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Unit Overview


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, creative non-fiction, poetry or script). The use of a range of creative 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 through a series of creative exercises across the unit. 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 standard non-fiction.

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
  • Level 1 elective

Students are able to (1) critique major creative works; (2) craft a completed literary work; (3) produce creative, original forms of thought and expression; (4) express ideas concisely and clearly in both oral and written formats; (5) apply a range of reading strategies important in theory and culture; and (6) demonstrate an understanding of major literary techniques and their effects.


Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) tutorial participation; (2) analysis and folio planning; and (3) creative folio. Further information is available in the unit outline.

Student may be offered supplementary assessment in this unit if they meet the eligibility criteria.

Unit Coordinator(s)
Dr Catherine Noske
Unit rules
Advisable prior study
ENGL1002 Literary Classics, ENGL1401 Narrative in the Digital Age,
or ENGL1000 Global Literatures.
Contact hours
3 hours per week.
  • 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.
  • Unit readings, including any essential textbooks, are listed in the unit outline for each unit, one week prior the commencement of study. The unit outline will be available via the LMS and the UWA Handbook one week prior the commencement of study. Reading lists and essential textbooks are subject to change each semester. Information on essential textbooks will also be made available on the Essential Textbooks. This website is updated regularly in the lead up to semester so content may change. It is recommended that students purchase essential textbooks for convenience due to the frequency with which they will be required during the unit. A limited number of textbooks will be made available from the Library in print and will also be made available online wherever possible. Essential textbooks can be purchased from the commercial vendors to secure the best deal. The Student Guild can provide assistance on where to purchase books if required. Books can be purchased second hand at the Guild Secondhand bookshop (second floor, Guild Village), which is located on campus.
  • Contact hours provide an indication of the type and extent of in-class activities this unit may contain. The total amount of student work (including contact hours, assessment time, and self-study) will approximate 150 hours per 6 credit points.