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Creative Writing: Ideas and Practice (CWRI10001)

Undergraduate level 1Points: 12.5On Campus (Parkville)

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Year of offer2019
Subject levelUndergraduate Level 1
Subject codeCWRI10001
Semester 1
FeesSubject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date

This subject focuses on the creative process of shorter literary work, from the first idea through the development, editing and presentation, including the identification of sources, and choice of style and form. Students will be encouraged to attempt a variety of forms including poetry, monologue, fiction and creative non-fiction. They will also be encouraged to read and discuss a wide range of contemporary literature as part of their understanding and articulation of their own and others' creative work.

Intended learning outcomes

On successful completion of this subject, student should have:

  • a strong understanding of the discipline of creative writing, including its histories, frameworks and principles;
  • had an opportunity to play with ideas, drawing on their experience and memory to draft and develop their own creative written works to a high standard;
  • been challenged in thinking in ways that ‘desettle’ previous understandings; a detailed knowledge and understanding of various forms of creative writing such as poetry, creative non-fiction and fiction;
  • learned the foundations of appropriate methodologies and critical inquiry into creative works with intellectual honesty and a respect for ethical values;
  • the ability to act as informed and critically discriminating participants in the appraisal and discussion of the creative work of their peers, taking into account individual and cultural differences;
  • the ability to work with independence, self-reflection and creativity to meet goals and challenges;
  • been inspired to continue to pursue the discipline of creative writing; and
  • learned the foundations of technical and computer skills, including LMS Discussion Board participation.

Generic skills

At the completion of this subject, students should gain the following generic skills:

  • the ability to apply analytic, independent, and critical skills to written texts;
  • the ability to apply problem-solving skills to creative tasks;
  • the ability to complete written tasks to a high level of literacy;
  • the ability to tackle unfamiliar problems with confidence; and
  • the ability to plan and develop their own work.

Eligibility and requirements





Non-allowed subjects

106-105 Creative Writing: Ideas and Practice

Core participation requirements

The University of Melbourne is committed to providing students with reasonable adjustments to assessment and participation under the Disability Standards for Education (2005), and the Assessment and Results Policy (MPF1326). Students are expected to meet the core participation requirements for their course. These can be viewed under Entry and Participation Requirements for the course outlines in the Handbook.

Further details on how to seek academic adjustments can be found on the Student Equity and Disability Support website: http://services.unimelb.edu.au/student-equity/home


Additional details

This subject has written work totalling 4000 words :

  • 1500-word short fiction (30%), due during semester (week 5)
  • 30 to 40 lines of poetry or 1000 words of writing for performance or monologue (30%), due during semester (week 10)
  • 1500-word creative non-fiction, due during the examination period (30%)
  • Participation in tutorials, which will involve discussion of lectures throughout semester (10%)
  • Hurdle: This subject has a minimum hurdle requirement of 80% attendance and regular participation in tutorials. Assessment submitted late without an approved extension will be penalised at 10% per day. All three assignments must be submitted to pass this subject

Dates & times

  • Semester 1
    CoordinatorElizabeth Macfarlane
    Mode of deliveryOn Campus — Parkville
    Contact hoursTotal 36 hours: A 1-hour lecture and a 2-hour workshop per week.
    Total time commitment170 hours
    Teaching period 4 March 2019 to 2 June 2019
    Last self-enrol date15 March 2019
    Census date31 March 2019
    Last date to withdraw without fail10 May 2019
    Assessment period ends28 June 2019

Time commitment details

170 hours

Further information

  • Texts

    Prescribed texts

    A subject reader will be available from the University bookshop.

  • Subject notes

    This subject is available to Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Creative Arts students and may be credited towards a major in Creative Writing in either course.

  • Breadth options
  • Available through the Community Access Program

    About the Community Access Program (CAP)

    This subject is available through the Community Access Program (also called Single Subject Studies) which allows you to enrol in single subjects offered by the University of Melbourne, without the commitment required to complete a whole degree.

    Entry requirements including prerequisites may apply. Please refer to the CAP applications page for further information.

  • Available to Study Abroad and/or Study Exchange Students

    This subject is available to students studying at the University from eligible overseas institutions on exchange and study abroad. Students are required to satisfy any listed requirements, such as pre- and co-requisites, for enrolment in the subject.

Last updated: 11 October 2019