Not currently offered

Credit points: 15

Subject outline

In this subject, you study professional and creative writers in action by participating in a regional writers festival and undertaking project-based learning. There are three phases within this subject: the pre-event phase where you are introduced to key concepts, topics and skills. You are supported in devising your project and preparing to engage with the writers festival and guest writers. You will have an immersion experience where you attend the festival with a specific program of activities in mind to support your project. Post-event you complete your project using the information and experience gained through the event. This block mode subject occurs over 5 days, including attendance at the writers festival (including a weekend). Festival dates and sites change from year to year, so students should consult with the subject coordinator and check the Handbook for further updates.

SchoolHumanities and Social Sciences

Credit points15

Subject Co-ordinatorKelly Gardiner

Available to Study Abroad/Exchange StudentsYes

Subject year levelYear Level 3 - UG

Available as ElectiveYes

Learning ActivitiesPrepare and conduct an interview with a guest writer, a sponsor, an organiser or other relevant festival affiliate. Edit and produce the interview. Produce a portfolio of writing relating to an aspect of the festival and suitable for online or print publication. Choose a writer featured at the festival and prepare an essay on an aspect of their work. Research an issue/topic that will feature in the program and write an essay that discusses the contribution of festival authors to that topic.

Capstone subjectNo

Subject particulars

Subject rules



Incompatible subjectsSTC3WIA

Equivalent subjectsN/A

Quota Management StrategyEnrolment accepted until quota reached

Quota-conditions or rulesFirst enrolled - maximum enrolments 25 regardless of campus

Special conditionsThis subject is available for students enrolled at all campuses, and the festivals involved are normally those held in regional centres where the university has a presence, such as Bendigo or Mildura. In some years the subject is run twice, so students can choose which instance they attend. Students' travel to/from and accommodation in the festival site (for example Mildura or Bendigo) is at the student's own cost.

Minimum credit point requirementN/A

Assumed knowledgeN/A

Learning resources

Students will read works by the writers involved in the festival

Resource TypeOther resource

Resource RequirementPrescribed

AuthorDependent on festival programming





Chapter/article titleN/A



Other descriptionN/A

Source locationN/A

Career Ready


Work-based learningNo

Self sourced or Uni sourcedN/A

Entire subject or partial subjectN/A

Total hours/days requiredN/A

Location of WBL activity (region)N/A

WBL addtional requirementsN/A

Graduate capabilities & intended learning outcomes

Graduate Capabilities

COMMUNICATION - Communicating and Influencing
INQUIRY AND ANALYSIS - Creativity and Innovation
INQUIRY AND ANALYSIS - Critical Thinking and Problem Solving
INQUIRY AND ANALYSIS - Research and Evidence-Based Inquiry
PERSONAL AND PROFESSIONAL - Adaptability and Self-Management
PERSONAL AND PROFESSIONAL - Ethical and Social Responsibility
PERSONAL AND PROFESSIONAL - Leadership and Teamwork

Intended Learning Outcomes

01. Apply and communicate a broad range of conceptual and discipline-specific knowledge relating to the form and content of a specific festival event.
02. Critically evaluate and apply a range of styles and genres appropriate to different audiences and particular publications.
03. Critically research a relevant topic, using fieldwork, library and online resources effectively in the service of a self-directed project

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