WRIT509 Writing Creative Non-fiction

Updated: 12 March 2019
Credit Points 6
Offering Not offered in 2020
Intensive School(s) None
Supervised Exam There is no supervised examination.
Pre-requisites candidature in a postgraduate award
Co-requisites None
Restrictions ENCO309 or ENCO509 or WRIT309

Offered in odd-numbered years

Combined Units WRIT309 - Writing Creative Non-fiction
Unit Description

Creative non-fiction is the art of constructing actual lives, places, and events using storytelling techniques usually associated with fiction. Creative non-fiction is one of the fastest growing literary genres in Australia and beyond. In this unit, students are introduced to key sub-genres of creative non-fiction - such as biography, memoir, narrative journalism and true crime - from the perspective of the writer. Students will analyse creative non-fiction in order to develop skills in writing creatively in one of the available sub-genres, supported by feedback and workshopping. This unit also invites students to consider the ethics of writing at the boundaries of non-fiction and fiction.

Materials Textbook information will be displayed approximately 8 weeks prior to the commencement of the teaching period. Please note that textbook requirements may vary from one teaching period to the next.
Disclaimer Unit information may be subject to change prior to commencement of the teaching period.
Assessment Assessment information will be published prior to commencement of the teaching period.
Learning Outcomes (LO) Upon completion of this unit, students will be able to:
  1. integrate theoretical knowledge of non-fiction practices, forms and techniques into the development of a work of creative non-fiction;
  2. identify, analyse and evaluate narrative techniques and conventions of at least one genre of creative non-fiction;
  3. initiate independent research and integrate findings into the analysis and production of non-fiction;
  4. apply narrative techniques and conventions to develop a complex piece of creative non-fiction project that engages with critical and creative processes and is informed by extensive research;
  5. work independently and collaboratively through workshops to develop a work of creative non-fiction; and
  6. recognise, research, and, develop strategies to address, ethical issues related to writing creative non-fiction.