Course Title: Creative Writing: Approaches to Theories and Ideas

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Creative Writing: Approaches to Theories and Ideas

Credit Points: 12.00


Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


City Campus


345H Media and Communication


Sem 1 2016,
Sem 1 2017,
Sem 1 2018,
Sem 1 2019,
Sem 1 2020,
Sem 1 2021,
Sem 1 2022

Course Coordinator: Dr Stefanie Markidis

Course Coordinator Phone: +61399257408

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Location: B9 L4

Course Coordinator Availability: Please email for an appointment

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities


Course Description

Approaches to Theories and Ideas will introduce you to some of the most important writers, ideas and terms in 20th- and 21st-century literary theory, with the intention of helping you to become a better writer, reader and critic. Areas of discussion may include postmodernism, psychoanalysis, feminism, queer theory, Marxism, post colonialism, ecocriticism and more. Theoretical concepts and ideas will be explored in relation to the practice of creative writing, and you will respond to these ideas through both analytical and creative writing tasks.

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

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

  • Critically read and analyse a range of theoretical, historical, cultural and contemporary texts in order to inform and develop your professional practice.
  • Demonstrate creativity, critical thinking and innovation when identifying and solving problems in diverse contexts within the discipline of creative writing. 

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

  • Explore and reflect on the key movements and ideas in literary theory.
  • Interrogate and interpret critical and theoretical writing that is often complex and dense.
  • Respond to critical and theoretical ideas through your own creative writing.
  • Evaluate and reflect on your own and others’ creative writing through a theoretical lens. 

Overview of Learning Activities

You will be actively engaged in learning that involves a range of activities such as studios, project work, 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, reports, reflective papers, creative projects and presentations, individually and in groups. Assessment will cover both theoretical and practical aspects of your learning.

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 the Disability Liaison Unit if you would like to find out more.

Your course assessment conforms to RMIT assessment principles, regulations, policies, procedures and instructions which are available for review online: Assessment Policy

Assessment Task 1: Creative work & reflection #1 Individual [20% Linked to course learning outcomes: 3, 4]

Assessment Task 2: Creative work & reflection #2 Individual [35% Linked to course learning outcomes: 3, 4]

Assessment Task 3 Documentation Portfolio Individual [45% Linked to course learning outcomes: 1, 2, 4]