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					Faculty of Arts                                                                                                                              Creative Writing



                    Creative Writing                                                Second/third year
                                                                                    106-025 Creative Writing 2: Across the Genres (p.5)
                                                                                                                                                       Sem.
                                                                                                                                                         1
                                                                                    106-026 Writing Extended Fiction (p.5)                               2
The creative writing program at the University of Melbourne is located in the       106-027 Writing Scripts (p.5)                                        2
School of Culture and Communication. Creative writing at Melbourne offers           106-028 Writing Poetry (p.5)                                         1
students an exciting and productive environment in which to acquire and             106-062 Writing Literary Non-Fiction (p.8)                         N/A
develop essential skills in creative writing through a range of subjects. The
                                                                                    106-091 Writing for Performance (p.9)                                1
programs encourage work that combines creative and critical abilities. The
focus of the programs is on developing students' writing skills and publication     106-212 Principles of Editing and Publishing (p.10)                  2
opportunities.                                                                      106-221 Creative Writing: Travel and Place (p.11)                    1
The programs offer a number of subjects and study areas, including prose fic-        106-224 Language of Feeling (p.12)                                 N/A
tion and poetry as well as non-fiction, performance, editing and scriptwriting,      106-225 Writing for Real (p.12)                                      1
which provide opportunities for students to produce their own work under the        BA students who have completed:                                    Sem.
guidance of professionally accredited practitioners who are technically expert      106-186 Creative Writing: Autofictions (p.3)                          2
in their specific areas. Many of them have close links with the publishing and       or
film-production industries, and can keep students in touch with current devel-       760-101 Creative Writing: Ideas and Practice (p.6)                   1
opments. Graduates of this program have been extremely successful in seeing
                                                                                    may enrol in up to two of the following second-year creative writing sub-
their work featured in a wide range of publications, and many have won              jects from the School of Creative Arts:
awards in national competitions for their work.
                                                                                    760-203 Scriptwriting for Theatre (p.6)                              2
Staff are dedicated to fostering a learning experience that students will value     760-205 Poetry (p.7)                                                 1
their whole lives, and they aim to help students to produce writing of a pub-
                                                                                    760-206 Scriptwriting for Screen (p.7)                               1
lishable standard.
                                                                                   BA students are not permitted to enrol in more than two second and/or
The School of Culture and Communication also has a vibrant postgraduate            third-year SCA creative writing subjects in their BA degree.
community with its own journals and seminar series to which creative writing
students make important and regular contributions.                                  BA students who have completed:                                    Sem.
                                                                                    a second-year level creative writing subject from the School of
                                                                                    Culture and Communication
Time commitment to study                                                            May seek approval to enrol in up to two of the following third-year crea-
As well as scheduled contact hours for lectures, tutorial and seminars a con-       tive writing subjects from the School of Creative Arts. Eligible students
siderable additional time commitment is needed to complete the academic             must first seek written approval from the creative writing course coordi-
requirements of each subject.                                                       nator in the School of Creative Arts (Dr Kevin Brophy) and then enrol
                                                                                    with a course adviser in the Faculty of Arts:
A subject-specific time commitment to study will be provided by your lec-            760-302 Text and Editor: Practice and Theory (p.7)                   2
turer or tutor at the beginning of semester to help you schedule your workload
                                                                                    760-253 Theory and Practice of Fiction (p.7)                         2
and successfully manage your time during the semester. In addition, general
estimates of the total time commitment required to study a 12.5-point single        760-320 Advanced Scriptwriting for Theatre (p.7)                     1
semester subject in the Faculty of Arts can be found on page 1.                     760-328 Advanced Screen Writing (p.7)                              N/A
                                                                                    760-330 Poetry, Poetics and Poetic Forms (p.7)                       2
Prerequisites                                                                       760-429 Writing through Character (p.8)                              1
                                                                                   BA students are not permitted to enrol in more than two second and/or
Bachelor of Arts students enrolling in second or third-year creative writing       third-year SCA creative writing subjects in their BA degree.
subjects must have passed 106-186 Creative Writing: Autofictions (p.3) (or its
equivalent) or 760-101 Creative Writing: Ideas and Practice (p.6). Students        Quotas
are encouraged to also complete at least one other first-year English literary
studies subject.                                                                   Some second and third-year creative writing subjects listed above are subject
                                                                                   to quotas. All students wishing to undertake second and third-year creative
                                                                                   writing subjects must meet the prerequisites detailed above. Students must
Diploma in Arts (Creative Writing)                                                 consult the School of Culture and Communication for application procedures
The Diploma in Arts (Creative Writing) is only available to students who are       for quota subjects.
currently enrolled in an undergraduate degree course at the University of Mel-
bourne. It consists of a three-year sequence of study, and adds one year to the    Honours entry
duration of your degree.
                                                                                   The prerequisite for entry to fourth-year honours in creative writing are:
Students must complete 25 points of first-year study from the creative writing
program or the English literary studies program, including 106-186 Creative        • completion of all the requirements for the BA;
Writing: Autofictions (p.3) or 760-101 Creative Writing: Ideas and Practice         • completion of a major in creative writing;
(p.6), and 75 points of second/third-year creative writing subjects selected       • an average grade of H2B or higher over the second/third year subjects
from the lists below.                                                                   within the major.
                                                                                   It is recommended that students planning to enter honours in Creative Writing
Requirements for a BA major in creative                                            or who have already qualified to enter honours in Creative Writing undertake
writing                                                                            the subject 106-453 Introduction to Theory (p.12) in either their third or
                                                                                   fourth year of studies.
A BA major in creative writing usually consists of eight 12.5-point subjects,      For information on how to apply see Applying for Honours (p.13).
totalling 100 points. It comprises:
• one first-year subject in creative writing: either 106-186 Creative Writing:      Honours requirements
    Autofictions (p.3) or 760-101 Creative Writing: Ideas and Practice (p.6);
    it is highly recommended that students wishing to continue with a major
    in creative writing also consider undertaking a first year subject in English   Pure honours
    literary studies; and                                                          Students undertaking pure honours in creative writing must complete:
• seven second/third-year subjects in English literary studies and creative        • 106-523 Creative Writing Thesis (p.2) (37.5 points); and
    writing as set out below (87.5 points). At least four of these subjects must   • 106-401 Research Principles and Practices (p.12) (12.5 points); and
    be taken from the following approved creative writing subjects and must
                                                                                   • four honours subjects in creative writing from the list below (50 points).
    include the core subject 106-025 Creative Writing 2: Across the Genres
    (p.5). The remainder (a maximum of three subjects) can consist of any
    106- subject code second/third-year subjects offered in the cultural studies
                                                                                   Combined honours
    program or English literary studies program.                                   Students undertaking combined honours in creative writing and another pro-
                                                                                   gram must complete:
Creative writing subjects in the BA                                                • 106-523 Creative Writing Thesis (p.2)(37.5 points); and
                                                                                   • 106-401 Research Principles and Practices (p.12) (12.5 points); and
First year                                                             Sem.
                                                                                   • one honours subject in creative writing from the list below (12.5 points);
106-186 Creative Writing: Autofictions (p.3)                              2            and
760-101 Creative Writing: Ideas and Practice (p.6)                       1         • three honours subjects from the combining program (37.5 points).


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The University of Melbourne Handbook 2005                                                                                              Undergraduate Studies


or                                                                                   BCA students who have completed:                              Sem.
• honours thesis from the combining program (37.5 points); and                       106-212 Principles of Editing and Publishing (p.10)             2
• two honours subject from the combining program (25 points); and                    106-221 Creative Writing: Travel and Place (p.11)               1
• three honours subjects from the list below (37.5 points), excluding 106-           106-224 Language of Feeling (p.12)                            N/A
   401 Research Principles and Practices (p.12).                                     106-225 Writing for Real (p.12)                                 1
 Honours subjects                                                  Sem.             BCA students are not permitted to enrol in more than two second and/or
 106-403 Reading the Subject: Freud/Fiction/Lacan (p.13)            2               third-year School of Culture and Communication creative writing sub-
                                                                                    jects in their Creative Arts degree.
 106-404 Memory and Contemporary Culture (p.13)                     2
 106-406 Contested Sites (p.13)                                    N/A
                                                                                    Further study
 106-408 The Novel & the Invention of the Modern (p.14)            N/A
 106-421 Scripts Wanted: Any Medium (p.14)                          2               Students who have completed a Bachelor of Creative Arts with a major in cre-
                                                                                    ative writing may go on to complete the Bachelor of Creative Arts (Honours)
 106-422 Poetry: The Versatile Imagination (p.14)                   1
                                                                                    degree in creative writing.
 106-423 Romanticism and Modernity (p.14)                           2
                                                                                    Graduate and postgraduate courses offered in creative writing include the
 106-427 Writing: Before and Beyond the Image (p.15)                1
                                                                                    Graduate Diploma in Creative Arts, the Postgraduate Diploma in Creative
 106-428 Media, Politics and Cultural Diaspora (p.15)              N/A              Writing, a Master of Creative Writing by coursework and minor thesis (co-
 106-430 Subcultural Studies (p.15)                                 1               taught with the School of Culture and Communication), a Master of Creative
 106-433 Genre Interventions (p.15)                                N/A              Arts and the PhD.
 106-448 Theorising the Spectator (p.16)                           N/A              The School of Culture and Communication also offers a Graduate Diploma in
 106-451 Writing Nature (p.16)                                      1               Creative Writing, a Master of Arts and the PhD.
 106-452 Thinking Writing (p.16)                                    2
 106-453 Introduction to Theory (p.12)                              1               Career opportunities
 106-454 Melancholy in Australian Literature (p.16)                 1
                                                                                    In addition to developing students' own writing skills and publication oppor-
 106-459 Postcolonial Writing and Theory (p.17)                     2
                                                                                    tunities, a degree with a major in creative writing provides students with an
 106-472 Writing Genealogies of Place (p.18)                        2               excellent and flexible preparation for careers in media, editing, publishing,
 106-474 The Contemporary Publishing Industry (p.18)                1               education/teaching as well as other areas of professional writing such as jour-
                                                                                    nalism.
Bachelor of Creative Arts prerequisites
All students accepted into the Bachelor of Creative Arts can choose to com-         For more information
plete a major in creative writing, or take some subjects from the creative writ-
                                                                                    For Bachelor of Arts students:
ing offerings with due regard to specific prerequisites for second and third-
year subjects. See the School of Creative Arts section of this Handbook             School of Culture and Communication
page 2 for further information.                                                     Second Floor, John Medley Building
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Requirements for a BCA major in creative                                            Tel: +61 3 8344 5506
writing                                                                             Web: http://www.english.unimelb.edu.au
A BCA major in creative writing consists of:                                        For Bachelor of Creative Arts students:
• 25 points (usually two subjects) at first-year level;                              The School of Creative Arts
• 25 points (usually two subjects) at second-year level;                            Arts Centre Building
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• 50 points (usually four subjects) at third-year level.
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Interdisciplinary subjects, see page 2, may be credited towards the creative        Tel: +61 3 8344 8389
writing major.
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Creative writing subjects in the BCA                                                Fourth-year subjects
First year                                                          Sem.
760-101 Creative Writing: Ideas and Practice (p.6)                   1              106-523 Creative Writing Thesis
760-104 Writing Fiction (p.6)                                        2              Note: This subject is only available to students enrolled in honours in Crea-
Second year                                                         Sem.            tive Writing.
760-203 Scriptwriting for Theatre (p.6)                              2              Availability: 4th year
760-205 Poetry (p.7)                                                 1              Credit points: 37.5
760-206 Scriptwriting for Screen (p.7)                               1              Coordinator: To be advised
Third year                                                          Sem.            Prerequisites: Admission to fourth year honours in creative writing.
760-302 Text and Editor: Practice and Theory (p.7)                   2              Corequisites: 106-401 Research Principles and Practices (p.12)
760-253 Theory and Practice of Fiction (p.7)                         2              Contact: Regular supervision over two consecutive semesters of enrolment
760-320 Advanced Scriptwriting for Theatre (p.7)                     1              (Semester 1, repeat 2).
760-328 Advanced Screen Writing (p.7)                               N/A             Description: The thesis project will provide individual supervision in design-
760-330 Poetry, Poetics and Poetic Forms (p.7)                       2              ing, researching and creating a substantial creative writing project, which may
Third/fourth year                                                   Sem.            be in any genre.
760-421 Diaries/Journals and Autobiography (p.8)                     2              Assessment: The thesis of 12,000 words, of which 9500 can be an integrated
760-429 Writing through Character (p.8)                              1              creative writing project in any genre and a 2500 word essay contextualising
BCA students who have completed:                                    Sem.            the creative piece or the equivalent in Poetry (475 lines) or Script (40 minutes
                                                                                    performance time) (100%) due at the end of the second semester of study.
760-101 Creative Writing: Ideas and Practice (p.6)                   1
                                                                                    Individual projects are discussed and agreed upon by negotiation early in the
and                                                                                 first semester with the supervisor. In the first weeks of the first semester,
760-104 Writing Fiction (p.6)                                        2              under the supervisor's guidance and by completion of 106-401 Research Prin-
may enrol in up to two of the following creative writing subjects from the          ciples and Practices (p.12), the student will prepare a detailed project pro-
School of Culture and Communication (at second-year level only):                    posal and bibliography. This mentoring process will guide the student through
106-025 Creative Writing 2: Across the Genres (p.5)                  1              the research and writing process over the two semesters of the thesis enrol-
106-026 Writing Extended Fiction (p.5)                               2              ment.
106-027 Writing Scripts (p.5)                                        2              Prescribed texts: An appropriate bibliography for each project will be estab-
106-028 Writing Poetry (p.5)                                         1              lished in consultation with the supervisor and in the compulsory subject 106-
106-062 Writing Literary Non-Fiction (p.8)                          N/A             401 Research Principles and Practices (p.12).
106-091 Writing for Performance (p.9)                                1


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