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This unit entry is for students who completed this unit in 2016 only. For students planning to study the unit, please refer to the unit indexes in the the current edition of the Handbook. If you have any queries contact the managing faculty for your course or area of study.

Monash University

12 points, SCA Band 1, 0.250 EFTSL

Postgraduate - Unit

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Organisational Unit

Literary Studies


Associate Professor Chandani Lokuge


Not offered in 2016


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 alongside 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.


Within semester assessment: 100%

Workload requirements

Minimum total expected workload to achieve the learning outcomes for this unit is 288 hours per semester typically comprising a mixture of scheduled learning activities and independent study. A unit requires on average three/four hours of scheduled activities per week. Scheduled activities may include a combination of teacher directed learning, peer directed learning and online engagement.

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Chief examiner(s)


APG4272, APR5272