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ALW223 - Creative Nonfiction: the Personal Essay

Unit details

Year2016 unit information
Enrolment modes:Trimester 1: Burwood (Melbourne), Waurn Ponds (Geelong)
Credit point(s):1
EFTSL value:0.125
Unit chair:

Robin Freeman

Prerequisite:ALW101 and ALW102

This unit is only available to students enrolled in Faculty of Arts and Education courses and D311, D312, D313, D326, D346, D347, D370, D391

Incompatible with: ALW323, ALW306
Contact hours:

1 x 2 hour Seminar per week


This is a unit of reading and writing creative nonfiction, which explores the personal essay as a form of nonfiction narrative. The unit focuses on reading and analysis of creative nonfiction models, on their breadth and depth and the uses to which writers put the form. Students are encouraged to experiment with structure, style and voice and to target specific readerships when writing their own nonfiction narratives.


Manuscript 1 (1000 words) 30%

Manuscript 2 (2000 words) 50%

Engagement with feedback (1000 word equivalent) 20%

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