HUMT20014 - Creative Non-Fiction: true stories told well

General Information

Unit Synopsis

You will be introduced to the practice and craft of Creative Nonfiction – an emerging genre that offers writers the opportunity to incorporate literary devices such as description, dialogue and scenes into their writing. You will be introduced to the work of creative nonfiction luminaries such as Joan Didion, Truman Capote and Helen Garner. You will develop your skills with practical writing activities in a range of subgenres including the memoir, the personal essay, the portrait, the essay of place, review writing and narrative journalism.

Details

Level Postgraduate
Unit Level 9
Credit Points 6
Student Contribution Band SCA Band 4
Fraction of Full-Time Student Load 0.125
Pre-requisites or Co-requisites

Prerequisites:

HUMT20012 Elements of Creative Writing I

HUMT20013 Elements of Creative Writing II

Important note: Students enrolled in a subsequent unit who failed their pre-requisite unit, should drop the subsequent unit before the census date or within 10 working days of Fail grade notification. Students who do not drop the unit in this timeframe cannot later drop the unit without academic and financial liability. See details in the Assessment Policy and Procedure (Higher Education Coursework).

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Unit Availabilities from Term 1 - 2021

Term 1 - 2021 Profile
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Term 1 - 2022 Profile
Online

Attendance Requirements

All on-campus students are expected to attend scheduled classes – in some units, these classes are identified as a mandatory (pass/fail) component and attendance is compulsory. International students, on a student visa, must maintain a full time study load and meet both attendance and academic progress requirements in each study period (satisfactory attendance for International students is defined as maintaining at least an 80% attendance record).

Assessment Overview

Recommended Student Time Commitment

Each 6-credit Postgraduate unit at CQUniversity requires an overall time commitment of an average of 12.5 hours of study per week, making a total of 150 hours for the unit.

Assessment Tasks

Assessment Task Weighting
1. Written Assessment 0%
2. Written Assessment 55%
3. Written Assessment 45%

This is a graded unit: your overall grade will be calculated from the marks or grades for each assessment task, based on the relative weightings shown in the table above. You must obtain an overall mark for the unit of at least 50%, or an overall grade of ‘pass’ in order to pass the unit. If any ‘pass/fail’ tasks are shown in the table above they must also be completed successfully (‘pass’ grade). You must also meet any minimum mark requirements specified for a particular assessment task, as detailed in the ‘assessment task’ section (note that in some instances, the minimum mark for a task may be greater than 50%).

Consult the University’s Grades and Results Policy for more details of interim results and final grades

Past Exams

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Previous Feedback

Term 1 - 2020 : The overall satisfaction for students in the last offering of this course was 4.5 (on a 5 point Likert scale), based on a 28.57% response rate.

Feedback, Recommendations and Responses

Every unit is reviewed for enhancement each year. At the most recent review, the following staff and student feedback items were identified and recommendations were made.

Source: Unit Evaluation
Feedback
I found the forum participation and workshop component of the unit very useful, with the final workshop on our CNF artefacts pointing out a number of areas that could be improved. I took the advice and reworked the troublesome sections of the artefact. This resulted in a stronger final piece that I was very happy with.
Recommendation
The UC maintains a commitment to supporting and encouraging student engagement using Zoom sessions in providing a platform for collaborative feedback and peer interaction in the practice of creative writing.
Action Taken
The UC has maintained a commitment to scheduling a number of workshops using Zoom sessions throughout the unit.
Source: Unit Evaluation
Feedback
It would be better if the assessment - say the journal piece - included the writing of a short piece in the genre for the week. Rather than reflecting on the style, we could write in the style as evidence of our understanding. This would increase student engagement and sharing of writing, which is still difficult for some of us. The reflective journal in its current form was of little value to me, personally.
Recommendation
The UC takes the student's point, but this suggestion would effectively comprise the aim of the Critical Reflection Journal. Additionally, opportunities to write short pieces in the genre for the week are already available in this unit (via the Writing Room forum, and, the dedicated Weekly Discussion forums). The aim of the Critical Reflection is for students to reflect objectively and in an informed way on their writing practice (which is different to writing a piece in a particular creative writing genre). The purpose of the Critical Reflection Journal is to provide students with the groundwork for writing an exegesis; a genre of critical writing focused on the literary processes of producing/creating a 'creative artefact.' An exegesis is the result of extensive research into the various aspects of the creative writing project: the characteristics of the genre, the theoretical and literary influence of the context and the shaping elements in a literary work of art. In this sense, a Critical Reflection Journal offers students the precursor experience of writing an Exegesis.
Action Taken
Action was taken to better explain and validate the purpose of this assessment item (via clarifying the Unit moodle Assessment item description page).
Source: Forum post
Feedback
I am also grateful to Nicole and my peers for an excellent semester, looking forward to the next one.
Recommendation
The unit structure was well received. The unit coordinator will maintain the current unit structure.
Action Taken
Nil.
Source: Forum post
Feedback
Thank you very much Nicole and everyone else for a great semester and some fascinating insights to all your lives through your memoirs and essays. A really great unit.
Recommendation
The unit coordinator will engage in continuous improvement to maintain high student satisfaction.
Action Taken
Nil.
Unit learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, you will be able to:

  1. Craft an industry standard ‘pitch’ to an editor
  2. Analyse the craft of creative nonfiction through a weekly reflective journal
  3. Research, draft and write a sustained piece of creative nonfiction writing

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Learning Outcomes
Assessment Tasks Learning Outcomes
1 2 3
1 - Written Assessment
2 - Written Assessment
3 - Written Assessment
Alignment of Graduate Attributes to Learning Outcomes
Advanced Level
Professional Level
Graduate Attributes Learning Outcomes
1 2 3
1 - Knowledge
2 - Communication
3 - Cognitive, technical and creative skills
4 - Research
5 - Self-management
Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Graduate Attributes
Advanced Level
Professional Level
Assessment Tasks Graduate Attributes
1 2 3 4 5 6 7
1 - Written Assessment
2 - Written Assessment
3 - Written Assessment