REQUIRED TEXTS: these are the texts all students must read.
Recommended and suggesting readings are listed in the Full Study Schedule.
· The Required readings are available from the unit's Online Readings link from the MU Library (see the Weekly reading schedule in this unit Study Schedule). Texts to be purchased:
· Jerome Stern, Making Shapely Fiction, WW Norton
· David Lodge, The Art of Fiction, Penguin Books
· Philip Pullman, Northern Lights, Scholastic.
· F. Scott Fitzgerald, The Great Gatsby, Penguin Books
Online units can be accessed at: http://ilearn.mq.edu.au
The unit’s iLearn site will be available from Week 1. Please login and explore the website. PC and Internet access are required. Basic computer skills (e.g., internet browsing) and skills in word processing are also a requirement. Please consult teaching staff for any further, more specific requirements.
All students must regularly access their student email.
Learning and Teaching Methods
The focus of the Creative Writing program is on the practice of writing, accompanied by the development of research, reading and analysis skills and understandings. Students develop expertise through an integration of critical reflection, discussion, written analysis and reflection and individual creative practice.
Learning activities in this unit include the reading, viewing and analysis of written texts, and participation in lectures, tutorial and/or seminars. Small and large group discussion and activities, and workshopping of work-in-progress key elements of the online and campus classroom practice. Students develop their writing expertise by producing writing in a range of genres or through specialisation in specific genres that include prose, poetry and nonfiction for adult and child audiences and readerships.
Students are expected to initiate original stories, ideas or concepts, and are then guided in the refinement, development and completion of these works, and to identify and situate them in specific contexts, and for specific readerships.