This unit focuses on the relationship between literary theories and how we write. It guides students through the production of a piece of writing that employs a theoretical lens of the student’s choice.


PWR70001 Reading and Writing

Rule for unit PWR70001

Graduate Certificate in Arts (Writing) or equivalent

Teaching periods
Start and end dates
Last self-enrolment date
Census date
Last withdraw without fail date
Results released date

Learning outcomes

Students who successfully complete this unit will be able to:

  • Identify, critically evaluate, and analytically reflect on the theories and methodologies of literary and creativity theory relevant to writing and reading practice
  • Demonstrate a high level of reflexivity in evaluating which theoretical approaches to reading and writing can be applied to their own writing and critically analyse the choices of theory by their classmates
  • Generate a piece of writing that applies the complex knowledge, skills and methods of literary theory to a narrative or document and demonstrate a mastery of specific elements of writing practice

Teaching methods


Type Hours per week Number of weeks Total (number of hours)
Directed Online Learning and Independent Learning
11.54 13 week 150


Type Task Weighting ULO's
Online Discussion ThreadsIndividual/Group 40% 1,2,3 
Written AssignmentIndividual 60% 1,2,3 


  • Reading as a Writer 
  • Journaling as a writer and reader 
  • Theories of Creativity 
  • Literary theory (eg formalism, new criticism) 
  • Critical and Cultural theory  
  • Case studies on using theory to enrich writing 
  • Graduate Attribute: Communication Skills - Communicating using different media
  • Graduate Attribute: Teamwork Skills - Collaboration and negotiation
  • Graduate Attribute: Digital Literacies  - Information literacy

Study resources

Reading materials

A list of reading materials and/or required textbooks will be available in the Unit Outline on Canvas.