• Class Number 3636
  • Term Code 3430
  • Class Info
  • Unit Value 6 units
  • Mode of Delivery In Person
    • Edmario Lesi
  • Class Dates
  • Class Start Date 19/02/2024
  • Class End Date 24/05/2024
  • Census Date 05/04/2024
  • Last Date to Enrol 26/02/2024
    • Chloe Riley
SELT Survey Results

This course emphasizes writing process and revision by encouraging students to write and develop their own prose and poetry, and by using writers' manuscripts and published work 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. research, 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 critical and formal analysis of a published work, conducting research and synthesising secondary sources to make 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. analyse and reflect on their own creative work in relation to its form, the writing proces and research into published work in a similar style or genre.

Research-Led Teaching

Use of manuscripts to examine writers' practices and revision processes

Required Resources

Le, Nam. The Boat. Melbourne: Penguin/Random House, 2009 (available at Harry Hartog)

Moore, Lorrie. Birds of America. London: Faber, 2010 (Order at Harry Hartog or online; ebook version available in The Collected Stories of Lorrie Moore. London: Faber, 2008)

Ellen van Neerven, Throat. St Lucia, QLD: UQP, 2020 (available at Harry Hartog)

Staff Feedback

Students will be given feedback in the following forms in this course:
  • Written comments
  • Verbal comments
  • Feedback to the whole class, to groups, to individuals, focus groups

Student Feedback

ANU is committed to the demonstration of educational excellence and regularly seeks feedback from students. Students are encouraged to offer feedback directly to their Course Convener or through their College and Course representatives (if applicable). The feedback given in these surveys is anonymous and provides the Colleges, University Education Committee and Academic Board with opportunities to recognise excellent teaching, and opportunities for improvement. The Surveys and Evaluation website provides more information on student surveys at ANU and reports on the feedback provided on ANU courses.

Class Schedule

Week/Session Summary of Activities Assessment
1 Introduction and Course Overview
2 Writing Fiction
3 Writing Memoir Assessment 1, part 1 due (5%)
4 Genre and Setting
5 Scene, Plot and Structure
6 Character and Narrative Voice
7 Editing and Revision of Prose; Introduction to Poetry
8 Clarity versus Mystery
9 Experimenting with Rhythm and Free Verse Oral and written comments
10 Sound, Rhyme and Form Oral and written comments
11 Publishing
12 Portfolio consultations Portfolio due (50%)

Tutorial Registration

See ANU Timetabling

Assessment Summary

Assessment task Value Due Date Learning Outcomes
Draft Prose and poetry 10 % * 1
Portfolio 50 % 23/05/2024 1,2,5
Forum posts and oral comments on other students' work 15 % * 4
Essay/Unessay 25 % * 3,5

* If the Due Date and Return of Assessment date are blank, see the Assessment Tab for specific Assessment Task details


ANU has educational policies, procedures and guidelines, which are designed to ensure that staff and students are aware of the University’s academic standards, and implement them. Students are expected to have read the Academic Misconduct Rule before the commencement of their course. Other key policies and guidelines include:

Assessment Requirements

The ANU is using 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. For additional information regarding Turnitin please visit the ANU Online website Students may choose not to submit assessment items through Turnitin. In this instance you will be required to submit, alongside the assessment item itself, hard copies of all references included in the assessment item.

Moderation of Assessment

Marks that are allocated during Semester are to be considered provisional until formalised by the College examiners meeting at the end of each Semester. If appropriate, some moderation of marks might be applied prior to final results being released.


Workshops rely on the attendance and participation of all students. Therefore, students are expected to prepare for an attend all workshops. If you miss more than three workshops, you may be unable to complete the course.

Assessment Task 1

Value: 10 %
Learning Outcomes: 1

Draft Prose and poetry

Part one: submit one draft piece of prose of up to 1500 words.

Part two: submit one poem or piece of experimental text

Please see wattle for the assessment rubric.

Each piece of work is worth 5%

Assessment Task 2

Value: 50 %
Due Date: 23/05/2024
Learning Outcomes: 1,2,5


The portfolio is worth 50%.

Contents of the portfolio

  • 3 rough draft poems, and 1 draft short story or memoir
  • 3 poems revised from draft form (matching the rough draft poems) and 1 revised story or memoir, totalling no more than 4000 words in length
  • Include a brief summary (1-2 pages in total) of the changes you've made to your drafts and the rationale behind the revisions.

See wattle for assessment rubric

4000 words (this limit applies *only* to the final poems and final version of your prose piece).

Assessment Task 3

Value: 15 %
Learning Outcomes: 4

Forum posts and oral comments on other students' work

Forum posts may include:

an idea for a story or poem, or a draft piece of writing

Comments on other students' work

Your forum posts will be checked each week. All forum posts need to be submitted prior to your workshop. 10% of your grade will be determined based on the number of forum posts you have made, although individual posts will be checked for completeness and for their engagement with the task. Forum posts will not be accepted after the workshop.

Students are also expected to contribute to the discussion in the workshop. Contribution to discussion constitutes 5% of your mark.

Assessment Task 4

Value: 25 %
Learning Outcomes: 3,5


Length: 2000 words

As part of your assessment for ENGL6015, you will choose one story, work of nonfiction, or poem from the texts or from readings available on wattle and devise three questions to ask your group about it. You will also moderate the discussions for approximately 15 minutes of one workshop. Your aim is to provoke discussion, like a tutor. This will enable you to test ideas about poems and stories. It encourages you to think about how you can use published work to develop your own poetry or prose. The seminar is *not marked*. You will produce an essay/unessay about your chosen text, which is due two weeks after your seminar. You must include a bibliography. Further guidelines for the presentation and formulation of a bibliography are available on wattle.

Please see wattle for essay/unessay questions. The assessment is worth 25%.

You must conduct research for your essay/ unessay. Further guidelines for presentation and formulation of a bibliography are available via wattle.

Academic Integrity

Academic integrity is a core part of our culture as a community of scholars. At its heart, academic integrity is about behaving ethically. This means that all members of the community commit to honest and responsible scholarly practice and to upholding these values with respect and fairness. The Australian National University commits to embedding the values of academic integrity in our teaching and learning. We ensure that all members of our community understand how to engage in academic work in ways that are consistent with, and actively support academic integrity. The ANU expects staff and students to uphold high standards of academic integrity and act ethically and honestly, to ensure the quality and value of the qualification that you will graduate with. The University has policies and procedures in place to promote academic integrity and manage academic misconduct. Visit the following Academic honesty & plagiarism website for more information about academic integrity and what the ANU considers academic misconduct. The ANU offers a number of services to assist students with their assignments, examinations, and other learning activities. The Academic Skills and Learning Centre offers a number of workshops and seminars that you may find useful for your studies.

Online Submission

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.

Hardcopy Submission

For some forms of assessment (hand written assignments, art works, laboratory notes, etc.) hard copy submission is appropriate when approved by the Associate Dean (Education). Hard copy submissions must utilise the Assignment Cover Sheet. Please keep a copy of tasks completed for your records.

Late Submission

No submission of assessment tasks without an extension after the due date will be permitted. If an assessment task is not submitted by the due date, a mark of 0 will be awarded. OR Late submission of assessment tasks without an extension are penalised at the rate of 5% of the possible marks available per working day or part thereof. Late submission of assessment tasks is not accepted after 10 working days after the due date, or on or after the date specified in the course outline for the return of the assessment item. Late submission is not accepted for take-home examinations.

Referencing Requirements

Accepted academic practice for referencing sources that you use in presentations can be found via the links on the Wattle site, under the file named “ANU and College Policies, Program Information, Student Support Services and Assessment”. Alternatively, you can seek help through the Students Learning Development website.

Returning Assignments

Assignments will be returned via Turnitin.

Extensions and Penalties

Extensions and late submission of assessment pieces are covered by the Student Assessment (Coursework) Policy and Procedure The Course Convener may grant extensions for assessment pieces that are not examinations or take-home examinations. If you need an extension, you must request an extension in writing on or before the due date. If you have documented and appropriate medical evidence that demonstrates you were not able to request an extension on or before the due date, you may be able to request it after the due date.

Resubmission of Assignments

Assessment One may be re-submitted under some circumstances. See wattle for details.

Privacy Notice

The ANU has made a number of third party, online, databases available for students to use. Use of each online database is conditional on student end users first agreeing to the database licensor’s terms of service and/or privacy policy. Students should read these carefully. In some cases student end users will be required to register an account with the database licensor and submit personal information, including their: first name; last name; ANU email address; and other information. In cases where student end users are asked to submit ‘content’ to a database, such as an assignment or short answers, the database licensor may only use the student’s ‘content’ in accordance with the terms of service — including any (copyright) licence the student grants to the database licensor. Any personal information or content a student submits may be stored by the licensor, potentially offshore, and will be used to process the database service in accordance with the licensors terms of service and/or privacy policy. If any student chooses not to agree to the database licensor’s terms of service or privacy policy, the student will not be able to access and use the database. In these circumstances students should contact their lecturer to enquire about alternative arrangements that are available.

Distribution of grades policy

Academic Quality Assurance Committee monitors the performance of students, including attrition, further study and employment rates and grade distribution, and College reports on quality assurance processes for assessment activities, including alignment with national and international disciplinary and interdisciplinary standards, as well as qualification type learning outcomes. Since first semester 1994, ANU uses a grading scale for all courses. This grading scale is used by all academic areas of the University.

Support for students

The University offers students support through several different services. You may contact the services listed below directly or seek advice from your Course Convener, Student Administrators, or your College and Course representatives (if applicable).
Edmario Lesi

Research Interests

Fiction writing; Contemporary literature

Edmario Lesi

By Appointment
Chloe Riley

Research Interests

Chloe Riley

By Appointment

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