WRIT509 Writing Non-fiction: Interpreting the Truth

Updated: 29 November 2018
Credit Points 6
Responsible Campus Teaching Period Mode of Study
Armidale Trimester 1 Online
Armidale Trimester 1 On Campus
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 Non-fiction: Interpreting the Truth
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 including biography, historical biofiction, memoir, narrative journalism, and oral and digital storytelling. Students will analyse creative non-fiction and develop skills in writing creatively in one of their chosen sub-genres, supported by feedback and workshopping. This unit also invites students to consider the ethics of representation at the boundaries of non-fiction and fiction.

Materials No text required
Disclaimer Unit information may be subject to change prior to commencement of the teaching period.
Title Exam Length Weight Mode No. Words
Compulsory Creative Work & Exegesis 60% 3500 (equivalent)
Assessment Notes

Creative Non-fiction and Exegesis. Creative non-fiction work in one of the genres studied in the unit and an accompanying research exegesis.

Relates to Learning Outcomes (LO)

LO: 1-6

Compulsory Textual Analysis and Plan 30% 2500
Assessment Notes

Textual Analysis and Plan for Creative Non-fiction. Part one: Written analysis of set reading in chosen creative non-fiction genre, examining genre conventions and narrative techniques with reference to scholarship. Part two: Plan for creative non-fiction piece in response to the set reading analysed, focusing on informed use of genre conventions and narrative techniques. Identification of, and research into, ethical issues and a plan for navigating them

Relates to Learning Outcomes (LO)

LO: 1-6

Compulsory Workshops 10% 500 (equivalent)
Assessment Notes

Structured, collaborative workshops (either online or on-campus) to develop and revise a work of creative non-fiction.

Relates to Learning Outcomes (LO)

LO: 5

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.