ENGL118-19S1 (C) Semester One 2019

Creative Writing: Skills, Techniques and Strategies

15 points

Start Date: Monday, 18 February 2019
End Date: Sunday, 23 June 2019
Withdrawal Dates
Last Day to withdraw from this course:
  • Without financial penalty (full fee refund): Friday, 1 March 2019
  • Without academic penalty (including no fee refund): Friday, 10 May 2019


This course provides a thorough grounding in the skills, techniques and tricks a writer needs to transform ideas and material into art. Guided exercises will develop students' perception, observation and research skills. The study of selected poetry, song lyrics and monologues will provide an understanding of fundamental techniques and approaches, as well as inspiration for students' own writing.

This course can be used towards an English major or minor. BA students who major in English would normally take at least two 100-level 15 point ENGL courses (which must include at least one of the following: ENGL117, ENGL102 or ENGL103), at least three 200-level 15 point ENGL courses, and at least two 300-level 30 point ENGL courses. Please see the BA regulations  or a student advisor for more information.

Learning Outcomes

A student who attends all classes, does the prescribed background reading, and makes a reasonable effort to complete the in-class exercises, set exercises and other prescribed pieces of work for assessment will understand (and be confident with using) the following concepts and techniques: alliteration, assonance, consonance, onomatopoeia, rhyme (“stressed”, “unstressed”, eye, internal, imperfect/half), figurative language (simile, metaphor, hyperbole, personification, synecdoche, metonymy), oxymoron, paradox, syntax, diction, denotation, connotation, atmosphere, tone, point of view, persona, form, structure, stanza, symbolism (conventional, original), foot, rhythm, metre, free verse, blank verse, end-stopped line, run-on line, caesura, repetition, refrain (chorus), allusion (classical, Biblical, historical, literary), intertextuality, and punctuation (for poetry, song lyrics & monologues).

Students’ perception and their observational and research skills will also be developed.

University Graduate Attributes

This course will provide students with an opportunity to develop the Graduate Attributes specified below:

Critically competent in a core academic discipline of their award

Students know and can critically evaluate and, where applicable, apply this knowledge to topics/issues within their majoring subject.

Course Coordinator

Christina Stachurski


Assessment Due Date Percentage  Description
Test One 20% Terms and concepts
Poetry and Song Lyrics 30%
Test Two 20% Terms and concepts
Monologue 15%
Scene 15%

Course links

Library portal

Indicative Fees

Domestic fee $761.00

International fee $3,188.00

* All fees are inclusive of NZ GST or any equivalent overseas tax, and do not include any programme level discount or additional course-related expenses.

For further information see Humanities and Creative Arts .

All ENGL118 Occurrences

  • ENGL118-19S1 (C) Semester One 2019