ENGL1501 Reading Creatively/Writing Creatively

6 points
(see Timetable)
Semester 2UWA (Perth)Face to face
Semester 2AlbanyFace to face
Details for undergraduate courses
  • Level 1 option in the English and Literary Studies major sequence
  • The area of knowledge for this unit is Society and Culture
  • Category B broadening unit for students
  • Level 1 elective
This unit engages with the joy and power of the written word. Investigating several aspects of writing practice, it aims to develop craft and narrative technique. Students work throughout the semester to plan and then write one or more pieces of creative work (fiction, poetry or drama/script). They have their writing subjected to workshop critique led by a tutor who is a published creative writer. The use of a range of techniques and strategies is explored through the discussion in lectures and tutorials of a selection of creative texts, as well as in reference to the students' own writing. Students are encouraged to read widely as a further important tool to develop their creative writing skills. Please note that this unit does not deal with journalism or non-fiction.
Students are able to (1) read independently to interpret and critique major creative works; (2) craft, revise and edit a completed literary work; (3) produce, recognise and value creative and original forms of thought and expression; (4) express ideas concisely and clearly in both oral and written formats; (5) contribute thoughtfully and constructively to workshop discussion; (6) develop the ability to apply a range of reading strategies important in theory and culture; and (7) develop the ability to read and distinguish major literary techniques and their effects.
Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) tutorial and workshop participation; (2) creative folio; and (3) examination. Further information is available in the unit outline.

Supplementary assessment is not available in this unit except in the case of a bachelor's pass degree student who has obtained a mark of 45 to 49 overall and is currently enrolled in this unit, and it is the only remaining unit that the student must pass in order to complete their course.
Unit Coordinator(s)
Dr Catherine Noske
Unit rules
Advisable prior study:
ENGL1002 Literary Classics, ENGL1401 Narrative in the Digital Age,
ENGL1902 Reading Bodies.
Contact hours
lectures: 1 x 1 hour per week; interactive writing sessions: 1 x 1 hour per week (following immediately from lecture); tutorials: 1 x 1 hour per week (10 weeks from week 2)
  • The availability of units in Semester 1, 2, etc. was correct at the time of publication but may be subject to change.
  • All students are responsible for identifying when they need assistance to improve their academic learning, research, English language and numeracy skills; seeking out the services and resources available to help them; and applying what they learn. Students are encouraged to register for free online support through GETSmart; to help themselves to the extensive range of resources on UWA's STUDYSmarter website; and to participate in WRITESmart and (ma+hs)Smart drop-ins and workshops.
  • Books and other material wherever listed may be subject to change. Book lists relating to 'Preliminary reading', 'Recommended reading' and 'Textbooks' are, in most cases, available via the Booktopia Textbook Finder, which has the functionality to search by course code, course, ISBN and title, and may also be posted or available at the appropriate school's administrative offices. Where texts are listed in the unit description above, an asterisk (*) indicates that the book is available in paperback.