Who would not wish to be a published author? This course provides an introduction to creative writing of various kinds, chiefly short fiction and poetry, in a workshop situation in which recent and, in particular, contemporary writing, made available in a reading brick, will be critically analysed and, where appropriate, used as a model. Stylistic diversity will be encouraged and the workshop will ensure close discussion of, and feedback on, student work. The course will include some consideration of the practical process of publishing.
Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:
Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to:
- Create poems and prose pieces in different forms and styles
- Experiment with and revise creative work, integrating suggestions from writing workshops and/or utilising analysis of published or other students’ creative work to modify your own.
- Perform a detailed formal analysis of a published work, making a coherent argument about the relationship between form and content in that work.
- Describe, analyse and make editorial suggestions for peers’ poetry and prose
- Reflect on your own creative work in relation to its formal qualities, your writing process and published work in a similar style or genre
1. Portfolio of Creative Work (60%) [Learning Outcomes 1, 2, 5]
Comprising drafts and rewrites of 3 poems and one story of approximately 3,500 words.
2. Written and oral comments on peers' work (15%) [Learning Outcome 4]
3. 1,000 – 1,500 word essay (25%) [Learning Outcomes 3, 5]
The ANU uses Turnitin to enhance student citation and referencing techniques, and to assess assignment submissions as a component of the University's approach to managing Academic Integrity. While the use of Turnitin is not mandatory, the ANU highly recommends Turnitin is used by both teaching staff and students. For additional information regarding Turnitin please visit the ANU Online website.
3 contact hours per week. Students are expected to commit up to 7 hours of independent study per week for this course.
Requisite and Incompatibility
Prescribed TextsEbrick of readings, including:
Garner, Helen. ‘I’. Meanjin. 61.1 (2002): 40-43
Pamuk, Orhan. “My Father’s Suitcase.” Nobel Lectures. December 7, 2006. http://www.nobelprize.org/nobel_prizes/literature/laureates/2006/pamuk-lecture_en.html
Rilke, Ranier Marie. “Letter 1.” Letters to a Young Poet. Trans. Herter Norton. New York: Norton, 1934
Joyce, James. “Araby.” 1914. The Story and its Writer: An Introduction to Short Fiction. 6th Edition. Ed. Ann Charters. Boston: Bedford/St. Martins, 2003
Wood, James. “Narrating.” How Fiction Works. London: Jonathan Cape: 5-31
Barth, John. “Lost in the Funhouse.” 1967. The Story and its Writer: An Introduction to Short Fiction. 6th Edition. Ed. Ann Charters. Boston: Bedford/St. Martins, 2003
Munro, Alice. “A Wilderness Station.” Open Secrets. New York: Knopf, 1994
LeGuin, Ursula. “The Ones Who Walk Away from Omelas.” 1976. The Story and its Writer: An Introduction to Short Fiction. 6th Edition. Ed. Ann Charters. Boston: Bedford/St. Martins, 2003
Lanagan, Margo. “Singing My Sister Down.” Black Juice, St Leonards, NSW: Allen & Unwin, 2004, pp 3-7
Chekhov, Anton. “The Lady with the Little Dog.” 1903. The Lady with the Little Dog and Other Stories. Trans. Ronald Wilkes. London: Penguin, 2002
Bobis, Merlinda. “White Turtle.” The Kissing. San Francisco: Aunt Lute Books, 2001
Maupassant, Guy de. “Introduction.” 1887. Pierre and Jean. Trans. Leonard Tancock. London: Penguin, 1979
O’Brien, Tim. “The Things They Carried.” 1986. The Story and its Writer: An Introduction to Short Fiction. 6th Edition. Ed. Ann Charters. Boston: Bedford/St. Martins, 2003
Cooper, Barry. “9.7 Milligrams of Heaven.” Best Australian Stories 2007. Ed Robert Drewe. Melbourne: Black Inc., 2007
Moore, Lorrie. “People Like That Are the Only People Here: Canonical Babbling in Peed Onk.” Birds of America. New York: Picador, 1998
Enright, Anne. “Until the Girl Died.” Yesterday’s Weather. New York: Grove Press, 2008
Carver, Raymond, “What we talk about when we talk about love.” Stories of Raymond Carver. London : Picador, 1985, c1983, pp. 270-281
Hartnett, Sonya. “The Colour of Success.” Australian Author. December, 2004, pp 8-12
The New Yorker, "Beginners," edited: the transformation of a Raymond Carver classic. New Yorker. New York: The New Yorker Magazine, Dec 2007
The New Yorker, “Rough crossings: the cutting of Raymond Carver.” New Yorker. New York: The New Yorker Magazine, Dec 2007
Forche, Carolyn. “The Colonel.” The Country Between Us. New York: Harper and Row, 1981 online at: http://poetrydispatch.wordpress.com/2009/09/27/carolyn-forche-the-colonel/
Collins, Billy. “Passengers.” Picnic, Lightning. Pittsburgh: University of Pittsburgh Press, 1998. Online at: http://writersalmanac.publicradio.org/index.php?date=2004/12/07
Kunitz, Stanley. “The Abduction.” 1985. The Collected Poems: Stanley Kunitz. New York: W. W. Norton, 2000 Online at: http://www.poets.org/viewmedia.php/prmMID/19249
Cronin, M.T.C. “Eating Paint.” 1999. New Music: An Anthology of Contemporary Australian Poetry. Ed. John Leonard. Wollongong: Five Islands Press, 2001.
Lea, Bronwyn. “Ars Poetica.” The Other Way Out. Sydney: Giramondo, 2008
Dobyns, Stephen. “Metaphor and the Authenticating Act of Memory.” Best Words, Best Order: Essays on Poetry. 3rd Ed. New York: Palgrave, 2003
Pollitt, Katha. “Archeology.” Antarctic Traveller. New York: Knopf, 1983
Neruda, Pablo. “Walking Around.” 1935. Residence on Earth. Trans. Donald Walsh. New York: New Directions, 1973
Howe, Marie. “The Attic.” What the Living Do. New York: W.W. Norton, 1998
Holland-Batt, Sarah. “The Art of Disappearing.” Young Poets: An Australian Anthology. Melbourne: John Leonard Press, 2011
Baudelaire, Charles. “L’Albatros.” 1857. Les Fleurs du Mal. Trans. R. Howard. London: Picador, 1987
Creeley, Robert. “I Know a Man.” The Collected Poems of Robert Creeley. Berkeley, CA: University of California Press, 1982. Online at: http://www.poetryfoundation.org/poem/171564
Kinzie, Mary. “Line and Half-Meaning.” A Poet’s Guide to Poetry. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1999
MacLeish, Archibald. “You, Andrew Marvell.” 1952. The Making of a Poem: A Norton Anthology of Poetic Forms. Ed. Mark Strand and Eavan Boland. New York: Norton, 2001
Yeats, W.B. “Leda and the Swan.” 1923. The Variorum Edition of the Poems of W.B. Yeats. Eds. Peter Allt and Russell K. Absprach. New York, MacMillan, 1957
Lawrence, C.A. “First to Go.” A Return to Poetry 2000. Sydney: Duffy and Snellgrove, 2000
Thomas, Dylan. “Do Not Go Gentle into That Good Night.” The Norton Anthology of Poetry. Ed. Allison, Barrows, Blake, Carr, Eastman and English. 3rd Ed. New York: W.W. Norton, 1983 p. 1181-2
Owen, Wilfred. “Anthem for Doomed Youth” (1917) and “Arms and the Boy” (1918). Western Wind: An Introduction to Poetry. 4th edition. J.F. Nims and D. Mason. Boston: McGraw Hill, 2000
No author. Traditional Malay Pantun. More than a Pantun: Understanding Malay Verse. Katherine Sim. Singapore: Times Books International, 1987
Moore, Marianne. “Poetry.” Observations. New York: Dial Press, 1924
Moore, Marianne. “Poetry” (2 versions). The Complete Poems. London: Faber & Faber, 1968
Voigt, Ellen Bryant. “Amaryllis.” 1987. In: Dobyns, Stephen. Best Words, Best Order: Essays on Poetry. 3rd Ed. New York: Palgrave, 2003
As per prescribed texts
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