Critical Friends: The Real and Virtual Support of Writers is a highly useful unit for writers to take, as the skills acquired over the duration of this online unit can help them to move towards the goal of publication.
Open Universities Australia and Swinburne University offer aspiring writers the opportunity to learn to provide constructive criticism and helpful editing in a respectful manner, ensuring that individuals are able to place value on the strengths, as well as noting the weaknesses of any given piece.
Students will learn to effectively take notes and mark their peers’ manuscripts. Being able to helpfully identify flaws in work written by others enables writers to build up a network of critical friends – having such friends, who are willing to critique and edit a your work, is a highly valuable asset to any individual who hopes to get published.
Applicants be enrolled in one of the following courses to complete this unit:
Graduate Certificate of Arts (Writing)
Graduate Diploma of Arts (Writing)
Master of Arts (Writing)
You cannot complete this unit if you have studied it before.
Areas of study
In this writing unit, the topics you will study include:
Components of ‘critical friendship’
Critical friendship in the writing industry, in business, and in the academic practice
The process of products of writing
Peer, self-editing, and feedback skills
Critical and cultural theories
Journals, diaries and reflective writing
Writing Australian social commentary
Writing personal reminisces in autobiographical, biographical or historical genre
Adolescent fiction writing
Useful ideas and constructive criticisms about writing in general and ones own practice in particular
This unit is a core requirement in the following courses:
Graduate Certificate of Arts (Writing), Swinburne University
Graduate Diploma of Arts (Writing), Swinburne University
Master of Arts (Writing), Swinburne University
Content may also be relevant to other courses, and could qualify you for Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) for a course offered by another institution.
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This course is perfectly suited to writers who are aiming for publication. Writers are often far too close to their own work to see potential problems, whether they relate to style, grammar, or plot.
Enrolling in this unit gives students access to feedback from other writers who are willing to look at their work with a critical eye, and to report their findings in a respectful, constructive, and helpful manner. This ensures that if flaws are identified, they are reported to the writer with regard to their feelings, enabling them to take stock of the issues, and to make necessary changes. A critical friend will also be able to point out the strengths of a piece, enabling these to be built upon and accentuated. This can lead to improvement and brings the writer closer to publication.
Critiquing work by peers enables a more thorough understanding of the writing process, as well as the writing product, which will ideally help writers to become more aware of potential problems with their own writing. Critical friends can also provide a support network, which can be very helpful in what is often described as a lonely profession.
How else will I benefit from this unit?
Upon successful completion of this unit you will receive credit for competencies in Critical Friends: The Real and Virtual Support of Writers from Swinburne University.
Studying online means you can study where you want, at your own pace.
Gain industry-relevant skills and transferrable knowledge.
Government financial support through FEE-HELP may be available.
Studying single units allows you the flexibility to work towards a qualification at your own pace.
Receive Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) for this unit across a number of OUA’s full degree programs.
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If you are an Australian citizen, you may be eligible to receive a government FEE-HELP loan, meaning you can defer payment of your fees.
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You may be eligible to receive FEE-HELP for this course!
This course can be paid for through the FEE-HELP government loan scheme. If you are an Australian citizen or hold a permanent humanitarian visa, this means you don’t need to pay upfront.
Instead, the Australian government will pay your course fees on your behalf. You’ll begin repaying your loan through the tax system once you start earning more than the minimum threshold of $54,869 (2016-17 income year).
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