• 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

This course emphasizes writing process and revision through encouraging students to write and develop their own prose and poetry, and by using writers’ manuscripts and published works as examples. It teaches close reading and analysis of published prose and poetry as the means by which writers historically learned to write, and as a skill necessary for revising drafts. By 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 and publishing.

Learning Outcomes

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

  1. create poems and prose pieces in different forms and styles;
  2. experiment with and revise creative work, integrating suggestions from workshops and/or utilising analysis of published creative work to make modifications to their own writing;
  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. describe, analyse and make editorial suggestions for peers' poetry and prose; and
  5. reflect on their own creative work in relation to its formal qualities, the writing process and published work in a similar style or genre.

Indicative Assessment

  1. Written and oral comments on other students' writing (10 short written comments; oral responses in all workshops) (15) [LO 4]
  2. 1 essay of 1500 - 2000 words (25) [LO 3,5]
  3. 1 x portfolio of creative work of 2500 - 3500 words (60) [LO 1,2,5]

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130 hours of total student learning time made up from:

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

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

Inherent Requirements

Not applicable

Requisite and Incompatibility

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

Prescribed Texts

Weekly readings available via wattle.

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

Garner, Helen. ‘I’. Meanjin. 61.1 (2002): 40-43 

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

Joyce, James. “Araby.” 1914. The Story and its Writer: An Introduction to Short Fiction. 6th Edition. Ed. Ann Charters. Boston: Bedford/St. Martins, 2003

Syjuco, Miguel. 'Leaves in the Rain: Redux (Now with writer's commentary and bonus material.' Asian Literary Review (2008): 75-86

Beudel, Saskia. 'Walking: West MacDonnell Ranges 2002.' Heat 10 (2005): 7-25

Lanagan, Margo. “Singing My Sister Down.” Black Juice, St Leonards, NSW: Allen & Unwin, 2004, pp 3-7

Munro, Alice. “A Wilderness Station.” Open Secrets. New York: Knopf, 1994

Bobis, Merlinda. “White Turtle.” The Kissing. San Francisco: Aunt Lute Books, 2001

Chekhov, Anton. “The Lady with the Little Dog.” 1903. The Lady with the Little Dog and Other Stories. Trans. Ronald Wilkes. London: Penguin, 2002

Maupassant, Guy de. “Introduction.” 1887. Pierre and Jean. Trans. Leonard Tancock. London: Penguin, 1979

Cooper, Barry. “9.7 Milligrams of Heaven.” Best Australian Stories 2007. Ed Robert Drewe. Melbourne: Black Inc., 2007

Assumed Knowledge

First year English units, especially ENGL1014: Close Encounters: How to Read Literature.




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Student Contribution Band:
Unit value:
6 units

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6.00 0.12500
Domestic fee paying students
Year Fee
2019 $3000
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2019 $4560
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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
9199 27 Jul 2020 03 Aug 2020 31 Aug 2020 30 Oct 2020 In Person View

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