WRIT11023 - Creative Writing 1: Fundamentals of Writing
Term 1 - 2017


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Overview

This unit has as its focus the development of basic writing techniques necessary for the creative reproduction of personal and imaginative experience. The student will investigate and practice techniques such as narrative viewpoint, characterization, dialogue and description of setting via drafting and editing creative writing pieces.

Details

Career Level Undergraduate
Unit Level Level 1
Credit Points 6
Student Contribution Band 1
Fraction of Full-Time Student Load 0.125

Attendance Requirements

All on-campus students are expected to attend scheduled classes – in some units, these classes are identified as a mandatory (pass/fail) component and attendance is compulsory. International students, on a student visa, must maintain a full time study load and meet both attendance and academic progress requirements in each study period (satisfactory attendance for International students is defined as maintaining at least an 80% attendance record).

Offerings

Term 1 - 2017
  • Distance

Website

This unit has a website, within the Moodle system, which is available two weeks before the start of term. It is important that you visit your Moodle site throughout the term. Go to Moodle

Recommended Student Time Commitment

Each 6-credit Undergraduate unit at CQUniversity requires an overall time commitment of an average of 12.5 hours of study per week, making a total of 150 hours for the unit.

Class Timetable

Assessment Overview

Assessment Task Weighting
1. Written Assessment Pass/Fail
2. Written Assessment 45%
3. Written Assessment 55%

This is a graded unit: your overall grade will be calculated from the marks or grades for each assessment task, based on the relative weightings shown in the table above. You must obtain an overall mark for the unit of at least 50%, or an overall grade of ‘pass’ in order to pass the unit. If any ‘pass/fail’ tasks are shown in the table above they must also be completed successfully (‘pass’ grade). You must also meet any minimum mark requirements specified for a particular assessment task, as detailed in the ‘assessment task’ section (note that in some instances, the minimum mark for a task may be greater than 50%). Consult the University’s Grades and Results Procedures for more details of interim results and final grades.

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Evaluation

Term 2 - 2011: The overall satisfaction for students in the last offering of this unit was 4.06 (on a 5 point Likert scale), based on a 30.19% response rate.

Feedback, Recommendations and Responses

Every unit is reviewed for enhancement each year. At the most recent review, the following staff and student feedback items were identified and recommendations were made.

Feedback Source Recommendation
Students request more compulsory writing activities Have your say feedback Due to the ratio of students to lecturers (54:1), this is difficult, and the assessment has been set. It would be possible to provide more writing space on the forums and allow students to provide peer feedback, with consultation and guidance from the lecturer.
Student requests that more prescriptive writing topics are given; and that writing exercises provided in course materials should have been made into assessment items Have your say feedback Creative writing requires imagination - prescriptive writing exercises are anathema to tertiary-level writing. There was no impediment to students choosing to use writing exercises to create their assessment writing pieces. That this is an option will be made clearer in the next iteration of the course.
Students requests novella or novel-length word limits. Have your say feedback The word limits are commensurate with the level of the students - undergraduate first and second year students. A student would need to enrol in a Masters or PhD level degree program to submit work of around 30,000 - 100,000 words.
Students request video materials Moodle feedback Investigating Camtasia and creating podcasts of lectures
More in-class writing activities Have your say feedback Will provide time in class for writing exercises and feedback - will encourage flex students to post their work online to facilitate an online writing space
More / greater contact with flex students requested Have your say feedback Measures will be taken to ensure communication with flex students is more effective in the next offering - using video and Camtasia should assist this, as well as increased presence on forums
On successful completion of this unit, you will be able to:
  1. development of your skills in literary craftsmanship
  2. development of your analytical skills through first-hand experience with problems of crafting 'imaginative' literature
  3. broadening of your understanding of the 'imaginative' writer's relationship with both society and individuals within that society through a heightened awareness of your reactions to society and the individual and the parts such reactions play in the generation of your own 'imaginative' themes.

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Learning Outcomes

Assessment Tasks Learning Outcomes
1 2 3
1 - Written Assessment
2 - Written Assessment
3 - Written Assessment

Alignment of Graduate Attributes to Learning Outcomes

  • Introductory Level
  • Intermediate Level
  • Graduate Level
Graduate Attributes Learning Outcomes
1 2 3
1. Communication
2. Problem Solving
3. Critical Thinking
4. Information Literacy
5. Team Work      
6. Information Technology Competence
7. Cross Cultural Competence      
8. Ethical practice

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Graduate Attributes

  • Introductory Level
  • Intermediate Level
  • Graduate Level
Assessment Tasks Graduate Attributes
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8
1 - Written Assessment    
2 - Written Assessment    
3 - Written Assessment      

Prescribed Textbooks

The Road to Somewhere : A Creative Writing Companion
Author/s: Graham , R Year: 2013
Edition: 2nd edn revised Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
City: London
Country: UK
View textbooks at the CQUniversity Bookshop
Note:

IT Resources

You will need access to the following IT resources:
  • CQUniversity Student Email
  • Internet
  • Unit Website (Moodle)
All submissions for this unit must use the Harvard (author-date) referencing style (details can be obtained here). For further information, see the Assessment Tasks below.
Unit CoordinatorNicole Anae (n.anae@cqu.edu.au)
Note: Check the Term-Specific section for any additional contact information provided by the teaching team
Week Begin Date Module/Topic Chapter Events and Submissions
Week 1 06-03-2017

Introduction

Armstrong, J A Writers Territory, in The road to somewhere, pp. 14 – 17

Leach, H Creativity, in The road to somewhere, pp. 18 – 27

Please note: page numbers for listed readings will varying depending on which edition of the textbook you have.

Week 2 13-03-2017

Getting Started

Leach, H Becoming a Writer, in The road to somewhere, pp. 5 – 13

Please note: page numbers for listed readings will varying depending on which edition of the textbook you have.

Proposal due.

Proposal/Pitch Due Friday (17 Mar 17) 05:00 PM AEST
Week 3 20-03-2017

The Fundamentals of Writing: Show, Don't Tell and other rules

Graham, R Immediacy: It’s Showtime, in The road to somewhere, pp. 168 - 178
Week 4 27-03-2017

Perspectives

Graham, R Narrators: Whose Story Is It Anyway?, in The road to somewhere, pp. 106 – 111

Alternatively:

Graham, R Point of view, in The road to somewhere, pp. 105 – 112

Week 5 03-04-2017

Creating Authentic Characters

Graham, R Your Travelling Companions, in The road to somewhere, pp. 113 – 122

Alternatively:

Graham, R Characterisation, in The road to somewhere, pp. 95 – 104

Vacation Week 10-04-2017
Week 6 17-04-2017

Dialogue

Singleton, John Dialogue in Prose Fiction, in The road to somewhere, pp. 156 – 166

Alternatively:

Singleton, John Dialogue, in The road to somewhere, pp. 113 – 122

Week 7 24-04-2017

Setting

Newall, H, Setting, in The road to somewhere, pp. 124 – 133

Week 8 01-05-2017

Image / Symbol / Rhythm

Leach, H 2014 Poetry for People Who Don’t Like Poetry, in The road to somewhere, pp. 204 – 208

Singleton, J Words and Images, in The road to somewhere, pp. 199 – 206

Sheppard, R & Thurston, S 2014 Poetry, in The road to somewhere, pp. 194 – 203

Week 9 08-05-2017

Plot / Suspense / Pace

Graham, R Your Vehicle: Plot, in The road to somewhere, pp. 138 – 142

Newell, H Sense of Pace (in Setting), in The road to somewhere, pp. 128

Week 10 15-05-2017

Editing and The Drafting Process

Graham R & Leach H Reflection: Looking Your Words in the Face, in The road to somewhere, pp. 80-86

Graham R Revision: Cut it Out, Put it In, in The road to somewhere, pp. 183-192

Critical Reflection Journal Due

Critical Reflection Journal Due Friday (19 May 17) 05:00 PM AEST
Week 11 22-05-2017

Genre

See Study Guide for Readings

Week 12 29-05-2017

Conclusion

See Study Guide for Readings

Final Assessable Draft due.

Final Creative Artefact Due Friday (02 Jun 17) 05:00 PM AEST
Review/Exam Week 05-06-2017
Exam Week 12-06-2017

1 Written Assessment

Assessment Title Proposal/Pitch
Task Description

Please refer to the unit moodle site for a detailed description.

Task Description: Chose one writing technique (e.g., dialogue, characterisation, setting, point of view, etc.) and one genre (either short story, a play, a suite of poems, or short creative non-fiction). Write a 500-700 word pitch for a written piece in this genre to myself as 'editor'.

Explanation: You are required to write a creative writing piece for your major assessment item. You must first identify a collaborative story writing site. This is simply 'a place to start.' Looking at the creative writing of others gives you a way of thinking about what you might like to write, and in the process, will help you to focus your creative writing. Start by investigating free collaborative story writing sites such as Inkle, Ficly, StoryMash, Twine, Novlet, FanStory, Episode, StoryWars, Protagonize, FoldingStory, StoryTimed, or FanFic (among many others) for inspiration. For instance, you might be a serious Supernatural fan and dream of writing your own storyline. If so, FanFic would definitely be an option for structuring your major piece (your creative artefact).

Depending on the site you choose, your major work could be part of a narrative thread started by someone else, a prequel or sequel woven into a story already written, a story chapter created after jumping into someone else's tale, or, an original story you have started entirely yourself. The possibilities are limited only by your imagination. It is up to you whether you actually submit your work to your chosen site. I would encourage you to do so, but submission to the collaborative writing site you have chosen is not a requirement of the unit.

The pitch/proposal is pass/fail only. This means that you are required to complete the proposal/pitch (on which you will receive feedback), but this does not contribute to the overall grade percentage. Why? Because, as you are required to develop a 500 - 700 word 'proposal/pitch' for a work (perhaps inspired by collaborative writing site of your choice such as Inkle, Ficly, StoryMash, Twine, FanFic, etc.), you must first show that you have actually identified a possible interactive/collaborative story writing site, and considered how the theme/topic/focus of your piece 'matches' that of the collaborative writing stream. Again, this will depend on whether you intend your major work to be part of a narrative thread started by someone else, a prequel or sequel woven into a story already written, or an original story you have started entirely yourself. The proposal/pitch gives you the opportunity to focus your piece toward your chosen interactive/collaborative writing platform and gives you a way to plan completing Assessment Item 2 and 3 over the course of the Term.

NOTE: Creative writing pieces submitted WITHOUT a prior pitch being received and marked may be penalised.

Assessment Due Date Week 2 Friday (17-Mar-2017) 05:00 PM AEST
he Proposal represents the student's account of what they hope to achieve with regards the creative work over the course of the Term, and so it's submission on or before the specified due date is a requirement of this course
Return Date to Students Week 4 Friday (31-Mar-2017)
Distributed to students electronically.
Weighting Pass/Fail
Assessment Criteria

Please access the unit moodle site for detailed information.

The Proposal will be evaluated according to the extent to which:

  1. the proposal evidences that it will carry-out a clearly articulated set of outcomes as regards the genre and form of the writing project (e.g., writing the first chapter of a novel, writing a short story, writing a children's book, a suite of poems, etc.);
  2. the proposal identifies the specific colloaborative writing site and the style in which the content of the creative artefact will be written (e.g.,third-person limited, intimate, or omnipotent, etc.)
  3. the proposal of the creative artefact represents an original piece of writing according to the chosen genre (e.g., horror, sci-fi, fantasy, historical romance, popular romance, crime, etc.), and is of an achievable standard shown via a week-by-week timeline indicating what is to be undertaken and when in the writing process (including milestones, e.g., benchmarks achieved leading up to Assessment 2 - First Draft, benchmarks achieved leading up to Assessment 3 - Final Draft)
  4. the proposal is presented in a flawless literary presentation, formatting and referencing (Harvard (author-date) referencing style)
  5. the proposal includes at least 5 references identified as important in ensuring that your creative artefact is informed by the literary and stylistic conventions of your chosen genre and the specified style in which the content will be written.
Referencing Style Harvard (author-date)
Submission Online

Learning Outcomes Assessed
This section can be expanded to view the assessed learning outcomes

1. development of your skills in literary craftsmanship

2. development of your analytical skills through first-hand experience with problems of crafting 'imaginative' literature

3. broadening of your understanding of the 'imaginative' writer's relationship with both society and individuals within that society through a heightened awareness of your reactions to society and the individual and the parts such reactions play in the generation of your own 'imaginative' themes.

Graduate Attributes
This section can be expanded to view the assessed graduate attributes

1. Communication

2. Problem Solving

3. Critical Thinking

4. Information Literacy

6. Information Technology Competence

8. Ethical practice



2 Written Assessment

Assessment Title Critical Reflection Journal
Task Description

Please refer to the unit moodle site for detailed information.

Critical Reflection Journal: Students are required to reflect weekly on their progress through the writing process with specific reference to their experiences using/consulting their chosen online collaborative writing site. The reflective journal must discuss in a critical way how the final written piece (the creative artefact) is being/has been shaped by the online story writing process. Again, this will depend on whether your creative artefact is/was part of a narrative thread started by someone else, a prequel or sequel woven into a story already written, or an original story you started yourself.

Students can complete their reflective journal as a blog if desired (using the weekly topic forums on the unit moodle site) or submit as a word document.

Students weekly reflections must account for the period Week 3 until Week 10 (7 weeks in total).

Each weekly reflection response is worth 6.5 marks.

Word limit: Each response should be between 200-275 words in total (references are not included in the word count).

Assessment Due Date Week 10 Friday (19-May-2017) 05:00 PM AEST
Return Date to Students Week 12 Friday (02-Jun-2017)
Distributed to students electronically.
Weighting 45%
Assessment Criteria

This assessment will be evaluated on the extent to which it demonstrates Critical Reflection:

  1. regarding the ways in which the creative work evidences a carrying-out of the clearly articulated set of outcomes as per The Pitch/Proposal including the nominated collaborative writing site and the genre and form of the creative artefact (e.g., writing the first chapter of a novel, writing a short story, writing a novella, writing a series of short stories, writing a children's book, etc.);
  2. taking into account the thematic/literary standards of the nominated collaborative writing site;
  3. engagement with the 5 references (listed in The Proposal) in ensuring that the creative artefact is informed by the literary and stylistic conventions of the chosen genre and the specified writing technique and genre nominated in the proposal;
  4. regarding the progress of the artefact according to the standards shown via the Proposal's week-by-week timeline indicating what was to be undertaken and when in the writing process (that is, the achieved milestones leading up to Assessment 3 - Final Draft)
  5. each critical reflection reflects flawless presentation, clarity of expression - including spelling and grammatical correctness using the Harvard (author-date) referencing style.
Referencing Style Harvard (author-date)
Submission Online

Learning Outcomes Assessed
This section can be expanded to view the assessed learning outcomes

1. development of your skills in literary craftsmanship

2. development of your analytical skills through first-hand experience with problems of crafting 'imaginative' literature

3. broadening of your understanding of the 'imaginative' writer's relationship with both society and individuals within that society through a heightened awareness of your reactions to society and the individual and the parts such reactions play in the generation of your own 'imaginative' themes.

Graduate Attributes
This section can be expanded to view the assessed graduate attributes

1. Communication

2. Problem Solving

3. Critical Thinking

4. Information Literacy

6. Information Technology Competence

8. Ethical practice



3 Written Assessment

Assessment Title Final Creative Artefact
Task Description

Please access the unit moodle site for detailed information and guidelines.

Students are required to complete at least one piece of writing of a publishable standard. The Final Creative Artefact is a proofread and polished piece of the creative writing artefact students have been working on over the Term. The publishable piece must be completed according to the topic proposed in Assessment One ('The Pitch'/Proposal), as negotiated with their supervisor.

The total word count is 2500 words.

The assessment item is worth 55% of the overall grade.

A copy of the Proposal/Pitch (Assessment Item 1) must be included with this assessment item (placed either at the very beginning, or on the final page/s of the Creative Artefact).

Assessment Due Date Week 12 Friday (02-Jun-2017) 05:00 PM AEST
Return Date to Students As soon as practicable after the end of the examination period.
Weighting 55%
Assessment Criteria

The Final Creative Artefact will be evaluated according to the extent to which:

  1. the final piece realises the articulated set of outcomes (The Pitch/Proposal) with respect to the genre and form of the creative artefact;
  2. the final piece incorporates all of the stipulations outlined for the creative artefact;
  3. the draft realises the elements of the chosen genre (e.g., horror, sci-fi, fantasy, historical romance, popular romance, etc.), and form (a chapter, a short story, a novella, etc), and accords with the standards shown via the Proposal's week-by-week timeline indicating what was to be undertaken and when in the writing process (that is, the achieved milestones leading up to Assessment 3 - Final Creative Artefact)
  4. the draft is presented in a flawless literary presentation, formatting and (where/if required) referencing (Harvard (author-date) referencing style)
  5. the draft shows the realisation of an original piece of writing indicating the literary and stylistic conventions of the chosen genre and the specified style in which content of this type should be written.
Referencing Style Harvard (author-date)
Submission Online

Learning Outcomes Assessed
This section can be expanded to view the assessed learning outcomes

1. development of your skills in literary craftsmanship

2. development of your analytical skills through first-hand experience with problems of crafting 'imaginative' literature

3. broadening of your understanding of the 'imaginative' writer's relationship with both society and individuals within that society through a heightened awareness of your reactions to society and the individual and the parts such reactions play in the generation of your own 'imaginative' themes.

Graduate Attributes
This section can be expanded to view the assessed graduate attributes

1. Communication

3. Critical Thinking

4. Information Literacy

6. Information Technology Competence

8. Ethical practice




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