Course Title: Creative Writing Studio: Foundations

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Creative Writing Studio: Foundations

Credit Points: 24.00


Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


City Campus


345H Media and Communication


Sem 1 2015,
Sem 1 2016,
Sem 1 2017,
Sem 1 2018,
Sem 1 2019,
Sem 1 2020

Course Coordinator: Dr Sree Ramachandran

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 3146

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Availability: Contact Course Coordinator by email

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities


Course Description

Creative Writing Foundations lays the groundwork for developing core skills and approaches to writing and being a creative writer. In this course you will explore different aspects of writing including: storytelling, essay composition, generating and developing ideas and experimentation. You will also discover what it means to be a writer through practice and by learning how to be disciplined in your field. Your learning will take place in a variety of formal and informal environments intended to expose you to a writerly community of practice and support your engagement with creative writing.

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

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

  • Create, develop and produce new creative writing to reflect intention and ideas within a range of theoretical frameworks and contexts relevant to a variety of media and genres.
  • Synthesise and apply learned skills of writing, reading, revising and researching to inform, improve and position your creative writing effectively.

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

  1. Examine and interpret the essential elements of writing in different forms and structures.
  2. Research theoretical and critical aspects of writing to inform and reflect on your own practice.

  3. Apply various techniques such as essay composition and experimentation to create stories in different modes.
  4. Reflect on your own practice and that of others in order to enhance your own creative writing.

Overview of Learning Activities

You will be actively engaged in learning that involves a range of activities such as lectures, interaction with guests and mentors, tutorials, studio workshops, 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 Equitable Learning Services 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

Task 1: Critical Journal 25% Linked course learning outcomes: 1, 2, 4

Task 2: Peer-editing 15% Linked course learning outcomes: 1, 4

Task 3: Narrative Folio 30% Linked course learning outcomes: 1, 3, 4

Task 4: Exegetical Essay 30% Linked course learning outcomes: 2, 3, 4