CREATIVE NON FICTION

ENG2CNF

2018

Credit points: 15

This subject addresses La Trobe's Sustainability Thinking Essential. Sustainability Thinking entails deep appreciation of how the choices we make affects the natural, economic, social, political and cultural systems — now and in the future.

Subject outline

In this subject, students are introduced to key forms of creative nonfiction, and the techniques and tools required to write these well. We conduct interlinked experiments in writing and, importantly, reading across a wide range of forms. Students will read and interrogate many genres, including memoir, reportage and history. Students are encouraged to engage critically with ideas about nonfiction, including: the idea of the narrator and narrative voice; authenticity, objectivity and truth; the relationship between self and others, places, nature and identity; form and genre; humanness and memory; pasts and presents.

Students will engage with Sustainability Thinking through consideration of historic and contemporary writing about place, the environment and landscape, and the self in the context of place. Sustainability Thinking entails deep appreciation of how the choices we make affect the natural, economic, social, political and cultural systems - now and in the future.


SchoolSchool of Humanities & Social Sciences

Credit points15

Subject Co-ordinatorKelly Gardiner

Available to Study Abroad StudentsYes

Subject year levelYear Level 2 - UG

Exchange StudentsYes

Subject particulars

Subject rules

Prerequisites Must have completed 15 credit points of first-year English (ENG1%), Drama (DRA1%) or Creative Arts (CRA1%) or CRA1PWR or HUS1PWR or HUS1MOV or with coordinators approval.

Co-requisitesN/A

Incompatible subjects ENG2WAB, ENG3WAB

Equivalent subjectsN/A

Special conditionsN/A

Readings

Resource TypeTitleResource RequirementAuthor and YearPublisher
ReadingsVariousPrescribedVariousVarious

Graduate capabilities & intended learning outcomes

01. Demonstrate writing that uses form and structure to convey meaning

Activities:
Lectures and classroom discussions include analysis of how set texts (and students' texts) do this; students practice this in class, and submit assignments that do it.
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Literacies and Communication Skills
Literacies and Communication Skills
Inquiry and Analytical Skills
Inquiry and Analytical Skills
Inquiry and Analytical Skills
Discipline -Specific Knowledge and Skills

02. Discuss an array of ideas and theories related to memoir and creative nonfiction

Activities:
Readings and lectures and classroom discussions introduce these; students' assignments include discussion of ideas relating to autobiographical theory, creative decision-making, and forms of creative nonfiction.
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Literacies and Communication Skills
Literacies and Communication Skills
Inquiry and Analytical Skills
Inquiry and Analytical Skills
Inquiry and Analytical Skills
Personal and Professional Skills
Personal and Professional Skills
Discipline -Specific Knowledge and Skills

03. Engage critically with texts about the self, and particularly the self in relation to nature

Activities:
Lecturers model this; classroom discussion actively cultivates this skill; students' assignments include writing texts about the self and texts about texts about the self, and critiquing other students' texts
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Literacies and Communication Skills
Literacies and Communication Skills
Inquiry and Analytical Skills
Inquiry and Analytical Skills
Personal and Professional Skills
Personal and Professional Skills
Personal and Professional Skills
Personal and Professional Skills
Discipline -Specific Knowledge and Skills

04. Practice forms of creative nonfiction writing

Activities:
Set texts model this; classroom discussions and writing exercises engage with various forms and genres; students' assignments and weekly writing activities include a range of forms of creative nonfiction
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Literacies and Communication Skills
Literacies and Communication Skills
Inquiry and Analytical Skills
Inquiry and Analytical Skills
Personal and Professional Skills
Personal and Professional Skills
Personal and Professional Skills
Discipline -Specific Knowledge and Skills

05. Engage with issues in sustainability thinking and reflect on the complex interactions between individuals, communities, and the systems and environments in which we live.

Activities:
Set texts model this; lectures and classroom discussions engage with sustainability thinking; students' assignments include practicing forms of sustainable thinking and writing about the environment and nature.
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Literacies and Communication Skills
Literacies and Communication Skills
Inquiry and Analytical Skills
Inquiry and Analytical Skills
Inquiry and Analytical Skills
Personal and Professional Skills
Personal and Professional Skills
Personal and Professional Skills
Personal and Professional Skills
Discipline -Specific Knowledge and Skills

06. Demonstrate an awareness of the ethical questions and issues involved in researching and writing creative nonfiction

Activities:
Readings and lectures and classroom discussions introduce these; students' assignments include discussion of ideas relating ethical decision-making in memoir and creative nonfiction.
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Literacies and Communication Skills
Inquiry and Analytical Skills
Inquiry and Analytical Skills
Personal and Professional Skills
Personal and Professional Skills
Personal and Professional Skills
Discipline -Specific Knowledge and Skills

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Start date between: and    Key dates

Bendigo, 2018, Semester 1, Day

Overview

Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Enrolment information

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorKelly Gardiner

Class requirements

Unscheduled Online Class Week: 10 - 22
One 1.0 hours unscheduled online class per week on weekdays during the day from week 10 to week 22 and delivered via online.

Lecture Week: 10 - 22
One 1.0 hours lecture per week on weekdays during the day from week 10 to week 22 and delivered via blended.

Seminar Week: 10 - 22
One 1.0 hours seminar per week on weekdays during the day from week 10 to week 22 and delivered via blended.

Assessments

Assessment elementComments% ILO*
Assignment 1: 1500 wordsFolio of edited weekly writing activities. Detailed feedback provided on writing against set criteria including structural integrity, meaning, creativity, connection with lectures and readings, craft and technical details.40 01, 02, 03, 04, 06
Assignment 2: 2000 wordsMajor piece of creative non-fiction plus a short critical reflection on the writing and learning. In lieu of an exam, so feedback is offered via rubric against set criteria including structural integrity, meaning, creativity, connection with lectures and readings, craft and technical details. .40 01, 02, 03, 04, 05, 06
In-class workshop (equivalent to 500 words)In-class questions on set texts. Includes specific assessment on nature writing to focus on sustainability thinking.10 01, 02, 03, 05, 06
Contribute responses to weekly online writing promptsDetailed peer-to-peer feedback on weekly writing activities including structural integrity, meaning, creativity, craft and technical details.10 01, 02, 03, 04, 05, 06

Melbourne, 2018, Semester 1, Day

Overview

Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Enrolment information

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorKelly Gardiner

Class requirements

Unscheduled Online Class Week: 10 - 22
One 1.0 hours unscheduled online class per week on weekdays during the day from week 10 to week 22 and delivered via online.

Lecture Week: 10 - 22
One 1.0 hours lecture per week on weekdays during the day from week 10 to week 22 and delivered via blended.

Seminar Week: 10 - 22
One 1.0 hours seminar per week on weekdays during the day from week 10 to week 22 and delivered via blended.

Assessments

Assessment elementComments% ILO*
Assignment 1: 1500 wordsFolio of edited weekly writing activities. Detailed feedback provided on writing against set criteria including structural integrity, meaning, creativity, connection with lectures and readings, craft and technical details.40 01, 02, 03, 04, 06
Assignment 2: 2000 wordsMajor piece of creative non-fiction plus a short critical reflection on the writing and learning. In lieu of an exam, so feedback is offered via rubric against set criteria including structural integrity, meaning, creativity, connection with lectures and readings, craft and technical details. .40 01, 02, 03, 04, 05, 06
In-class workshop (equivalent to 500 words)In-class questions on set texts. Includes specific assessment on nature writing to focus on sustainability thinking.10 01, 02, 03, 05, 06
Contribute responses to weekly online writing promptsDetailed peer-to-peer feedback on weekly writing activities including structural integrity, meaning, creativity, craft and technical details.10 01, 02, 03, 04, 05, 06