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ENH4265 - Writers and the Creative Process

12 points, SCA Band 1, 0.250 EFTSL

Undergraduate Faculty of Arts

Leader: Chandani Lokuge


Clayton First semester 2007 (Day)


This unit will extend students' skills as 'informed' writers and readers by reviewing a range of writings by 'creative writers' themselves (novelists, dramatists and poets) on the creative process: inspiration and imagination, the real and the fictive, the metaphysics of language, women's themes, and the moral and political role of the artist in society. Students will examine 'canonical' creative texts alongside essays, fugitive pieces and literary manifestoes by living writers and use them as models for their own creative writing experiments. It will appeal to aspiring creative writers, and those seeking careers in related areas like publishing, reviewing and teaching.


An edited anthology of short fiction which includes a selection of texts (not included in word count), author biographies, scholarly introduction and explanatory notes (4500 words): 40%
Folio of short fiction and exegesis, OR an essay on a given topic (4500 words): 50%
Participation: 10%

Contact hours

2 hour seminar per week