Graduate Certificate in Arts (Creative Writing)

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  • Objectives
    * Demonstrate an independent approach to knowledge that uses rigorous methods of inquiry and appropriate theories and methodologies that are applied with intellectual honesty and a respect for ethical values. * Apply critical and analytical skills and methods to the identification and resolution of problems within complex changing social contexts. * Act as informed and critically discriminating participants within the community of scholars, as citizens and in the work force. * Communicate effectively. * Commit to continuous learning. * Be proficient in the use of appropriate modern technologies, such as the computer and other information technology systems, for the acquisition, processing and interpretation of data.
  • Academic title
    Graduate Certificate in Arts (Creative Writing)
  • Course description
    Specialisation Requirements:

        * 12.5 points at first year level
        * 37.5 points at second/third year level

    First year subject

    Subject     Semester     Credit Points

    106-105  Creative Writing: Ideas and Practice
    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 attemp...     Semester 1     12.50

    Second year subjects

    Subject     Semester     Credit Points

    106-202  Short Fiction
    In this subject students will explore principles of the craft and theory of writing short narrative fiction. Students will read a variety of fiction texts from the beginning of the modernist era to contemporary fiction, ranging from Gogol to Chekhov,...     Semester 2     12.50

    106-235  Creative Non Fiction
    This subject asks students to develop their own non-fiction writing, short or longer, through the study of course materials, through class discussions, workshop sessions and submission of draft material. The topics dealt with in this subject will inc...     Semester 1     12.50

    106-236  Script for Performance
    This subject is designed to give writing students the chance to reflect upon, experiment with, and enhance the performative potential of their writing. Through seminars on performance studies, aspects of performance writing and practice, and in works...     Semester 1     12.50

    106-237  Poetry
    This subject is an introduction to a range of poetic forms. Students will read poetry from various periods and cultures, with an emphasis on 20th century contemporary poetry.     Semester 1     12.50

    Third year subjects

    Subject     Semester     Credit Points

    106-238  Experimental Fiction     
    This subject will not be available in 2009     12.50

    106-310  Novels
    This subject is designed to help students conceive, research and begin the writing of a novel, and to articulate an understanding of contemporary novels. It will introduce students to theoretical and historical approaches to the understanding and pra...     Semester 1     12.50

    106-311  Travel, Landscape and Place
    This subject will introduce students to a range of genres that deal with creative writing and its historical and contemporary relationship to travel, landscape and place writing. The subject defines both 'travel' and 'place' withi...     Semester 2     12.50

    106-362  Encounters with Writing     
    This subject will not be available in 2009     12.50

    106-363  Writing For Theatre
    This subject comprises a detailed study of the principles and craft of theatre writing focussing on the production of an original play/script. A selection of theatre scripts, in various styles will be studied in conjunction with relevant critical and...     Semester 2     12.50

    106-364  Poetry and Poetics
    Students in this subject will inquire into a wide range of traditional and contemporary stylistic practices in poetry and poetics. Students will analyse and present discussions on a variety of poetic texts and recent works on poetics, before applying...     Semester 2     12.50

    106-244  Writing for Screen
    In this subject students will be introduced to the history of screenwriting and the principles of the craft of writing scripts for screen. Students will read and respond to a variety of scripts written for or adapted to screen. Students will also be ...     Semester 2     12.50

    106-247  Reading Australian Writing
    This subject involves a study of recent Australian literary works selected from a range off genres. The approach will include discussion of ways of reading, and also creative responses to the selected texts. Students will read one significant work in...     Semester 1     12.50

    106-365  Diaries/Journals and Autobiography     
    This subject will not be available in 2009     12.50

    106-366  Writing Through Character
    In this subject students will examine practices of character construction in a range of forms, including fiction and script. Analysis will focus on various theories of subjectivity and representation, and also how the dynamics of monologue, dialogue ...     Semester 1     12.50

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