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WRT3421 - Writing 1: Techniques

6 points, SCA Band 1, 0.125 EFTSL

Undergraduate Faculty of Arts

Leader: Dr Robert Briggs


Gippsland First semester 2007 (Day)
Gippsland First semester 2007 (Off-campus)
Malaysia First semester 2007 (Day)


The unit covers a range of compositional techniques used in such written forms as prose fiction, feature articles, reviewing and travel writing. The weekly topics are organised around exercises designed to develop skills in effective use of creative detail, in conscious crafting of formal elements, and in preparation and editing of copy for publication.


On successful completion of this unit students will have:

  1. An understanding of a range of practices and techniques in contemporary writing through reading, analysis and practice;
  2. Refined and extended communication and writing skills across a number of literary and other forms and for a variety of audiences;
  3. Skills in editing, proofing and preparation of copy for publication;
  4. Advanced writing and reading skills as a member of an Internet writing group; and
  5. A dossier of research, ideas for writing and examples of drafts and finished work at the end of the unit.


Minor Assignment 1 (1200 words) : 20%
Minor Assignment 2 (1300 words) : 20%
Major Project (2000 words) : 40%
Participation : 20%

Contact hours

1 two-hour seminar per week


COM1010 and COM1020, plus one of ENH2401, ENH2402, ENH2404/3404, ENH2405/3405, ENH2407/3407, COM2407/3407, or equivalent


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