Required Texts: these are the texts all students must read.
Required weekly readings in addition to the full texts listed below, are available as e-documents from the MU Library (see the Weekly reading schedule in this Unit Handbook). Once accessed they can be printed out or read onscreen. Additional readings may be given by the Lecturer.
- Peter Goldsworthy, Jesus Wants me for A Sunbeam, Harper Collins Australia (ebook or print) including Afterword by Goldsworthy and essay by Amanda Lohrey.
- Molly Ringwald, When it Happens to You, New York: itbooks/Harper Collins, 2012.
- Tara June Winch, Swallow the Air, St Lucia: University of Queensland Press, 2007.
- Tim Winton, The Turning, Sydney: Picador, 2005.
Recommended and suggesting readings are listed in the Unit Handbook and at the unit's iLearn site.
Internal mode students will meet for seminars on campus approximately every two weeks, and participate weekly in discussions and other activities online through the iLearn site. External students will work in the online mode from the iLearn site.
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.
Learning and Teaching Methods
The focus of the Creative Writing program and this unit, 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 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.
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.