CRWR 2013 - The Writer's Voice: Intersections in Writing
North Terrace Campus - Semester 1 - 2014
General Course Information
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 Coordinator: Dr Phillip Edmonds
The full timetable of all activities for this course can be accessed from Course Planner.
Course Learning OutcomesAfter 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
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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
Required ResourcesThe 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 ResourcesColeman, 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 LearningCourse information & lecture material will be available online through MyUni
Recorded lectures will be realeased progressively over the semester
Learning & Teaching Activities
Learning & Teaching ModesTexts 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.
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 SummaryStudents 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'
Specific Course RequirementsNot applicable
Small Group Discovery Experience
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Assessment SummaryTASK 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 RequirementsAttendance at seminars is expected.
To successfully complete the course students will have to submit all assessment tasks.
Assessment DetailTo be announced.
SubmissionAll assignments must be submitted in hard copy. No electronic submissions will be accepted.
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
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