Weekly readings will be made accessible by embedded links on iLearn or through the library’s Multisearch function under codes CWPG815 & ENGL714. See: http://www.mq.edu.au/on_campus/library/ The required readings are also detailed in the full Unit Handbook available at the unit's iLearn site.
- Perl, Sondra and Schwartz, Mimi. Writing True: The Art and Craft of Creative Nonfiction. Boston: Wadsworth/Cengage Learning, 2014.
- Garner, Helen. The First Stone: Some Questions on Sex and Power. Chippendale, N.S.W: Picador, 1995.
- Further weekly readings of essays, articles and chapters are available from the unit’s iLearn site and e-Reserve at the Library. Each week students will typically read two pieces of creative nonfiction and one 'craft' reading addressing the techniques, ethical concerns and professional standards of nonfiction writing. The reading list includes work by international authors such as Zadie Smith, George Saunders, Rebecca Solnit, Joan Didion, David Foster Wallace, Leslie Jamison, and Elliot Weinberger; and Australian essayists including Ashley Hay, Chloe Hooper, Kevin Brophy and Maria Tumarkin.
RECOMMENDED (i.e. non-essential) READING
- Eisenhuth, Susie and McDonald, Wila (eds.).The Writers’ Reader: Understanding Journalism and Nonfiction. New York: Cambridge University Press, 2007.
- Hart, Jack. Storycraft: The Complete Guide to Writing Narrative Nonfiction. London; Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2011.
- Hemley, Robin. A Field Guide for Immersion Writing: Memoir, Journalism and Travel. Athens, Georgia: University of Georgia Press, 2012.
- Kidder, Tracy and Todd, Richard. Good Prose: the Art of Nonfiction. New York: Random House, 2013.
- Kramer, Mark and Call, Wendy (eds). Telling True Stories: A Nonfiction Writers' Guide from the Nieman Foundation at Harvard University. New York: Penguin, 2007.
- Lazar, David (ed.). Truth in Nonfiction: Essays. Iowa City: University of Iowa Press, 2008.
- Lopate, Philip. To Show and to Tell: The Craft of Literary Nonfiction. New York: Free Press, 2013.
- Ricketson, Matthew. Telling True Stories: Navigating the Challenges of Writing Narrative Non-Fiction. Sydney, NSW: Allen and Unwin, 2014.
- Singer, Margot and Walker, Nicole (eds). Bending Genre: Essays on Creative Nonfiction. New York; London: Bloomsbury, 2013.
External and Internal students must log in to the unit's iLearn site during Week 1. Students will be using the iLearn online site for communications each week. Students access reading materials, discussion boards, web links, each other’s work and assignment marks through the unit’s online web pages. Please familiarise yourself with the site in Week 1, paying particular attention to Announcements.
Students are expected to participate on a weekly basis, logging-in a number of times (for instance 3-4 times during each week) in order to listen to the lecture, to workshop, and to participate in the discussions of the readings. You can choose what time you do this each week—there is no 'live classroom' in this unit. The online week begins on Monday mornings and ends on Sunday night.