Faculty of Arts

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6 points, SCA Band 1, 0.125 EFTSL

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FacultyFaculty of Arts
OfferedClayton First semester 2014 (Day)
Coordinator(s)Dr Ali Alizadeh and Dr Melinda Harvey


This unit offers students the opportunity to learn about the practice of one of the key forms of contemporary storytelling - creative nonfiction. In the atmosphere of workshops, guided by discussion and a selection of set readings, students will develop the main skills necessary for nonfiction writing: choosing a topic, research and drafting. Students will experiment with a range of creative nonfiction genres such as: memoir; biography; travel writing; the essay; narrative nonfiction; and nonfiction poetry. We will discuss the ethical, theoretical and aesthetic issues associated with a range of creative nonfiction genres and their sites of publication. The unit explores the relationship between fact and fiction, the role of personal experience in creativity, and the use of the techniques of fiction and poetry in the treatment of real life. The unit will also pay attention to revising, editing and presenting writing for publication.


On completion of this subject students will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate a familiarity with and understanding of a variety of creative nonfiction genres;
  2. Demonstrate a familiarity with and willingness to address the ethical, theoretical and aesthetic issues raised by creative nonfiction; and
  3. Demonstrate an ability to plan, organise and create a piece of creative nonfiction work from inception to entry level publication standard.


Written work (3500 words): 70%
Presentation (1000 words): 20%
Participation: 10%

Chief examiner(s)

Workload requirements

On ave 12 hours per week including seminars, workshops and private study.
Fortnightly schedule:
Weeks 1, 3, 5, 7, 9, 11: One 2-hour seminar per week
Weeks 2, 4, 6, 8, 10: One 1-hour writing workshop
End of semester: 4 hour conference (attendance compulsory).

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A cornerstone unit in Literary studies