This online Research for Writers unit from Open Universities Australia and Swinburne University of Technology examines a range of creative research methodologies appropriate for the field of creative writing.
You will develop practical skills in collecting, collating, and synthesising research data, and the application of research methodology appropriate to your chosen writing project.
Core learning outcomes include the ability to conceptualise, contextualise, and collate data to produce a writing project that includes a written piece for publication, a detailed plan, and a reflective researcher’s journey.
You cannot enrol in this unit if you have successfully completed the following units as they are considered academically equivalent:
Research to Publication
Research for Writers
In order to enrol in this unit, you must be accepted into one of the following courses:
Graduate Certificate of Arts (Writing)
Graduate Diploma of Arts (Writing)
Master of Arts (Writing)
Areas of study
In this Research for Writers unit, the topics you will study include:
The Research Project: focusing research and the assignment
The elements, stages and features of the research process
The research question: from formulation to implementation
Research for journalism and media
Research case studies – e.g. literature for young people; crime writing
Other formats for research publication such as drama and performance
Ethics of research
Conventions of publishing: drafting, editing, formatting, ethics, submission and the pitch
This unit is a core requirement in the following courses:
Graduate Certificate of Arts (Writing), Swinburne University of Technology
Graduate Diploma of Arts (Writing), Swinburne University of Technology
Master of Arts (Writing), Swinburne University of Technology
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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At the successful completion of this unit, you will have acquired in-depth research methodology skills as they apply to publishing, as well abilities in drafting, editing, formatting, ethics, submission, and how to pitch in order to get your work published.
How else will I benefit from this unit?
Upon successful completion of this unit you will receive credit for competencies in Research for Writers from Swinburne University of Technology.
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