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Professional and Creative Writing - unit set code MJ-A000062

Burwood (Melbourne), Waurn Ponds (Geelong)


This major sequence provides students with the qualities and attributes that will enable them to work in specialised creative writing fields, and also transfer writing/editing skills across relevant work environments. Initially, studies focus on the craft of creative writing and redrafting, with research and analysis of a specific writing project. At the second level, students will research, develop and workshop materials to final draft in a range of forms selected from fiction, creative nonfiction, scriptwriting, poetry, professional writing and editing.  At the final level, students will work at a greater depth on two writing/editing projects. The writing major sequence is intensive, and incorporates participation in peer semiars. Readings are integral and provide theoretical and practical studies of models of writing at all levels. In all writing and editing units, the emphasis is on publication and/or the achievement of professional standards.


On successful completion of the Professional and Creative Writing major sequence, students should have the following skills:

  • an ability to identify, research, write and redraft stories in appropriate formats for print and/or online publication and/or performance
  • an ability to analyse the techniques, craft and associated critical and creative issues in writing/editing
  • the capacity to engage with peer and industry, and professional networks.

Level 1


Trimester 1

ALW101 Writing Craft  


Trimester 2

ALW102 Writing Spaces  


Select 6 credit points, including at least 2 credit points at level 2 and 2 credit points at level 3 from the following:


Level 2


Trimester 1

ALW225 Fiction Writing: Story, Structure and Starting Out  

ALW223 Creative Nonfiction: the Personal Essay  

ALW240 Poetry: Making It Strange  


Trimester 2

ALW205 Editing and the Author  

ALW227 Script Writing: Focus On Fiction  


Level 3


Trimester 1

ALW393 Editing Collaborations: Producing An Anthology  


Trimester 2

ALW394 Creative Research Project  


The following writing-related elective may be taken in addition to the prescribed major sequence:


Trimester 1 or Trimester 2

ALW117 Professional Writing for Work  

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