CRWR 2013 - The Writer's Voice: Intersections in Writing

North Terrace Campus - Semester 1 - 2014

This course investigates the idea of the writer's voice (or voices) through reading and writing. `Voice' is a mysterious concept. Students will explore the usefulness of `voice' (or voices) as a concept in other writers' work, and student-writers will ask whether they are consciously trying to develop what they might call `voice', to consider whether it is useful to try to define or pinpoint their own `voice', or if they should leave that to critics. In so doing, students will be encouraged to identify what attracts them to particular authors and pieces of writing. This course will challenge them to (where applicable) rethink their work after being exposed to a range of writing and to frame it as it relates to competing traditions. The texts we will read together will be selected for the multiplicity of voices they reveal, and will include novels, poetry, memoir and short fiction. Assessment will consist of: two pieces of creative writing (which can include creative non-fiction); an exegetical essay (investigating the research components of their work) and seminar participation.

  • General Course Information
    Course Details
    Course Code CRWR 2013
    Course The Writer's Voice: Intersections in Writing
    Coordinating Unit English and Creative Writing
    Term Semester 1
    Level Undergraduate
    Location/s North Terrace Campus
    Units 3
    Contact 3 hours per week
    Prerequisites 12 units of Level I study
    Assumed Knowledge Advanced writing and reading skills in English
    Course Description This course investigates the idea of the writer's voice (or voices) through reading and writing. `Voice' is a mysterious concept. Students will explore the usefulness of `voice' (or voices) as a concept in other writers' work, and student-writers will ask whether they are consciously trying to develop what they might call `voice', to consider whether it is useful to try to define or pinpoint their own `voice', or if they should leave that to critics. In so doing, students will be encouraged to identify what attracts them to particular authors and pieces of writing. This course will challenge them to (where applicable) rethink their work after being exposed to a range of writing and to frame it as it relates to competing traditions. The texts we will read together will be selected for the multiplicity of voices they reveal, and will include novels, poetry, memoir and short fiction. Assessment will consist of: two pieces of creative writing (which can include creative non-fiction); an exegetical essay (investigating the research components of their work) and seminar participation.
    Course Staff

    Course Coordinator: Dr Phillip Edmonds

    Course Timetable

    The full timetable of all activities for this course can be accessed from Course Planner.

  • Learning Outcomes
    Course Learning Outcomes
    After successfully completing this course students should be able to:

    1. Confidently read, understand and appreciate a range of literary texts
    2. Think rigorously about selected contemporary texts and the contexts of their production
    3. Prepare and deliver polished and carefully edited examples of creative writing (through a series of exercises and drafts)
    4. Critically evaluate their own and others' written materials
    5. Engage constructively and respectfully with their peers
    University Graduate Attributes

    This course will provide students with an opportunity to develop the Graduate Attribute(s) specified below:

    University Graduate Attribute Course Learning Outcome(s)
    Knowledge and understanding of the content and techniques of a chosen discipline at advanced levels that are internationally recognised. 1, 2, 3
    The ability to locate, analyse, evaluate and synthesise information from a wide variety of sources in a planned and timely manner. 1, 2, 3, 4
    An ability to apply effective, creative and innovative solutions, both independently and cooperatively, to current and future problems. 3, 4, 5
    Skills of a high order in interpersonal understanding, teamwork and communication. 3, 4, 5
    A proficiency in the appropriate use of contemporary technologies. 3, 4, 5
    A commitment to continuous learning and the capacity to maintain intellectual curiosity throughout life. 1,2, 3, 4
    A commitment to the highest standards of professional endeavour and the ability to take a leadership role in the community. 2, 4, 5
    An awareness of ethical, social and cultural issues within a global context and their importance in the exercise of professional skills and responsibilities. 1, 2, 4, 5
  • Learning Resources
    Required Resources
    The Writer's Voice: Intersections in Writing Course Reader (available from Copy & Text)

    Online content provided via My Uni

    Lectures will be recorded

    Texts (Recommended Resources) will be available from Unibooks from January 2014
    Recommended Resources
    Coleman, Dylan, Amazing Grace, UQP, 2012
    Steinbeck, John, Of Mice and Men, Penguin Classics, 2006
    Mears, Gillian, The Mint Lawn, Allen & Unwin, 2011
    Frame, Janet, Lagoon and other stories, Bloomsbury, 1997
    Murnane, Gerald, Tamarisk Row, Giramondo, 2008
    Online Learning
    Course information & lecture material will be available online through MyUni

    Recorded lectures will be realeased progressively over the semester
  • Learning & Teaching Activities
    Learning & Teaching Modes
    Texts and the issues arising from them will be discussed in a lecture format and complemented by readings and on-line material. The set texts are chosen to provoke students to question critical assumptions and the ways in which they frame their work. The seminars will further develop issues and themes and explore their relevance to students' own writing, and the degree to which they identify with the introduced material. From that basis, students will be asked to respond creatively, through writing exercises in seminars. Creative responses may include fiction, poetry, or creative non-fiction. The main aim of the course is for students, in response to their reading, to debate the notion of 'voice' as it relates to their own writing and research. 
    Workload

    The information below is provided as a guide to assist students in engaging appropriately with the course requirements.

    Students will commit the equivalent to 156 hours of study in this course.

    Learning Activities Summary
    Students are expected to have read the material in the reader for each week's lecture and seminar, Seminars will focus on material covered in lectures and provide time for writing and workshopping.


    Lectures and seminars will be delivered on the themes listed below in the following order:

    Writing in contested spaces
    Writing deeply and succinctly
    Landscape as writing
    The subconscious and the inexpressible as writing
    Writing as meditation rather than character

    The novel as poetry
    The peronal as the political
    Where history meets self
    Writing as nature
    Breaking up the 'real'
    Personal writing

     
    Specific Course Requirements
    Not applicable
    Small Group Discovery Experience

    Provisional.

  • Assessment

    The University's policy on Assessment for Coursework Programs is based on the following four principles:

    1. Assessment must encourage and reinforce learning.
    2. Assessment must enable robust and fair judgements about student performance.
    3. Assessment practices must be fair and equitable to students and give them the opportunity to demonstrate what they have learned.
    4. Assessment must maintain academic standards.

    Assessment Summary
    TASK                                    TYPE           DUE                  WEIGHTING          LEARNING OUTCOME

    1,000 word CW piece             Formative        Friday Week 4         20%                    1,3,4,5
    2,000 word CW piece             Formative        Friday Week 8         40%                    1,3,4,5
    1,500 word Exegetical essay   Summative      Friday Week 12       30%                    1,2,3,4,5
    Participation                          Summative      On-going                10%                    3,4,5

    Assessment Related Requirements
    Attendance at seminars is expected.
    To successfully complete the course students will have to submit all assessment tasks.
    Assessment Detail
    To be announced.
    Submission
    All assignments must be submitted in hard copy. No electronic submissions will be accepted.
    Course Grading

    Grades for your performance in this course will be awarded in accordance with the following scheme:

    M10 (Coursework Mark Scheme)
    Grade Mark Description
    FNS   Fail No Submission
    F 1-49 Fail
    P 50-64 Pass
    C 65-74 Credit
    D 75-84 Distinction
    HD 85-100 High Distinction
    CN   Continuing
    NFE   No Formal Examination
    RP   Result Pending

    Further details of the grades/results can be obtained from Examinations.

    Grade Descriptors are available which provide a general guide to the standard of work that is expected at each grade level. More information at Assessment for Coursework Programs.

    Final results for this course will be made available through Access Adelaide.

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