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Creative Writing: Extended Project (EGL220)

Organisational Unit Creative Media, Arts and Design
Credit Points 3
Availability MURDOCH: S2-internal, S2-external
Teaching Timetables Murdoch S2
Description Broadens awareness of writers' techniques and a range of international short fiction and creative non-fiction ranging from traditional narrative to experimental forms. The unit also develops students' understanding of processes involved in writing creatively, approaches to research for creative writing, and further consideration of formal elements. Weekly workshops (and for external students, posting of their drafts on their online discussion forum) will assist students with the development and crafting of their writing from early draft to final submission stage.
Unit Learning Outcomes On successful completion of this unit you should be able to:
1. Discuss and/or reflect in your journals on a range of relevant creative writing strategies and techniques used in the texts in the unit reader.
2. Apply to your own writing project, relevant approaches to researching and drafting suggested by texts in the unit reader.
3. Apply to your own writing project effective details of characterization and setting.
4. Apply to your own writing project, relevant techniques of narrating, voice and point of view.
5. Participate in constructive criticism of own and peers' creative work.
6. Communicate effectively in written and oral work.
7. Apply to your own writing project, relevant approaches to revising and editing suggested in texts in the unit reader.
8. Complete an original, imaginative, well-crafted and presented story approximately (and no more than) 3,000 words long.
Timetabled Learning Activities Lecture: One introductory lecture up to an hour long in week 1 only; workshops: up to 2.5 hours per week.
Unit Learning Experiences The approach to learning in this unit includes weekly workshops for internal students; and regular use of students' journals for writing exercises and responses to unit readings for both internal and external students. Students should use the weekly study questions in the study guide to respond in their journals to the unit readings and help them understand the weekly readings. (Internal students should do this each week BEFORE attending the weekly workshop).
Weekly workshops for internal students provide them with opportunities for gaining and giving peer feedback on their writing projects. External and internal students have the opportunity to gain peer-feedback in online discussion. Writing exercises, readings, online peer feedback for external and internal students and workshops for internal students assist students in the development of their writing. There is one introductory lecture only, in week one. This will also be made available online.
Other Learning Experiences Students who have completed EGL122 Writing & Creativity, EGL123 Texting I: Introduction to Literature, Writing and Performance, EGL124 Texting II: Introduction to Literature, Writing and Performance, or EGL249 The Short Story: Approaches to Writing and Reading can develop their skills through a more extended creative prose-writing project.
INTERNAL STUDENTS 1.Outline/ draft of proposed major creative writing project worth 20%. 2. Paper on one of the weekly unit readings and its author: 20% 3. Major creative writing project: 40% 4. Participation mark: In-class workshopping and commentary on your major assignment :20%
Outline and draft of proposed major creative writing project:20% Major creative writing project: 40% Written journal responses :30%. Written commentary on your major assignment 10%.
Prerequisites Completion of EGL121 or EGL122 or EGL123 or EGL124 or EGL249.
Appears in these Courses/Majors:
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English and Creative Writing (BA)
English and Creative Writing (BA) [New in 2014]
Appears in these Co-Majors English and Creative Writing
Appears in these Minors Creative Writing
Internet Access RequirementsMurdoch units normally include an online component comprising materials, discussions, lecture recordings and assessment activities. All students, regardless of their location or mode of study, need to have access to and be able to use computing devices with browsing capability and a connection to the Internet via Broadband (Cable, ADSL or Mobile) or Wireless. The Internet connection should be readily available and allow large amounts of data to be streamed or downloaded (approximately 100MB per lecture recording). Students also need to be able to enter into online discussions and submit assignments online.


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