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ALW740 - Foundations in Professional and Creative Writing

Unit details

Year2018 unit information
Enrolment modes:Trimester 1: Burwood (Melbourne), Cloud (online)
Trimester 2: Burwood (Melbourne), Cloud (online)
Credit point(s):1
EFTSL value:0.125
Unit chair:

Indigo Perry





Incompatible with:


Contact hours:

Campus: 1 x 2 hour Seminar per week

Cloud (online): Learning experiences are via CloudDeakin


This project-based unit introduces students to the foundations of Professional and Creative Writing through a combination of historical, conceptual and practical approaches to creativity, craft, form, theory, editing and publication. In-depth knowledge in each of these domains, combined with the capacity to see the connections between them, will equip students to maximise their own writing abilities through the medium of innovative contributions to local, national and international writing industries. Writers must be both professional and creative to thrive in a knowledge economy in which the figure of the Specialist Writer has largely been replaced with that of the Portfolio Writer. Thus, this unit will provide students with the skills, insights and vocabularies they need to be able to operate professionally and creatively across a range of writing forms, tasks and platforms. Layered into this aspect of learning will be close attention to the challenges and opportunities that globalization brings for the twenty-first century writer, in particular as these relate to the changing nature of solo and collaborative writing projects, to the challenge of catering to cross-cultural audiences, and to strategic choices for traditional and/or digital modes of writing dissemination. The unit will mainly focus on the production, development and editing of short prose.


Writing Project Part A (2000 words) 40%

Writing Project Part B (3000 words) 60%

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