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Aliens, Dragons, Monsters, Me: Writing Genre (9993.1)

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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    This unit will focus upon writing in the areas of genre and speculative fiction, and specifically upon Science Fiction, Fantasy, Horror and Crime Fiction. A core aspect of this unit will be learning to work creatively and originally ? avoiding cliche and stereotypes ? while managing the reader expectations that always come with writing within an archetypal genre. Lectures will cover the core expectations and archetypes associated with each genre and the core skills and knowledge needed to write effectively within them. Readings will broaden student?s knowledge of and engagement with each genre.

    Learning Outcomes

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

    1. Demonstrate through creative practice their understanding of the common stylistic and narrative tropes associated with science fiction, fantasy, crime fiction, and other speculative writing forms;

    2. Demonstrate engagement with and understanding of the broader speculative fiction writing community;

    3. Apply knowledge and skills in relation to one specific area of 'genre' fiction to their own reflective practice; and

    4. Demonstrate the ability to write with originality and creativity while still working within the established archetypes and reader expectations that come with established genres.

    Assessment Items

    Contact Hours

    3 hours as: Either 1 Lecture + 1 x 2 hour workshop per week (on campus) OR 1 Lecture (online, recorded) + 2 hours online engagement with flexible activity offerings per week.


    Introduction to Creative Writing 8304



    Assumed Knowledge

    Students are assumed be familiar with current writings in the areas of Science Fiction, Fantasy, Horror and Crime writing

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