University of Technology Sydney

57031 Creative Non-fiction

8cp; To comply with health advice from NSW Health, the planned delivery of this subject for Spring 2021 has been adjusted. Activities scheduled for campus until the 27th of August (inclusive) are being moved online. Timetabled activities for the remainder of the session will be held on campus only if the public health situation permits face-to-face learning in available teaching spaces. Please log into Canvas and monitor your UTS email for the latest advice concerning subject delivery and assessment information.
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Graduate subject - Writing - 400 level


Creative non-fiction is a genre of writing that uses literary styles and techniques to create factually accurate narratives; however, the conventions and boundaries of both the 'creative' and the 'real' are the subject of lively and continuing debate. This subject explores the history, possibilities, boundaries, and contexts of contemporary literary non-fiction. It encourages students to explore the scope of the genre as widely as possible as they develop two pieces of creative work (a literary essay and a portrait) in a workshop environment. Each class acts as a space in which students deepen their understanding of the genre, by analysing and discussing published work alongside their own and their peers'. This subject explores the personal and lyric essay (and their differences from the academic or argumentative essay); form, technique, voice and the use of material detail and fact; and the rich variety of approaches (including profile, memoir, lyric essay-portrait) to writing about human subjects.

Typical availability

Spring session, City campus

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