CRWR 2013 - The Writer's Voice: Intersections in Writing
North Terrace Campus - Semester 1 - 2018
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 Available for Study Abroad and Exchange Y Prerequisites At least 12 units of Level I undergraduate 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 Matthew HootonDr Matthew Hooton will convene the course in 2018
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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Required ResourcesThe Writer's Voice: Intersections in Writing Course Reader (available from Image, Copy & Text)
The Lone Ranger and Tonto Fistfight in
Heaven, by Sherman Alexie.
How to Be Both, by Ali Smith.
Black Swan Green, by David Mitchell.
Harry Potter and the Philosopher's
Stone, by J.K. Rowling.
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 ModesLecture Topics
-Voice and Point of View (Mechanics)
-An Englishwoman Sits in a Rocking Chair… (The Storyteller’s Voice)
-Musicality, Place, and the Written Word
-The Voice of a Child
-If Hemingway Flexes His Bicep and No One Sees it… (The Macho Persona)
-Experimentation and Beautiful Sentences
-All Those I’s and You’s (The Slippery Narrator)
-One Hand Clapping (Personal Histories and Writing for an Audience)
-Subjugated Voices and Silence
-Voices in Translation
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 Summary10% Participation
20% Assignment #1: Creative Piece- 500 words.
20% Assignment #2: Creative Piece- 500 words.
50% Final Assignment: Creative Work- 2000 words, Exegesis- 500 words (2500 words total).
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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