Available in 2022
Course code



10 units


2000 level

Course handbook


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.



  • Semester 2 - 2022

Learning outcomes

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

1. Identify the various forms of creative nonfiction across an array of voices from the local to the global;

2. Experiment with the key techniques involved in shaping the creative nonfiction text;

3. Apply core skills in written communication, in both critical analysis and creative practice.


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: Creative non-fiction (50%)

Written Assignment: Reflection (30%)

Written Assignment: Response to family photograph (20%)

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 75% of classes.

Contact hours



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

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