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Unit details

ALW736 - Poetics of Writing A

Enrolment modes:Trimester 1: Burwood (Melbourne), Cloud (online)
EFTSL value:0.125
Unit chair:M Campbell
Prerequisite:

Nil

Corequisite:

Nil

Incompatible with: ALW604, ALW636

Note:

Online teaching methods require internet access. You will need to access substantial learning resources and experiences in CloudDeakin (Deakin’s online learning environment). Compliance with the Standards in computing, connectivity and student capability are a condition on your enrolment.

Content

Introduction to the methods and concepts underlying the poetic nature of strong writing in both poems and prose form. Students will read, discuss and demonstrate the use of devices such as metaphor, diction, narrative variety, voice and dialogue in poems, prose poems, fiction and non-fiction works. The unit will explore how writers combine these poetic devices into a flexible practice across genre and then students will develop a folio of original work in their chosen combination of such practices. Emphasis will also be placed on each student writing towards a personal poetic. Students will also become acquainted with performance methods and publication.

Assessment

Original poetry/prose equivalent to 3000 words 60%, review/essay 500 words 10%, journal notes towards a poetic 1000 words 20% and class/online participation 10%

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