CRWR 3002 - So You Want to Write a Novel

North Terrace Campus - Semester 1 - 2019

The course introduces approaches to writing a novel against a background of the form's historical development and the range of its contemporary possibilities. Students will investigate the novel in its contemporary and literary form in order to define and situate the work they wish to write. They will read and analyse several works of literary and genre fiction. Concepts of genre, audience, style, voice, the relationship between fiction and non-fiction, will be explored. Students will learn how to prepare a submission (a workshopped proposal for a novel), including an outline, a chapter or sequence of chapters to final draft stage, and a 'pitch' to present their work to an academic or industry gatekeeper.

  • General Course Information
    Course Details
    Course Code CRWR 3002
    Course So You Want to Write a Novel
    Coordinating Unit English and Creative Writing
    Term Semester 1
    Level Undergraduate
    Location/s North Terrace Campus
    Units 3
    Contact Up to 3 hours per week
    Available for Study Abroad and Exchange Y
    Prerequisites At least 6 units of Level II undergraduate study
    Incompatible CRWR 2009
    Course Description The course introduces approaches to writing a novel against a background of the form's historical development and the range of its contemporary possibilities. Students will investigate the novel in its contemporary and literary form in order to define and situate the work they wish to write. They will read and analyse several works of literary and genre fiction. Concepts of genre, audience, style, voice, the relationship between fiction and non-fiction, will be explored. Students will learn how to prepare a submission (a workshopped proposal for a novel), including an outline, a chapter or sequence of chapters to final draft stage, and a 'pitch' to present their work to an academic or industry gatekeeper.
    Course Staff

    Course Coordinator: Dr Matthew Hooton

    The convenor of the coure for 2017 is:

    Dr Helen Dinmore

    helen.dinmore@adelaide.edu.au

    Course Timetable

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

  • Learning Outcomes
    Course Learning Outcomes

    ·       Introduce students to a range of creative writing practices including poetry, prose and
            creative non-fiction.

    ·       Introduce students to ways of reading, talking and thinking about contemporary texts.

    ·       Develop students’ capacity to investigate contemporary writing contexts (social,
             historical and political).

    ·       Develop students’ awareness of the nexus between reading and writing.

    ·       Develop students’ ability to evaluate and apply critical material.

    ·       Develop students’ ability to reflect upon their own work in the context of writing by
            established writers.

    ·       Develop students’ ability to confidently, thoughtfully and respectfully express their
            ideas to their peers.

    ·       Develop students’ confidence to share work in progress with peers, giving and receiving
            constructive criticism.

    ·       Develop students’ editing skills.

    ·       Develop students’ teamwork skills.





    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)
    Deep discipline knowledge
    • informed and infused by cutting edge research, scaffolded throughout their program of studies
    • acquired from personal interaction with research active educators, from year 1
    • accredited or validated against national or international standards (for relevant programs)
    1,2,3,4,5,6
    Critical thinking and problem solving
    • steeped in research methods and rigor
    • based on empirical evidence and the scientific approach to knowledge development
    • demonstrated through appropriate and relevant assessment
    1,2,3,4,5,6,7
    Teamwork and communication skills
    • developed from, with, and via the SGDE
    • honed through assessment and practice throughout the program of studies
    • encouraged and valued in all aspects of learning
    6,7,8,9,10
    Career and leadership readiness
    • technology savvy
    • professional and, where relevant, fully accredited
    • forward thinking and well informed
    • tested and validated by work based experiences
    1, 2,3,6,7,8,9
    Intercultural and ethical competency
    • adept at operating in other cultures
    • comfortable with different nationalities and social contexts
    • Able to determine and contribute to desirable social outcomes
    • demonstrated by study abroad or with an understanding of indigenous knowledges
    1,3,5,6,7
    Self-awareness and emotional intelligence
    • a capacity for self-reflection and a willingness to engage in self-appraisal
    • open to objective and constructive feedback from supervisors and peers
    • able to negotiate difficult social situations, defuse conflict and engage positively in purposeful debate
    7,8,9,10
  • Learning Resources
    Required Resources
    Jurassic Park, by Michael Crichton.
    Cloud Atlas, by David Mitchell.
    Sixty Lights, by Gail Jones.
    Half of a Yellow Sun, by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie.
    The Rest of Us Just Live Here, by Patrick Ness.





    Online Learning


    Additional course-related material is available
    through My Uni. The following documents will be made available via My Uni:
    lecture Content, Course Outline, and explanation of assessment tasks.





  • Learning & Teaching Activities
    Learning & Teaching Modes

    This course is structured around weekly readings of
    novels and the work of other students.
    Students are expected to write in class.
    Seminars will provide the opportunity to reflect on ideas, themes and practices
    introduced in the lectures.
    Student interaction will occur in small group exercises, including close reading, writing, editing and other tasks.





    Workload

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




    1x1 hour seminar per week (x12)            

    1x2 hour lecture per week   (x12)             
                                                      
    1X 6 hours reading and writing practice per week (x12)     

    1x1 hours research per week (x12)                                     
                       
    1x 2 hours assignment preparation each week (x12)                                  
     
    Total= 144 hours





    Learning Activities Summary

    Lectures and seminars will approach themes/concepts such as the following throughout the semester:

    What is a Novel?

    Character

    Plot

    Point of View

    Theme

    Setting

    Style

    Voice

    Tone & Structure

    Editing & Revision





  • 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






    Assessment Detail
    1st Written Assignment (500 Words): 20%
    2nd Written Assignment plus Novel Outline (500 Words): 25%
    Participation in Seminar Workshops: 10%
    Final Portfolio/Novel Chapter/Exegesis (2500 Words): 45%
    Submission
    All work will be submitted through MyUni and Turnitin. Further information will be available in the lectures and on MyUni.
    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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