ENGL2501 Creative Writing: Theory and Practice

6 points
(see Timetable)
Semester 1UWA (Perth)Face to face
Details for undergraduate courses
  • Level 2 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 2 elective
This unit of study in the writer's craft aims to stimulate and guide students' creative writing, while considering the intersection between theory and practice inherent in writing as an act. It engages with key theoretical approaches to the discipline in order to understand the relationship between the writer and society, alerting students to contemporary literary forms, discourses and language. Students attend workshops and submit writing in the genre of their choice—poetry or fiction. Lectures and workshops consider a mixture of received literature and students' own works in order to understand the complex cultural and social discourses we inherently involve ourselves in when producing writing.
Students are able to (1) craft, revise and edit a complete literary work of poetry, fiction or playscript; (2) develop ability to apply creative technique, with an awareness of literary context; (3) gain a critical understanding of the manner in which literary concepts and theories intersect with practice in creative writing as a discipline; (4) enhance skills in reading and responding to creative writing in a workshop situation; (5) gain a critical awareness of creative writing as a cultural practice, and the impact of ideologies of race, gender and class in both producing and responding to writing; (6) acquire an historicised understanding of fundamental critical concepts that allow us to recognise and discuss the relationship between the formal, thematic and functional aspects of texts both studied and produced in the unit; and (7) develop and practice enquiry-based learning and research as relevant specifically to creative practice.
Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) folio outline; (2) a folio of creative work; and (3) workshop participation. 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, Dr Claire Jones and Dr Tony Hughes d'Aeth
Unit rules
24 points of study
Advisable prior study:
ENGL1501 Reading Creatively/Writing Creatively
Contact hours
lectures: 1 x 1 hour; tutorial: 1 x 2 hours per week
Unit Outline
Semester 1-2020 [SEM-1-2020]
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  • 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.
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