ALL784 - Life Writing Now


2024 unit information

Enrolment modes: Trimester 1: Burwood (Melbourne), Online
Credit point(s): 1
EFTSL value: 0.125


Corequisite: Nil
Incompatible with: Nil
Study commitment

Students will on average spend 150-hours over the teaching period undertaking the teaching, learning and assessment activities for this unit.

This will include educator guided online learning activities within the unit site.

Scheduled learning activities - campus

1 x 2-hour weekly seminar

Scheduled learning activities - online

Online independent and collaborative learning activities including 1 x 2-hour seminar equivalent


‘Life Writing’ designates a vast literary movement that has gathered momentum and popularity in the 21st century. While creative nonfiction and personal essay proliferate across digital publishing, contemporary experiments with hybridity in auto/biography, lyric essay, autofiction, graphic memoir, and multimedia destabilise traditional ideas of authorship, allowing exploration of fluid and diverse identities and contexts.

This unit situates life writing as a central mode of contemporary discourse. By studying texts from writers such as Maggie Nelson, Alison Bechdel, Rachel Cusk and others, students will explore formal innovation, and engage in current debates about the possibilities and provocations offered by contemporary Life Writing. Exercises and assessments undertaken throughout the unit will develop skills in combining creative and critical modes of reading and writing practice.

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