Faculty of Arts


Introduction to Creative Writing


This is a course in technique for students interested in developing and experimenting with practical skills in four writing genres – Poetry, Multimedia, Creative Non-Fiction and Short Fiction. The course is taught by two award-winning writers, former Poet Laureate Selina Tusitala Marsh and fiction writer and essayist Paula Morris.


We study a range of local and international models; write and workshop exercises; and develop close-reading skills as a writer rather than as a critic. Students keep a Writer’s Workbook of drafts, exercises, notes and ideas.


Attendance is expected at all seminars (two hours per week) and workshops (one hour). Workshops begin in Week Two. Assessment includes reading quizzes and two portfolios of creative work covering all four genres and based on work begun in workshop. 



Learning Outcomes


The aims of this module are: to enable students to develop their imaginative and technical skills; to refine close-reading skills; to develop writing and revising skills; and to demonstrate a grasp of a wide range of techniques and forms in their creative work.


As well as learning through practice, students will develop skills in close textual analysis of published work, reading as a writer, and evaluations of peer manuscripts.


Availability 2021

Semester 1


Lecturer(s) Dr Selina Tusitala Marsh
Dr Paula Morris


  • Course Reader [Note: purchase from UBIQ and bring to first seminar]


Coursework only


ENGLISH 252: 15.0 points


45 points passed



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