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Writing Narrative Non-Fiction (9921.1)

Level: Level 2 - Undergraduate Intermediate Unit
Credit Points: 3
HECS Bands:

Band 1 2013-2020 (Expires 31 Dec 2020) Band 2 2021 (Commenced Before 1 Jan 2021) Band 4 2021 (Commenced After 1 Jan 2021)

Faculty: Faculty of Arts and Design
Discipline: Discipline of Creative and Cultural Practice



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    • Semester 2, 2018, ON-CAMPUS, BRUCE (178324) - View
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    Narrative non-fiction encompasses a wide range of writing outside the traditional genres - poetry, drama and fiction. The core aim of narrative non-fiction is to take a narrative, rather than an expository, approach to writing about the actual as distinct from the imagined world. Practitioners draw on storytelling methods like scene creation, character, dialogue, narrative voice and the like to tell a true story as artfully as possible. The boundaries between actuality and imagination are nowhere near as clear as lexicographers would have us believe but there are at least some boundaries; this unit explores them through students' experience of creating their own narrative non-fiction texts. Students will be exposed to the disciplines of researching and writing journalistic feature stories as well as a range of narrative non-fiction genres, including biography, autobiography, true crime, travel writing, polemic, environmental writing and others.

    Learning Outcomes

    On successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:

    1. Demonstrate the ability to generate ideas for journalistic features and basic narrative non-fiction stories that will engage audiences;

    2. Demonstrate the ability to gather information ethically, whether from documentary sources or by interviews or first-hand observation;

    3. Demonstrate the ability to structure and write a feature story or piece of narrative non-fiction that aims to be accurate, insightful and compelling to read;

    4. Demonstrate awareness of the skills involved in producing journalistic stories and narrative non-fiction across different media platforms, including but not limited to print, audio, video, digital and e-books; and

    5. Demonstrate an appreciation of the history, diversity, complexity and value of feature journalism and narrative non-fiction.

    Assessment Items

    Contact Hours

    3 hours per week.


    Must have passed unit 5565 Introduction to Journalism OR 8304 Introduction to Creative Writing.


    5572 Mobile Reporting OR 9923 Mobile Reporting OR 5572 Reporting

    Assumed Knowledge

    Basic knowledge of journalism and of writing

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