ALW395 - Writing Lives: Emerging Forms and Contemporary Practices


2023 unit information

Enrolment modes: Trimester 1: Burwood (Melbourne), Waurn Ponds (Geelong), Online
Credit point(s): 1
EFTSL value: 0.125
Cohort rule:



Two level 2 ALL or ALW units



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Study commitment

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

Scheduled learning activities - campus

1 x 1-hour class per week for 6-weeks, 1 x 2-hour seminar per week for 11-weeks

Scheduled learning activities - cloud (online)

1-hour class per week for 6-weeks, online independent and collaborative learning activities including 1 x 2-hour seminar per week or equivalent


This unit will allow students to draw on lives (their own and others) in order to provoke writing works of a broad kind. With a reflection on existing and traditional modes of life writing, it will challenge students to engage with emergent forms of memoir, biography, fragmentary work, micro-memoir, digital modes and performance practice. The unit encourages experimentation and honing of writing craft in this long-standing and adaptable genre, alongside ethical considerations and composition strategies relevant and useful for writing lives of all kinds.

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