creative writing practitioners.


This course is an introduction to creative writing with a focus on the relationship between reading and writing as an essential part of the development of the creative writing practitioner. The structured reading program guides students through key exemplars in poetry, fiction and creative non-fiction. Through classroom discussion of these exemplars, workshopping of creative works in progress, and writing exercises, students will develop the foundational creative writing skills required to complete their chosen creative projects.


Assessment items

Professional Task: Short Creative (20%)

Written Assignment: Reflective Essay (20%)

Professional Task: Creative Portfolio (50%)

Quiz: Multiple choice quizzes (10%)

Compulsory Requirements

In order to pass this course, each student must complete ALL of the following compulsory requirements:

General Course Requirements:

  • Seminar: There is a compulsory attendance requirement in this course. - Due to the practical nature of this course students are expected to attend a minimum of 80% of classes.

Contact hours



Face to Face On Campus 2 hour(s) per Week for 12 Weeks



Face to Face On Campus 2 hour(s) per Week for 12 Weeks

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