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EL2014 - Creative Nonfiction

[Offered in odd-numbered years]

Credit points: 3
Year: 2021
Student Contribution Band: Band 1
Administered by: College of Arts, Society & Education

What forms of media and texts do people use to write about themselves and their lives? How do we read stories that are based on real events and real people? This subject offers students the opportunity to learn about the practice and theory of one of the key forms of contemporary storytelling: life writing. Students will sample a range of life narrative forms such as memoir, digital life narratives, and personal essays. We will discuss theories of auto/biographical representation; examine the cultural context for the production and circulation of life stories; and develop tools to identify and critique different genres of and approaches to writing lives. Students will also get the opportunity to produce their own piece of life writing in their chosen genre, drawing on relevant theories and techniques.

Learning Outcomes

  • identify key concepts relating to the theory and practice of life writing;
  • evaluate and critique life narrative texts and media in relation to key practical, ethical, and theoretical issues, and demonstrate analytical skills in written communication;
  • demonstrate the ability to plan, develop, and create a piece of life narrative from inception to entry level publication standard.

Subject Assessment

  • Written > Test/Quiz 1 - (30%) - Individual
  • Participation > Class participation - (20%) - Group & Individual
  • Performance/Practice/Product > Creative work - (50%) - Individual.
It is highly recommended that students have completed the following subjects before enrolling in this subject: CU1010 Effective Writing EL1008 Telling Tales EL1009 Great Books - Epochs and Classics
Prerequisites: 12 CREDIT POINTS OF LEVEL 1


Study Period 2, External
Census Date 26-Aug-2021
Coord/Lect: Dr Emma Maguire.
Workload expectations:

The student workload for this 3 credit point subject is approximately 130 hours.

  • 20 hours - Online activities
  • 13 hours online content
  • assessment and self-directed study
Method of Delivery: WWW - LearnJCU

Note: Minor variations might occur due to the continuous Subject quality improvement process, and in case of minor variation(s) in assessment details, the Subject Outline represents the latest official information.