Faculty of Arts

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FacultyFaculty of Arts
Organisational UnitEnglish
OfferedClayton Second semester 2013 (Day)
Coordinator(s)Associate Professor Chandani Lokuge


Extend students' skills as 'informed' writers and readers by reviewing a range of writings by 'creative writers' 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. It will extend to the 'art of fiction', the practicalities of creating a narrative from idea development and the mechanics of writing to marketing strategies. Students will review 'canonical' creative texts alonside essays, fugitive pieces and literary manifestoes. It will appeal to aspiring creative writers and those seeking careers in related areas like publishing, reviewing and teaching.


Upon successful completion of the unit, students should be able to:

  1. Understand their own creative process that will assist them in progressing with their HDR thesis which in the Creative Writing Discipline comprises a creative and critical component;
  2. Extend and expand their reading skills through critiquing the creative process of established writers;
  3. Develop, refine and sophisticate their writing skills through experimentation;
  4. Develop as 'informed' writers and readers by gaining in-depth knowledge into the theories of creative writing;
  5. Develop research skills in the Discipline that will enhance scholarship;
  6. Understand the working of the publishing industry.


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

Chief examiner(s)

Contact hours

One 2-hour seminar per week


APG5272, APG4272