In a theoretical, practical and experimental way The Theory and Practice of Creative Writing aims to develop students appreciation of the workings and rapidly changing conventions of the written word, as well as stimulating their imagination and cultivating a more comprehensive understanding of the art of communication. This unit focuses on the writers craft as exemplified by a selection of Australian, American, and English Fiction, ranging from prose and poetry to performance texts. Students will be required to present, discuss and analyse their own and each others creative writing. They will be required to illustrate a knowledge of both theoretical and nontheoretical works. It is hoped that they will develop a better appreciation of the disciplined nature of literary work, in a unit which is designed to make them better creative writers, better literary scholars and more effective communicators.