Subject: CWRI10001 Creative Writing: Ideas and Practice
3 Comments on CWRI10001 Creative Writing: Ideas and Practice
Creative writing is great as a core subject, elective, or breadth. The tutors give a lot of creative freedom with assignments. However, the assignments could potentially be a source of stress if you don't work well with vague instructions (i.e. if you need clear, precise directions in order to do well on an assignment, this subject likely isn't for you). The work is quite easy, especially if writing is your forte. The lectures are cool because each week there is a new guest lecturer, usually a writer who talks about her/his own work. The subject gives a lot of insight into the writing industry. Also - if your tutor is Christine Balint, consider yourself lucky! She gives really helpful feedback on assignments and talks a lot about the publishing industry and what it takes to get your work published.
It was 2015 when I did this subject and it was honestly one of the best introductions to creative writing that I've experienced. There are heaps of guest speakers which was one of the highlights. It was interesting and engaging and the invitation into a world of workshopping is a great way as a first year to make some new friends and get to know people (I made two of my closest friends in this class). I think the biggest issue was that the assignments felt so big and were so close together at some points, but that can be related more to being in first year. I only hope that the lecture isn't at 8am on a Monday anymore!
I did this subject in 2016 and it was honestly so fun and helpful, I really encourage everyone who's considering to definitely do it. I had a really cool tutor who told us a lot of stories about what he did when he was younger - aka really bold and crazy stuff. In a general sense, as cliche as it sounds, he really encouraged everyone in our class to try new and different things which in turn could be stories worth writing about. The tutes had a lot of sharing your writing (they won't force you of course) and brainstorming activities. And on top of that, the readings were actually quite fun to read.