ALW101 - Writer's Toolkit: Craft and Creativity

Unit details


2024 unit information

Enrolment modes:Trimester 1: Burwood (Melbourne), Waurn Ponds (Geelong), Online
Trimester 3: Burwood (Melbourne), Online
Credit point(s):1
EFTSL value:0.125
Unit Chair:Trimester 1: Antonia Pont
Trimester 3: Jodi McAlister
Cohort rule:Nil


Incompatible with: Nil
Typical study commitment:

Students will on average spend 150-hours over the teaching period undertaking the teaching, learning and assessment activities for this unit.

This will include educator guided online learning activities within the unit site.

Educator-facilitated (scheduled) learning activities - on-campus unit enrolment:

Trimester 1:
1 x 1-hour class per week
1 x 2-hour seminar per week

Trimester 3:
1 x 1-hour class per week
Seminar intensive mode - up to 4-hours of seminars in weeks 1, 2, 3, 5, 8, 11 (up to 22-hours total)

Educator-facilitated (scheduled) learning activities - online unit enrolment:

Online independent and collaborative learning activities including:
Trimester 1:
1 x 1-hour class per week
1 x 2-hour seminar per week or equivalent

Trimester 3:
1 x 1-hour class per week
Seminar intensive mode - up to 4-hours of seminars (or equivalent) across weeks 1, 2, 3, 5, 8, 11 (up to 22-hours total)


This is a unit that combines the practice of attentive reading with creative writing. Students are exposed to a wide range of literary texts, as well as to a suite of crucial skills and craft elements that found creative writing of a professional standard. Students also write about their work and the processes involved in its composition, introducing critical thinking and modes of expression that will support them during and beyond their degree.

ULO These are the Learning Outcomes (ULO) for this unit. At the completion of this unit, successful students can: Deakin Graduate Learning Outcomes

Identify the key components of writing

GLO1: Discipline-specific knowledge and capabilities


Practise and apply the key components of writing

GLO2: Communication


Understand and apply current standards of grammar and language usage

GLO1: Discipline-specific knowledge and capabilities

GLO2: Communication


Demonstrate critical thinking and composition abilities through giving and receiving constructive critique

GLO4: Critical thinking


Develop short writing projects

GLO5: Problem solving


Design creative writing strategies

GLO5: Problem solving


Assessment Description Student output Grading and weighting
(% total mark for unit)
Indicative due week
Assessment 1 - Sketching with Words 600 words 15% Week 3
Assessment 2 - Memory as Seed 1400 words 35% Week 6
Assessment 3 - Place as Encounter 1600 words 40% Week 11
Assessment 4 - Participation, peer discussion/engagement & collegial contributions   10% Ongoing

The assessment due weeks provided may change. The Unit Chair will clarify the exact assessment requirements, including the due date, at the start of the teaching period.

Learning Resource

The texts and reading list for the unit can be found on the University Library via the link ALW101

Note: Select the relevant trimester reading list. Please note that a future teaching period's reading list may not be available until a month prior to the start of that teaching period so you may wish to use the relevant trimester's prior year reading list as a guide only.

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