CREATIVE NON FICTION

ENG2CNF

2020

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 60 credit points of level 1 subjects.

Co-requisitesN/A

Incompatible subjects ENG2WAB, ENG3WAB

Equivalent subjectsN/A

Special conditionsN/A

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 (Writing,Quantitative Literacy,Cultural Literacy)
Literacies and Communication Skills (Writing,Quantitative Literacy,Cultural Literacy)
Inquiry and Analytical Skills (Critical Thinking,Creative Problem-solving,Inquiry/Research)
Inquiry and Analytical Skills (Critical Thinking,Creative Problem-solving,Inquiry/Research)
Inquiry and Analytical Skills (Critical Thinking,Creative Problem-solving,Inquiry/Research)
Discipline -Specific Knowledge and 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 and ethical decision-making, and forms of creative nonfiction.
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Discipline -Specific Knowledge and Skills (Discipline-Specific Knowledge and Skills)
Personal and Professional Skills (Autonomy and independence,Ethical behaviour,Adaptability Skills,Study and Learning Skills)
Personal and Professional Skills (Autonomy and independence,Ethical behaviour,Adaptability Skills,Study and Learning Skills)
Inquiry and Analytical Skills (Critical Thinking,Creative Problem-solving,Inquiry/Research)
Inquiry and Analytical Skills (Critical Thinking,Creative Problem-solving,Inquiry/Research)
Inquiry and Analytical Skills (Critical Thinking,Creative Problem-solving,Inquiry/Research)
Literacies and Communication Skills (Writing,Quantitative Literacy,Cultural Literacy)
Literacies and Communication Skills (Writing,Quantitative Literacy,Cultural Literacy)

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 (Writing,Quantitative Literacy,Cultural Literacy)
Literacies and Communication Skills (Writing,Quantitative Literacy,Cultural Literacy)
Inquiry and Analytical Skills (Critical Thinking,Creative Problem-solving,Inquiry/Research)
Inquiry and Analytical Skills (Critical Thinking,Creative Problem-solving,Inquiry/Research)
Personal and Professional Skills (Autonomy and independence,Ethical behaviour,Adaptability Skills,Study and Learning Skills)
Personal and Professional Skills (Autonomy and independence,Ethical behaviour,Adaptability Skills,Study and Learning Skills)
Personal and Professional Skills (Autonomy and independence,Ethical behaviour,Adaptability Skills,Study and Learning Skills)
Personal and Professional Skills (Autonomy and independence,Ethical behaviour,Adaptability Skills,Study and Learning Skills)
Discipline -Specific Knowledge and 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:
Discipline -Specific Knowledge and Skills (Discipline-Specific Knowledge and Skills)
Personal and Professional Skills (Autonomy and independence,Ethical behaviour,Adaptability Skills,Study and Learning Skills)
Personal and Professional Skills (Autonomy and independence,Ethical behaviour,Adaptability Skills,Study and Learning Skills)
Personal and Professional Skills (Autonomy and independence,Ethical behaviour,Adaptability Skills,Study and Learning Skills)
Inquiry and Analytical Skills (Critical Thinking,Creative Problem-solving,Inquiry/Research)
Inquiry and Analytical Skills (Critical Thinking,Creative Problem-solving,Inquiry/Research)
Literacies and Communication Skills (Writing,Quantitative Literacy,Cultural Literacy)
Literacies and Communication Skills (Writing,Quantitative Literacy,Cultural Literacy)

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 (Writing,Quantitative Literacy,Cultural Literacy)
Literacies and Communication Skills (Writing,Quantitative Literacy,Cultural Literacy)
Inquiry and Analytical Skills (Critical Thinking,Creative Problem-solving,Inquiry/Research)
Inquiry and Analytical Skills (Critical Thinking,Creative Problem-solving,Inquiry/Research)
Inquiry and Analytical Skills (Critical Thinking,Creative Problem-solving,Inquiry/Research)
Personal and Professional Skills (Autonomy and independence,Ethical behaviour,Adaptability Skills,Study and Learning Skills)
Personal and Professional Skills (Autonomy and independence,Ethical behaviour,Adaptability Skills,Study and Learning Skills)
Personal and Professional Skills (Autonomy and independence,Ethical behaviour,Adaptability Skills,Study and Learning Skills)
Personal and Professional Skills (Autonomy and independence,Ethical behaviour,Adaptability Skills,Study and Learning Skills)
Discipline -Specific Knowledge and Skills (Discipline-Specific Knowledge and Skills)

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Albury-Wodonga, 2020, Semester 1, Blended

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.

Tutorial Week: 10 - 22
One 2.0 hours tutorial per week on weekdays during the day from week 10 to week 22 and delivered via blended.

Assessments

Assessment elementComments% ILO*
Assignment 1: 1500 words. Folio of edited weekly writing activities. Detailed feedback provided.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
Assignment 2: 2000 words. Major piece of creative non-fiction plus a short critical reflection.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
In-class quiz (equivalent to 500 words)Three in-class questions on set texts.10 01, 02, 03, 05
Contribute responses to weekly online writing prompts (500 words equivalent)Respond to weekly prompts and support others with detailed peer-to-peer feedback on weekly writing activities including structural integrity, meaning, creativity, craft and technical details. Includes specific prompts and activities on nature writing to focus on sustainability thinking.10 01, 02, 03, 04, 05

Bendigo, 2020, Semester 1, Blended

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.

Tutorial Week: 10 - 22
One 2.0 hours tutorial per week on weekdays during the day from week 10 to week 22 and delivered via blended.

Assessments

Assessment elementComments% ILO*
Assignment 1: 1500 words. Folio of edited weekly writing activities. Detailed feedback provided.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
Assignment 2: 2000 words. Major piece of creative non-fiction plus a short critical reflection.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
In-class quiz (equivalent to 500 words)Three in-class questions on set texts.10 01, 02, 03, 05
Contribute responses to weekly online writing prompts (500 words equivalent)Respond to weekly prompts and support others with detailed peer-to-peer feedback on weekly writing activities including structural integrity, meaning, creativity, craft and technical details. Includes specific prompts and activities on nature writing to focus on sustainability thinking.10 01, 02, 03, 04, 05

Melbourne, 2020, Semester 1, Blended

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 2.0 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 words. Folio of edited weekly writing activities. Detailed feedback provided.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
Assignment 2: 2000 words. Major piece of creative non-fiction plus a short critical reflection.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
In-class quiz (equivalent to 500 words)Three in-class questions on set texts.10 01, 02, 03, 05
Contribute responses to weekly online writing prompts (500 words equivalent)Respond to weekly prompts and support others with detailed peer-to-peer feedback on weekly writing activities including structural integrity, meaning, creativity, craft and technical details. Includes specific prompts and activities on nature writing to focus on sustainability thinking.10 01, 02, 03, 04, 05

Mildura, 2020, Semester 1, Blended

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.

Tutorial Week: 10 - 22
One 2.0 hours tutorial per week on weekdays during the day from week 10 to week 22 and delivered via blended.

Assessments

Assessment elementComments% ILO*
Assignment 1: 1500 words. Folio of edited weekly writing activities. Detailed feedback provided.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
Assignment 2: 2000 words. Major piece of creative non-fiction plus a short critical reflection.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
In-class quiz (equivalent to 500 words)Three in-class questions on set texts.10 01, 02, 03, 05
Contribute responses to weekly online writing prompts (500 words equivalent)Respond to weekly prompts and support others with detailed peer-to-peer feedback on weekly writing activities including structural integrity, meaning, creativity, craft and technical details. Includes specific prompts and activities on nature writing to focus on sustainability thinking.10 01, 02, 03, 04, 05

Shepparton, 2020, Semester 1, Blended

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.

Tutorial Week: 10 - 22
One 2.0 hours tutorial per week on weekdays during the day from week 10 to week 22 and delivered via blended.

Assessments

Assessment elementComments% ILO*
Assignment 1: 1500 words. Folio of edited weekly writing activities. Detailed feedback provided.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
Assignment 2: 2000 words. Major piece of creative non-fiction plus a short critical reflection.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
In-class quiz (equivalent to 500 words)Three in-class questions on set texts.10 01, 02, 03, 05
Contribute responses to weekly online writing prompts (500 words equivalent)Respond to weekly prompts and support others with detailed peer-to-peer feedback on weekly writing activities including structural integrity, meaning, creativity, craft and technical details. Includes specific prompts and activities on nature writing to focus on sustainability thinking.10 01, 02, 03, 04, 05