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Postgraduate Diploma in Arts (Creative Writing)

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  • Objectives
    Students who complete the Postgraduate Diploma in Arts (Creative Writing) should: • be able to demonstrate a sound knowledge and understanding of the field of study known as creative writing • be able to access national and international trends and debates in their field of study • understand the possible relations between theory and practice in creative writing • demonstrate an independent approach to knowledge and practice • be able to apply critical, analytical and creative skills to tasks and problems in creative writing.
  • Academic Title
    Postgraduate Diploma in Arts (Creative Writing)
  • Course description
        * 1 Thesis (15,000 words) 50 points
        * 1 compulsory subjects
        * 3 elective subjects (37.5 points)

    Total 100 points - subjects are 12.5 points each, unless indicated otherwise.

    Thesis subject

    Subject     Semester     Credit Points

    106-534  Creative Writing Thesis - 50
    The student will negotiate a suitable thesis topic with a supervisor, attend meetings and supervision sessions as required, across two concurrent semesters.     Semester 1, Semester 2     50

    Compulsory subject

    Subject     Semester     Credit Points

    106-478  Theory For Writing
    A survey of critical, philosophical and theoretical writing relating to issues of creativity, creative writing and the publishing industry. Texts from, for instance, Derrida, Lacan, Freud, Foucault, Kristeva, Cixous, Barthes, Althusser, Tompkins, Wit...     Semester 1     12.50

    Elective subjects

    Subject     Semester     Credit Points

    106-406  Contested Sites
    This subject offers a space for reflection and debate in areas often neglected in postmodern perspectives; that is, in the politics and ethics of writing. Drawing upon a wide range of imaginative, critical and theoretical texts, the subject focuses o...     Semester 1     12.50

    106-433  Genre Interventions
    The subject teaches an understanding of genres in their social, historical and theoretical contexts. It will focus on the analysis of texts working in a range of literary and non-literary genres (the joke, the blog, the crime novel, the curse, the no...     Semester 2     12.50

    106-472  Genealogies of Place
    In this subject students will engage with creative and intellectual concepts that deal with an understanding of place (and places) and its relationship to individuals, communities and cultural formations. These places may be physical, social or psych...     Semester 2     12.50

    106-479  Extreme Poetry
    This subject will be presented through a series of seminars. Since the emergence of free verse at the beginning of the twentieth century, many poets have been interested in uncovering the limits of poetic conventions. At the same time poetry has been...     Semester 2     12.50

    106-480  Life Writing
    This subject explores a variety of life narratives including letters, biographies and memoirs from various periods and cultures including contemporary Australian examples. Students will read from texts about theoretical approaches which explore the n...     Semester 1     12.50

    106-421  Scripts Wanted: Any Medium
    In this subject each student will write and craft either a theatre playscript, a live performance script, a radio play, libretto or film/TV script. The student will decide on the particular medium early in the semester during the workshopping process...     Semester 2     12.50

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