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Exploring Genres in Creative Writing (ENGL3211)
Semester 2 / 2015


y separately published work icon Into the Woods : The Battle for Tasmania's Forests Anna Krien , Collingwood : Black Inc. , 2010 Z1752662 2010 single work autobiography travel (taught in 2 units)

'For many years, the Tasmanian wilderness has been the site of a fierce struggle. At stake is the future of old-growth forests. Loggers and police face off with protesters deep in the forest, while savage political games are played in the courts and parliaments.

'In Into the Woods, Anna Krien, armed with a notebook, a sleeping bag and a rusty sedan, ventures behind the battlelines to see what it is like to risk everything for a cause. She speaks to ferals and premiers, sawmillers and whistle-blowers. She investigates personalities and convictions, methods and motives. This is a book about a company that wanted its way and the resistance that eventually forced it to change.

'Updated with a new afterword, Into the Woods is intimate, intrepid reporting by a fearless new voice.' (Publication summary)

Jeanette Winterson, Oranges are Not the Only Fruit

Phillip Lopate, To Show and to Tell: The Craft of Literary Nonfiction

y separately published work icon The Best Australian Essays 2014 Robert Manne (editor), Collingwood : Black Inc. , 2014 7989115 2014 anthology criticism essay (taught in 2 units)

'In The Best Australian Essays 2014, Robert Manne assembles his picks of contemporary non-fiction writing. Tim Winton reflects on the impact of landscape on the Australian character; Helen Garner remembers her mother with a raw and stirring poignancy; Christos Tsiolkas wonders how the Left forgot their origins; Tim Flannery traces the history of the Great Barrier Reef and fears its destruction. With essays traversing madness, liberty under the rule of Tony Abbott, the enslaving of horses and the legacy of Doris Lessing, this sharp collection offers lucid insight, shrewd understanding and heartbreaking empathy.' (Publication summary)


This topic has a creative writing focus with a special interest in literary nonfiction as a form that engages with emerging and established genres, overlapping and intermingling genres, tests the boundaries, is experimental and marginal, and that enhances the possibilities for original and engaging writing practices. Specific nonfiction sub-genres covered may include, personal essay, lyric essay, creative non-fiction (CNF), reviewing, memoir, reportage, and ecocriticism.