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CWR2002 Writing About Nature

Units : 1
Faculty or Section : Faculty of Business, Education, Law and Arts
School or Department : School of Humanities & Communication
Student contribution band : 2021 Grandfather Funding Cl 1
Grading basis : Graded
Version produced : 23 May 2022


Pre-requisite: CWR1001


This course introduces students to a range of ways of writing about places, familiar and unfamiliar, real and imagined the natural world. Students will be supported in developing writing that reflects an awareness of current debates and practices within the field of nature writing. As well as an awareness of a range of ideas about the relationships between place, space, culture and identity.

The course will equip students with a range of skills required in the workforce, and in professional writing practice, including interpreting and responding to editorial guidelines, meeting deadlines, writing to purpose, and working with an editor to develop an essay from pitch to publication. In addition, this course provides students with opportunities to develop their editorial skills, through working as copy editor and proof-reader on a course-based magazine.

Effective and engaging narrative writing depends (among other things) on a clear and effective expression of place. In this course, students will explore a range of approaches to writing about place, focusing on the field of nature writing, including a range of sub-genres, such as environmental writing, and science writing. During the course, students will also learn about the form of the non-fiction essay, also known as the lyric or personal essay. Students will learn the skills required to write a personal essay for publication, including how to engage productively and professionally with the editorial process.

Course offers

Semester Mode Campus
Semester 2, 2022 On-campus Toowoomba
Semester 2, 2022 Online
Date printed 23 May 2022