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    A study of style and techniques of literary writers, with practical exercises in creative imitation and adaptation.

    This paper teaches you to read like a writer. You will read across a range of literary forms and genres for technique and style, and using literary analysis, imitation, and creative responses, you will learn to make stylistic choices and employ literary techniques in your own writing.

    About this paper

    Paper title Creative Writing: Reading for Writers
    Subject English
    EFTS 0.15
    Points 18 points
    Teaching period Semester 2 (On campus)
    Domestic Tuition Fees ( NZD ) $981.75
    International Tuition Fees Tuition Fees for international students are elsewhere on this website.
    One 100-level ENGL paper (excluding ENGL 126) or 36 points
    Schedule C
    Arts and Music
    Teaching staff

    Associate Professor David Ciccoricco
    Ms Nicola Cummins
    Associate Professor Tom Mclean
    Professor Liam McIlvanney

    Paper Structure
    Weekly lectures introduce a literary technique or range of techniques drawn from one of the set texts. Lectures model literary analysis with an emphasis upon the writer's strategies and practice. Each semester, two lectures will feature practising creative writers in an interview and question/answer format.

    Two-hour tutorials will provide hands-on practice with the literary techniques discussed in lectures. Typically, tutorials will begin with a review and application of the lecture material through close readings of literary texts. Students will then be guided through a series of technical and/or stylistic tasks, including processes of creative imitation and adaptation; these will be discussed in small groups and presented before the class.
    Teaching Arrangements

    Weekly 1-hour lecture
    2-hour tutorials in selected works


    • Journal 20%
      You will keep a journal throughout the paper. Your journal should include:
      • Your analysis of and reflections on the set reading
      • Your responses to the tutorial exercises
      • Ongoing reflection upon the process of creative imitation, adaptation and literary analysis
      You will submit your journal to your tutor twice during the semester
    • Identification and Terminology Test 10%
      This in-class test assesses your ability to identify and distinguish literary passages discussed in class, as well as your knowledge of literary forms, techniques and concepts employed in the selected excerpts
    • Portfolio 30%
      This portfolio is a selection of the best three or four of your creative imitation exercises, along with an introduction that reflects upon and provides a rationale for your practice
    • Examination 40%
      Part A - An analysis of unseen literary texts, using key terminology, techniques and concepts covered in class (20%)
      Part B - An essay answer that allows students to demonstrate integration of the core components of analysis and creative response with critical reflection (20%)
    Course Reader
    Graduate Attributes Emphasised
    Communication, Critical thinking, Self-motivation, Teamwork.
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    Learning Outcomes

    Students who successfully complete this paper will:

    1. Gain exposure to a range of literary texts and contexts and the ability to read them closely and with insight to the particular literary techniques deployed; two-hour tutorials will introduce workshop practices to help students learn to give and receive effective feedback
    2. Hone writing skills and develop new vocabularies and techniques for both creative and analytic writing through creative imitation of literary work; the development of a portfolio will give students experience in editing and presenting their own work
    3. Gain the ability to judge and assess literary forms and style
    4. Develop their capacity for self-directed activity through compiling their reading journal and preparing their portfolio of works
    5. Be exposed to diverse literary and cultural characteristics and their influences on each other in a global cultural context through studying literary works and analysing the practice of writers both in New Zealand and around the world


    Semester 2

    Teaching method
    This paper is taught On Campus
    Learning management system


    Stream Days Times Weeks
    A1 Tuesday 15:00-15:50 29-35, 37-42


    Stream Days Times Weeks
    Attend one stream from
    A1 Wednesday 12:00-13:50 29-35, 37-42
    A2 Thursday 10:00-11:50 29-35, 37-42
    A3 Thursday 15:00-16:50 29-35, 37-42
    A4 Wednesday 15:00-16:50 29-35, 37-42
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