• Offered by School of Literature, Languages and Linguistics
  • ANU College ANU College of Arts and Social Sciences
  • Course subject English
  • Areas of interest Drama, English, Literature
  • Academic career UGRD
  • Course convener
    • Dr Lucy Neave
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Co-taught Course
  • Offered in Second Semester 2018
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How do contemporary authors write prose, poetry and drama? And how did writers learn their craft before creative writing courses? This introductory course emphasizes writing process and revision through encouraging students to write and develop their own prose, poetry and drama, and by using writers’ manuscripts and published works as examples. The unit teaches close reading and analysis of published prose, poetry and drama as the means by which writers historically learned to write, and as a skill necessary for revising drafts. Through attentive reading of contemporary and twentieth century literature from a range of cultural perspectives, students will understand the differences between genres, the social and political sources for creative work and will develop their skills as writers of diverse and engaging texts. The course will include discussion of editing, publishing and performance.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:

Upon successful completion of this course, students will have the knowledge and skills to:

  1. Analyse and describe poetry, prose and dramatic texts in manuscript and published form, demonstrating an understanding of how literary and dramatic texts are created
  2. Write and revise creative work in at least two genres, integrating suggestions from tutorials and/or utilising analysis of published creative work to modify your own.
  3. Perform a detailed formal analysis of a published work, making a coherent argument about the relationships between context, form and content in that work.
  4. Conduct research for creative and scholarly work
  5. Find, use and cite appropriate and relevant secondary sources using an established referencing system.

Indicative Assessment

1 x Reading journal (1000 words, 15%) LO 1

1 x essay (1500 words, 35%) (LOs 1, 3, 4, 5)

1 x portfolio of creative work (2500 words, 50%) (LOs 2, 4 & 5)

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130 hours of total student learning time made up from:

a) 36 hours of contact: 24 hours of lectures and 12 hours of tutorials.

b) 94 hours of independent student research, reading and writing.

Requisite and Incompatibility

You are not able to enrol in this course if you have previously completed ENGL2076, ENGL6037 or ENGL6015.

Preliminary Reading

James Wood, How Fiction Works, New York: Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2008; Kinzie, Mary. ‘Line and Half-Meaning.’ A Poet’s Guide to Poetry. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1999




Tuition fees are for the academic year indicated at the top of the page.  

If you are a domestic graduate coursework or international student you will be required to pay tuition fees. Tuition fees are indexed annually. Further information for domestic and international students about tuition and other fees can be found at Fees.

Student Contribution Band:
Unit value:
6 units

If you are an undergraduate student and have been offered a Commonwealth supported place, your fees are set by the Australian Government for each course. At ANU 1 EFTSL is 48 units (normally 8 x 6-unit courses). You can find your student contribution amount for each course at Fees.  Where there is a unit range displayed for this course, not all unit options below may be available.

6.00 0.12500
Domestic fee paying students
Year Fee
2018 $2820
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2018 $4320
Note: Please note that fee information is for current year only.

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Second Semester

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
9773 23 Jul 2018 30 Jul 2018 31 Aug 2018 26 Oct 2018 In Person N/A

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