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MECO6945: Creative Non-Fiction Workshop

This unit of study introduces students to the principles and practices of creative non-fiction, also known as literary journalism. This broad genre includes travel, memoir, biography, essays, true crime, historical, medical or investigative narratives. The unit provides a scholarly framework to creative nonfiction and the work of writers such as essayists and literary journalists. In addition to the content provided by the coordinators, and in-class writing exercises, three major contemporary nonfiction writers take participants through the process of composition of their recent works.

Code MECO6945
Academic unit Media and Communications
Credit points 6

At the completion of this unit, you should be able to:

  • LO1. Demonstrate a sound understanding of the genre of creative nonfiction, also known as literary or narrative journalism
  • LO2. Illustrate familiarity with major works of practitioners in Australia and internationally
  • LO3. Acquire a broad historical overview of the genre in Australia and internationally
  • LO4. Exercise critical judgement and analysis in relation to these works
  • LO5. Demonstrate competencies in reporting and research as well as narrative techniques, including an understanding of writing for screen or page
  • LO6. Demonstrate the ability to make creative use of language while respecting and adhering to the factual basis of the material, and paying attention to the ethical implications of the research process
  • LO7. Demonstrate an understanding of and sensitivity to the grey area between fact and fiction when using narrative techniques to relate factual events
  • LO8. Demonstrate an awareness and understanding of audience in the writing and an ability to target material to appropriate publishing markets or communities of readers
  • LO9. Understand the ethical implications of reporting and research for creative nonfiction writing
  • LO10. Confidently engage in sophisticated critical discussions with authors and other students regarding the processes of writing creative nonfiction and offer constructive editorial feedback during peer review

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