Bachelor of Arts

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Professional and Creative Writing - unit set code MJ-A000062

Burwood (Melbourne), Waurn Ponds (Geelong)

This major sequence aims to provide the qualities and attributes that will enable you to work both in specialised fields, and across professional boundaries.

Initially you will undertake various forms of constructive, descriptive and narrative writing, progressing to choices from editing, creative non-fiction and script writing as well as the traditional genres of poetry and fiction writing. The final level's focus is on exploring individual writing styles, greater experimentation, and working collaboratively on an edited collection suitable for publication.

You will develop broadly based skills in the processes of writing and revision, and gain expertise and practical experience across a range of genres, styles and professional environments. In all writing and editing units, the emphasis is on working towards industry standards appropriate for publication and the writing/editing industry.

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 pieces of creative written work 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 or Trimester 3

ALW101Writing Craft

Trimester 2

ALW102Writing 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

ALW223Creative Nonfiction: the Personal Essay


Trimester 1 or Trimester 2

ALW225Fiction Writing: Story, Structure and Starting Out *

ALW227Script Writing: Focus On Fiction **

*ALW225 offered at Waurn Ponds (Geelong) in trimester 1 and Burwood (Melbourne) in trimester 2.

**ALW227 offered at Burwood (Melbourne) in trimester 1 and Waurn Ponds (Geelong) in trimester 2.


Trimester 2

ALW205Editing and the Author


Level 3

Trimester 1

ALW393Editing Collaborations: Producing An Anthology

ALW395Experimental Poetics


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

Trimester 1 or Trimester 2

ALW117Professional Writing for Work

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