ALW223 - Creative Nonfiction: Inquiry, Integrity, Vulnerability

Unit details


2024 unit information

Enrolment modes:Trimester 1: Burwood (Melbourne), Waurn Ponds (Geelong), Online
Credit point(s):1
EFTSL value:0.125
Unit Chair:Trimester 1: Hayley Elliott-Ryan
Cohort rule:

This unit is only available to students enrolled in a Faculty of Arts and Education course or D311, D312, D313, D326, D330, D346, D347, D370, D385 or D391


Students must have passed unit ALW101 or ALW102

Incompatible with:

ALW323, ALW306

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:

1 x 2-hour seminar per week

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

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


This unit considers creative nonfiction, from the lyric essay to personal journalism, as modes of inquiry into contemporary events and experiences. Through reading and analysis, students will develop an understanding of the genre and where it sits in the present media and publishing landscapes. In seminars, writing exercises and workshops will focus on elements of craft such as persona, structure and research, and key concepts such as memory and ethics. Students will be encouraged to take risks and experiment as they represent the real events in imaginative and compelling ways.

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

Engage in innovative and critical thinking to develop and apply relevant materials and research to develop creative non-fiction writing

GLO1: Discipline-specific knowledge and capabilities

GLO4: Critical thinking


Compose and redraft written work clearly, concisely and creatively within a deadline for a specified readership

GLO1: Discipline-specific knowledge and capabilities

GLO5: Problem solving


Critically read and analyse relevant texts, and evaluate own work and the work of others

GLO1: Discipline-specific knowledge and capabilities

GLO2: Communication

GLO4: Critical thinking


Use technology to communicate effectively with others, and to access sources of literary research

GLO1: Discipline-specific knowledge and capabilities

GLO2: Communication

GLO3: Digital literacy


Assessment Description Student output Grading and weighting
(% total mark for unit)
Indicative due week
Assessment 1 - Creative folio 1000 words 25% Week 5
Assessment 2 - Manuscript 2000 words 50% Week 11
Assessment 3 - Engagement with feedback processes 1000 words 25% Week 11

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 ALW223

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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