Course Title: Contemporary Australian Writing

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Contemporary Australian Writing

Credit Points: 12.00


Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


City Campus


335H Applied Communication


Sem 2 2009


City Campus


345H Media and Communication


Sem 2 2010,
Sem 2 2011,
Sem 2 2012,
Sem 2 2013,
Sem 2 2014,
Sem 2 2015,
Sem 2 2016,
Sem 1 2018,
Sem 1 2019,
Sem 1 2020,
Sem 1 2021,
Sem 1 2022,
Sem 1 2023,
Sem 1 2024

Course Coordinator: Dr Brigid Magner

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 2911

Course Coordinator Email:

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities


Course Description

This course explores the writing of contemporary Australian authors on writing. The featured genres include letters, diaries, essays, articles, podcasts, interviews, and so on. This course centres extra-textual works by authors to enable sustained consideration of the process, themes and craft of Australian authors’ work, to shed light on the creative process itself. You will study a range of texts - in various forms - exploring what it means to be an Australian writer in the current cultural and industrial landscape. You will also develop your own responses to the work of local writers, through reading and research.

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

Program Learning Outcomes 

In this course you will develop the following program learning outcomes:

  • Synthesise and apply learned skills of writing, reading, revising and researching to inform, improve and position your creative writing effectively.
  • Critically read and analyse a range of theoretical, historical, cultural and contemporary texts in order to inform and develop your professional practice.


Course Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course you will be able to:

CLO1: Communicate conceptual thinking about the practice of writing through exploratory discussion and composition
CLO2: Read critically a range of pieces of Australian writers on writing to recognise generic and stylistic features
CLO3: Conduct research to assess the usefulness of references for your purposes.
CLO4: Plan and compose your own writing on the practice of writing

Overview of Learning Activities

You will be actively engaged in learning that involves a range of activities such as lectures, tutorials, class discussion, individual and group activities.

Overview of Learning Resources

RMIT will provide you with resources and tools for learning in this course through our online systems.

A list of recommended learning resources will be provided by your lecturer, including books, journal articles and web resources. You will also be expected to seek further resources relevant to the focus of your own learning.

The University Library has extensive resources for Creative Writing students. The Library has produced a subject guide that includes quality online and print resources for your studies

The Library provides guides on academic referencing: and subject specialist help via your Liaison Librarian.

Overview of Assessment

You will be assessed on how well you meet the course’s learning outcomes and on your development against the program learning outcomes. Assessment may include essays, reflective papers, creative projects and presentations, individually and in groups. Assessment will cover both theoretical and practical aspects of your learning. 

Assessment Tasks  

Assessment Task 1: Database search exercise, 30% CLO3

Assessment Task 2: Collaborative text annotation, 30% CLO1, CLO2

Assessment Task 3: Author profile, 40% CLO1, CLO3, CLO4  

Feedback will be given on all assessment tasks. 

If you have a long term medical condition and/or disability it may be possible to negotiate to vary aspects of the learning or assessment methods. You can contact the program coordinator or Equitable Learning Services if you would like to find out more. 

Your course assessment conforms to RMIT assessment principles, regulations, policies, procedures and instructions.