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CWR2003 The Writing Life

Units : 1
School or Department : School of Humanities & Communication
Grading basis : Graded
Course fee schedule : https://www.unisq.edu.au/current-students/administration/fees/fee-schedules
Version produced : 27 September 2023


Pre-requisite: CWR1001 and (CWR1002 or CWR1003)


A writing career is most often made up of a series of inter-related projects, with the writer responsible for identifying, applying for, and managing a range of projects across the writing and publishing sector. This creates opportunities and challenges for a writer. You will gain an extended understanding of the diverse ways in which writers create and maintain sustainable careers. The course complements skills and knowledge of writing as a practice with knowledge and understanding of writing and publishing as an industry, equipping you with the capacity to plan for a sustainable career across national and international contexts.

This course focuses on how writers build careers and contribute to or draw on community connections to build their skills, capacity, and visibility in a highly competitive industry. During your studies, you will explore the development of an author profile and platform and investigate opportunities for writers to work across a range of sectors. You will also build the skills and knowledge required to secure work in individual and group projects and identify funding opportunities for writers and writing projects. In addition, you will explore the design and development of small to large-scale writing projects and begin to build productive and positive relationships with publishers, editors, agents, festival organisers, and other stakeholders in the writing and publishing industry. You will be exposed to a range of models for building a writing career and be supported in developing a flexible and sustainable career plan. The course is taught through a series of interactive workshops with experienced writers.

Course offers

Study period Mode Campus
Semester 2, 2023 Online
Date printed 27 September 2023