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Writing Major


Students with a passion for writing will have the opportunity to nurture a capacity for creativity and effective communication.

This will involve development of writing skills in a range of genres, including autobiography and biography, poetry, drama, fiction, journalism and scriptwriting, while also gaining an understanding of important legal, ethical and practical elements of editing and publishing.




Mount Lawley


South West (Bunbury)


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Major details

Learning Outcomes

  1. Apply a range of appropriate theories, methodologies and writing practices in drafting, editing and proofreading to determine and solve problems.
  2. Demonstrate broad and coherent knowledge with depth and understanding of the theory, functions and conventions of writing, grammar, and professional editing practices.
  3. Demonstrate knowledge of the historical, social, political, inter-cultural, legal and ethical issues related to writing.
  4. Demonstrate responsibility and accountability for own learning through self-reflective practices to support life long learning.
  5. Identify and employ relevant technical strategies and approaches of language, form and structure to produce texts suitable for diverse publications.
  6. Research, plan, write and edit original texts in a variety of formats suitable for publication using a range of literary devices, strategies, and generic conventions.
  7. Review, analyse and synthesise disparate information into coherent narratives or commentary.
  8. Think critically, clearly communicate knowledge and develop defensible arguments regarding the interactions between the demands of writing, publishing, society and culture.


Students are required to complete the following three units (45 credit points):

Unit Code Unit Title Credit Points
WRT1101Language and Writing15
WRT1103Creativity and Writing15
WRT1110Introduction to Editing15
Plus, students are required to complete nine units (135 credit points) from the following:
WRT2213Creative Writing15
ENG3170Diverse Voices in Literature15
WRT3120Biographical and Autobiographical Writing15
JOU2111Introduction to Journalism15
WRT3215Authorship and Publication15
WRT3107Writing Poetry15
FAV2102Scriptwriting: Short Films15
PRN2225Media Relations15
WRT3105Writing Drama15
WRT2106Writing Therapy15

Employment Opportunities

Graduates are able to seek employment in the expanding communications sector, as well as opportunities for freelance writing work.

Possible future job titles

Writer, Editor, Scriptwriter, Journalist, Publisher, Poet, Novelist, Playwright, Reviewer, Commentator

This Major can be studied in the following courses


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