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CWR8001 Advanced Writing Workshop (Masters)

Semester 1, 2015 External Toowoomba
Units : 1
Faculty or Section : Faculty of Business, Education, Law and Arts
School or Department : School of Arts and Communication

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Examiner: Nike Sulway
Moderator: Dallas Baker


Pre-requisite: Students must be enrolled in the following Program: MARA

Other requisites

Students will require access to e-mail and have internet access to UConnect for this course.


Many people dream of writing a book; few have the dedication, skill and passion to do so. This course provides you with the opportunity to prove to yourself that you can do it. Drawing on the skills, knowledge and experience you already have, this course encourages you to pursue your greatest literary ambitions. Whether you want to write a novel, a collection of short stories, a book of poetry, a memoir, or another form of non-fiction, this workshop will provide you with the focus and support you need to get the work done.


This workshop-based course is designed to support you in making significant progress on a book-length writing project. The course will take you from the very beginning - from the germ of an idea - to the completion of a significant chunk of your book. The course is taught through a series of writing workshops during which you will gain personalised feedback on your work in progress from the teaching team, as well as from your peers. The workshop is designed to build on the skills you already have as a writer, deepening and broadening your understanding of writing as a professional practice.

You will engage with a range of other writers through reading interviews, reading works in progress, and conducting your own author interview.

Most of all, you will write. And write some more. The backbone of this workshop is the requirement to submit a weekly `quota' of writing pages. Alongside this core commitment, you will engage in stimulating and challenging discussions about what it means to be a writer: about the challenges and opportunities you and your peers are facing as your work develops.


This postgraduate course is designed to contribute to your development of the following Creative and Performing Arts Threshold Learning Outcomes for masters by coursework degrees:

  1. integrate specialised and advanced skills with a developed knowledge of the Creative and Performing Arts discipline
  2. generate, research and explore ideas, concepts and processes in the field through integrated creative, critical and reflective thinking
  3. apply and refine technical skills and specialist knowledge within a sustained and resolved body of work
  4. interpret, communicate and present complex work and ideas to specialist and non-specialist audiences using professional conventions
  5. initiate, lead, negotiate and interact with others in planning, adapting to and executing creative and performing arts projects
  6. engage critically with social, cultural and ethical issues and apply local and international perspectives to extend practice in the Creative and Performing Arts Discipline.


Description Weighting(%)
1. Individual and collaborative writing practice 25.00
2. Critical, creative and reflective thinking 25.00
3. Project management 25.00
4. Industry awareness 25.00

Text and materials required to be purchased or accessed

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  • During this course, you will read a selection of interviews with writers published in the Paris Review. These interviews will be selected by the teaching team in response to the information you provide in your first assessment item (Project proposal).

Reference materials

Reference materials are materials that, if accessed by students, may improve their knowledge and understanding of the material in the course and enrich their learning experience.

Student workload requirements

Activity Hours
Directed Study 30.00
Private Study 75.00
Workshops 60.00

Assessment details

Description Marks out of Wtg (%) Due Date Notes
PROJECT PROPOSAL 100 20 09 Mar 2015
AUTHOR INTERVIEW 100 20 04 May 2015
WRITING WORKSHOP 100 60 08 Jun 2015 (see note 1)

  1. Weekly Tasks

Important assessment information

  1. Attendance requirements:
    Students must attend and complete the requirements of the Workplace Health and Safety training program for this course where required.

    External and Online:
    There are no attendance requirements for this course. However, it is the students? responsibility to study all material provided to them or required to be accessed by them to maximise their chance of meeting the objectives of the course and to be informed of course-related activities and administration.

    It is the students? responsibility to attend and participate appropriately in all activities (such as lectures, tutorials, laboratories and practical work) scheduled for them, and to study all material provided to them or required to be accessed by them to maximise their chance of meeting the objectives of the course and to be informed of course-related activities and administration.

  2. Requirements for students to complete each assessment item satisfactorily:
    To satisfactorily complete an individual assessment item a student must achieve at least 50% of the marks.

  3. Penalties for late submission of required work:
    Students should refer to the Assessment Procedure (point 4.2.4)

  4. Requirements for student to be awarded a passing grade in the course:
    If students submit assignments after the due date without (prior) approval of the examiner then a penalty of 5% of the total marks gained by the student for the assignment may apply for each working day late up to ten working days at which time a mark of zero may be recorded.

  5. Method used to combine assessment results to attain final grade:
    The final grades for students will be assigned on the basis of the aggregate of the weighted marks obtained for each of the summative assessment items in the course..

  6. Examination information:
    Not applicable.

  7. Examination period when Deferred/Supplementary examinations will be held:
    Not applicable.

  8. University Student Policies:
    Students should read the USQ policies: Definitions, Assessment and Student Academic Misconduct to avoid actions which might contravene University policies and practices. These policies can be found at

Other requirements

  1. This course is designed for experienced writers who already have an understanding of a range of writing techniques and skills, and who are widely read within the genre in which they are writing. It is not a suitable entry point for writers who are in the early stages of their training as a writer, such as writers who have never completed a course in creative writing at university level. Writers who enrol in this course without a graduate-level understanding of writing, publishing and editing cannot expect to achieve the same results as students who do possess that knowledge.