• 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 First Semester 2024
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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 un-lectures and 24 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, ENGL1015 or ENGL6015.

Prescribed Texts

Nam Le, The Boat (Penguin, 2009)

Lorrie Moore, Birds of America (Faber, 2010)

Ellen van Neerven, Throat (UQP, 2020)

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 

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

Assumed Knowledge

First year English units: ENGL1014: Close Encounters: How to Read Literature; or, ENGL1100 Secrets and Lies: Literature and the Self; or, ENGL1200 Imagined Worlds.


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

Commonwealth Support (CSP) Students
If you 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). More information about your student contribution amount for each course at Fees

Student Contribution Band:
Unit value:
6 units

If you are a domestic graduate coursework student with a Domestic Tuition Fee (DTF) place or international student you will be required to pay course tuition fees (see below). Course tuition fees are indexed annually. Further information for domestic and international students about tuition and other fees can be found 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
2024 $3780
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2024 $5280
Note: Please note that fee information is for current year only.

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First Semester

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
3633 19 Feb 2024 26 Feb 2024 05 Apr 2024 24 May 2024 In Person View

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