Critical Friends: The Real and Virtual Support of Writers

PWR60001 12.5 Credit Points Online


  • 13 week study period

Contact hours

  • Online study equivalent to 12.5 hours per week

On-campus unit delivery combines face-to-face and digital learning. For Online unit delivery, learning is conducted exclusively online.

2021 teaching periods


HOL Study Period 1 HOL Study Period 2

1 Mar 21 - 30 May 21

29 Jun 21

Last self enrolment:
14 Mar 21

22 Mar 21

Last withdraw without fail:
16 Apr 21

31 May 21 - 29 Aug 21

28 Sep 21

Last self enrolment:
13 Jun 21

21 Jun 21

Last withdraw without fail:
16 Jul 21



Aims and objectives

This unit focuses on the acquisition of a specific set of skills that writers need before their writing is ready for publication. It achieves this by introducing students to the essential elements of the writing craft, such as plot, setting, character etc. This unit also gives learners the opportunity to develop and apply the skills of critiquing and editing in a collaborative online environment. It explores how 'critical friends' can enrich others' writing ability and further their own insights into the processes of writing.

After successfully completing this unit, students will be able to:
1. identify and critically apply the conventions, methodologies, and techniques needed for professionally critiquing pieces of writing
2. Demonstrate practical skills in evaluating and diagnosing the strengths and weaknesses in their writing and writing practice and in the work and practice of others, and be able to hypothesise solutions to these weaknesses
3. Plan, research, and produce a report/document that reflects upon and evaluates the challenges and strengths of a piece of writing

Courses with unit

Previous title Critical Friends: The Real and Virtual Support 

MA-WRI Master of Writing
GD-WRI – Graduate Diploma of Writing
GC-WRI - Graduate Certificate of Writing
GC-ARTWRI1 Graduate Certificate of Arts (Writing) (Teach-out)
GD-ARTWRI/ GD-ARTWRI1 Graduate Diploma of Arts (Writing) (Teach-out)
MA-ARTWRI/ MA-ARTWRI1 Master of Arts (Writing) (Teach-out)
MA-MCO Master of Media and Communication – elective only