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Knowing how to write a college essay is a useful skill for anyone who plans to go to college. Most colleges and universities ask you to submit a writing sample with your application. As a student, you’ll also write essays in your courses. Impress your professors with your knowledge and skill by using these great essay writing tips.

Prepare to Answer the Question

Most college essays ask you to answer a question or synthesize information you learned in class. Review notes you have from lectures, read the recommended texts and make sure you understand the topic. You should refer to these sources in your essay.

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Plan Your Essay

Many students see planning as a waste of time, but it actually saves you time. Take a few minutes to think about the topic and what you want to say about it. You can write an outline, draw a chart or use a graphic organizer to arrange your ideas. This gives you a chance to spot problems in your ideas before you spend time writing out the paragraphs.

Choose a Writing Method That Feels Comfortable

You might have to type your essay before turning it in, but that doesn’t mean you have to write it that way. Some people find it easy to write out their ideas by hand. Others prefer typing in a word processor where they can erase and rewrite as needed. Find the one that works best for you and stick with it.

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View It as a Conversation

Writing is a form of communication, so think of your essay as a conversation between you and the reader. Think about your response to the source material and the topic. Decide what you want to tell the reader about the topic. Then, stay focused on your response as you write.

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Provide the Context in the Introduction

If you look at an example of an essay introduction, you’ll see that the best essays give the reader a context. Think of how you introduce two people to each other. You share the details you think they will find most interesting. Do this in your essay by stating what it’s about and then telling readers what the issue is.

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Explain What Needs to be Explained

Sometimes you have to explain concepts or define words to help the reader understand your viewpoint. You also have to explain the reasoning behind your ideas. For example, it’s not enough to write that your greatest achievement is running an ultra marathon. You might need to define ultra marathon and explain why finishing the race is such an accomplishment.

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Answer All the Questions

After you finish writing the first draft of your essay, make sure you’ve answered all the questions you were supposed to answer. For example, essays in compare and contrast format should show the similarities and differences between ideas, objects or events. If you’re writing about a significant achievement, describe what you did and how it affected you.

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Stay Focused as You Write

Writing requires concentration. Find a place where you have few distractions and give yourself time to write without interruptions. Don’t wait until the night before the essay is due to start working on it.

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Read the Essay Aloud to Proofread

When you finish writing your essay, read it aloud. You can do this by yourself or ask someone to listen to you read it. You’ll notice places where the ideas don’t make sense, and your listener can give you feedback about your ideas.

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Avoid Filling the Page with Words

A great essay does more than follow an essay layout. It has something to say. Sometimes students panic and write everything they know about a topic or summarize everything in the source material. Your job as a writer is to show why this information is important.


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A graduate course offered by the School of Literature, Languages and Linguistics .

  • Code ENGL6015
  • Unit Value 6 units
  • Offered by School of Literature, Languages and Linguistics
  • ANU College ANU College of Arts and Social Sciences
  • Course subject English
  • Areas of interest Drama, English, Literature
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  • Dr Lucy Neave
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Offered in Second Semester 2018 See Future Offerings

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Indicative assessment, requisite and incompatibility, preliminary reading, specialisations.

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How do contemporary authors write prose, poetry and drama? And how did writers learn their craft before creative writing courses? This introductory course emphasizes writing process and revision through encouraging students to write and develop their own prose, poetry and drama, and by using writers’ manuscripts and published works as examples. The unit teaches close reading and analysis of published prose, poetry and drama as the means by which writers historically learned to write, and as a skill necessary for revising drafts. Through attentive reading of contemporary and twentieth century literature from a range of cultural perspectives, students will understand the differences between genres, the social and political sources for creative work and will develop their skills as writers of diverse and engaging texts. The course will include discussion of editing, publishing and performance.

Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:

Upon successful completion of this course, students will have the knowledge and skills to:

  • Critically analyse and describe poetry, prose and dramatic texts in manuscript and published form, demonstrating an understanding of how literary and dramatic texts are created
  • Write and revise creative work in at least two genres, synthesising suggestions from tutorials and/or utilising analysis of published creative work to modify your own.
  • Perform a detailed critical and formal analysis of a published work, making a coherent argument about the relationships between context, form and content in that work.
  • Conduct research, critically analyse and synthesise sources for creative and scholarly work
  • Find, use and cite appropriate and relevant secondary sources using an established referencing system. 

1 x Reading journal (1000 words, 15%) LO 1

1 x essay (1500 words, 35%) (LOs 1, 3,4, 5)

1 x portfolio of creative work (2500 words, 50%) (LOs 2,  4 & 5)

The ANU uses Turnitin to enhance student citation and referencing techniques, and to assess assignment submissions as a component of the University's approach to managing Academic Integrity. While the use of Turnitin is not mandatory, the ANU highly recommends Turnitin is used by both teaching staff and students. For additional information regarding Turnitin please visit the ANU Online website.

130 hours of total student learning time made up from:

a) 36 hours of contact: 24 hours of lectures and 12 hours of tutorials.

b) 94 hours of independent student research, reading and writing.

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There are non-standard English language requirements for this course. To be eligible you must have an overall IELTS Academic score (or equivalent) of 6.0, a score of not less than 7.0 in both reading and writing, and no band score below 6.0. For alternate/equivalent ways of meeting the English requirements for this course please view the English Proficiency Requirements document on the university website.

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Explore your creativity with australia’s most established writing program.

The University of Canberra’s writing program is the oldest of its kind in Australia, with a long and established record of excellence. The Bachelor of Arts (Creative Writing) is staffed by award-winning, industry-active novelists, poets, screenwriters, editors and publishers who’ll help you emerge from your degree with an impressive portfolio of dynamic, creative and professional work. 

You’ll have the opportunity to experiment in different modes of creative writing, including prose fiction, poetry, writing for young people, screenwriting and narrative non-fiction. You’ll learn to build narratives, craft language and hone your critical skills, and will graduate with a broad and flexible set of skills and knowledge.

Study a Bachelor of Arts (Creative Writing) at UC and you will:

  • employ narrative and the crafting of language to solve problems
  • engage with communities, and invent new ways of navigating professional and cultural environments
  • compose imaginative fiction, non-fiction, poetic and screen-based works
  • work individually, collaboratively and ethically while building professional relationships in the creative and cultural sectors.

Work Integrated Learning

Work Integrated Learning is at the very centre of the Bachelor of Arts (Creative Writing). You’ll learn from industry-active professionals and world-class scholars and work and study in real-world situations through project work, internships, professional experience and mentorships.

You’ll complete units designed to help you develop the professional skills essential for employment in the creative industries, and will have the opportunity to participate in international work and study experiences as part of your degree. Past Creative Writing internships have included placements with the ACT Writers Centre, the Canberra Writers Festival, and the International Poetry Studies Institute ­– a research facility which is part of the University of Canberra.

Career opportunities

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  • Communications manager
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Standard entry to this course is by selection rank, but a portfolio entry is also possible.

High-achieving students may be eligible for enrolment in the Bachelor of Arts and Design (Honours).

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Admission to this course is based on an entrance rank. A rank can be achieved by the following means: - Year 12 ATAR - other Australian Qualification - work experience - overseas qualification We also offer a number of entry initiatives that give you the opportunity to gain entry to the University via alternate pathway programs and admissions schemes. More information is available on our Alternative Entry page:

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Bachelor of arts (creative writing) (arb001) | 72 credit points.

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Open Electives - 24 credit points from the following

  • - Must pass 24 credit points from anywhere in the University, as a breadth major, a breadth minor and/or as individual units.
  • - We strongly recommend Creative Writing students consider devoting 4 of their open electives to the Breadth Minor in Literary Studies (BN0002)

Required - 48 credit points as follows

Core Major in Arts (CM0001) | 24 credit points

Required - Must pass 18 credit points as follows

Restricted Choice - Must pass 6 credit points from the following

  • From 2022 units 11017 and 11018 are no longer available. Students must select two units from 11829, 11830, 11832 and 11833.

Specialist Major in Creative Writing (SM0001) | 24 credit points

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In addition to course requirements, in order to successfully complete your course you must meet the inherent requirements. Please refer to the inherent requirements statement applicable to your course

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Course duration.

Standard 3 years full-time or equivalent. Maximum 10 years.

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  • Specialist Major in Creative Writing (SM0001)

High performing students may be eligible to enrol in the Bachelor of Arts and Design (Honours) course.

Alternative exits

Master of Arts in Creative and Cultural Futures.

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  • This workshop is structured around the best practices for influential writing in a government context. These practices draw upon the collective experience of what works for senior professionals, including current and former senior executives from the public service and private sector, combined with expertise from within UNSW.
  • Why effective writing in government matters and how to maximise the benefits of influential government writing for you, and your team, organisation and community.
  • The core skills of effective writing in government, including practical frameworks used by senior executives for understanding your audience, engaging with stakeholders, and planning and drafting government documents for maximum influence and impact.
  • An overview of the key types of government writing, including ministerial and agency head-level briefs, ministerial correspondence, government reports, speeches, minutes and internal documents.

Participants will benefit from the highly interactive workshop design features, drawing on the rich knowledge contained within each cohort’s professional experiences, including:

  • a highly practical experiential learning opportunity that takes place between the two half-day workshops
  • the opportunity to record and apply workshop learnings, then reflect on the benefits of doing so; and peer-to-peer learning frameworks and activities, which double as a valuable network-building opportunity.

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This course covers:

  • the best practice frameworks for all forms of government writing
  • how to apply those best practices in the context of a real, relevant and current piece of written work that's relevant for your role
  • high-level guidance on some of the main forms of government writing together with further reading and reference material for situations where this information will be helpful.

By completing this course, participants will be able to:

  • describe the importance of effective writing in the Australian government context
  • understand and apply the core skills required to write influentially and impactfully for government
  • explain the role of neuroscience and the principles of persuasion in attaining optimal audience impact
  • outline frameworks for understanding one’s government audience and techniques for planning and delivering influential written work
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  • understand the importance of adopting a learning mindset and principles of deliberative practice, and apply the core skills of effective government writing in a range of contexts
  • implement the benefit of practical experiences gained during the workshops, including a highly practical experiential learning opportunity, reflective practice frameworks and peer-to-peer learning activities.

In addition to a highly engaging, expertly facilitated workshop experience, attendees will receive:

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Are you an aspiring writer or have you spent your covid lockdown writing a poem, short story, novel or work of non-fiction.

Whichever it is, you might be surprised to learn the ways in which the Canberra writing community can support, educate and nurture you and your work.

Whether you’re flirting with the idea of putting pen to paper, have a bottom-drawer manuscript you’re dying to polish or simply want to connect with other lovers of fiction, here’s where to start.  


It really shouldn’t surprise us that in a city of hidden gems, tucked away in a leafy part of Braddon, there is one of the most well-regarded writer’s centres in the country.

When I started writing, I would never have guessed the extent of the ACT Writers Centre ’s resources and programs. Writing is a solitary pursuit, but the Centre makes sure you’re never alone, with a wide network of creatives, year-round development programs, regular workshops and a tight-knit community.

Membership to the centre gives you discounts on programs and workshops, personalised advice and referrals (solid gold in an industry where there is a lot of assumed knowledge) and most importantly, connection with other writers.

Find out more about what’s happening at the ACT Writers Centre here .


‘Oh, a library , how obvious’ I hear you sniff. No. The ACT does not have ‘ordinary’ libraries or librarians but instead a strategic, focused, book-obsessed community who deliver free and low-cost events all year round, all across Canberra.

A Local Author Showcase is hosted at the Civic branch, where locally published material is on display for two years (so you can check out your local author superstars!). Every title is, of course, available for loan.

Are you a published Canberra author? The ACT Heritage Library collects all works of fiction produced in Canberra and region, as well as works of non-fiction relevant to the area, for preservation purposes. Local authors are encouraged to contact: [email protected] .

From panel discussions, author appearances and talks, to book launches, book clubs and even workshops, Libraries ACT is a huge champion of local and international authors.


Yes, it’s a guild and yes, it’s awesome. The ‘ CSFG ’ is one of Australia’s most dedicated and inclusive collectives of writers and fans of speculative fiction (that’s a genre term that encompasses science fiction, fantasy, magical realism, horror and any other creative narrative that ‘speculates’ on ‘what could happen’).

The CSFG offers its members access to an engaged online community, publishing opportunities, members’ meetings and its novel writing group, as well as multiple critiquing circles.

Find out more about the Canberra Speculative Fiction Guild here .

Okay, you probably frequent these already, but if you scratch the surface of some of Canberra’s favourite bookstores, you’ll find a plethora of fascinating in-conversation and meet the author events, book launches and more at very accessible prices.

Some websites to keep an eye on are Paperchain (Manuka), Muse (Kingston), and Harry Hartog (ANU and Woden).


Bringing huge names and international publishing sensations to Canberra, the Canberra Writers Festival (CWF) is a festival for both readers and writers.

With in-depth panel discussions, frank and fearless in-conversation events and intimate author talks, the CWF encompasses fiction, non-fiction, theatre and poetry.

The dates for CWF 2020 are 12-16 August, with the annual title of Power, Politics, Passion.

Events that have been postponed due to COVID, but will return in the future

A slightly more niche event, CONFLUX is the Canberra Speculative Fiction Guild’s annual convention. Encompassing three days of panels, workshops, masterclasses, social events and more (think a smaller version of ComicCon), people come from all around Australia to hang out and get nerdy.

Usually held over the October long weekend, it’s the ultimate indulgence for lovers of science fiction and fantasy but also a great opportunity to learn from some of Canberra and Australia’s most successful authors.

Keep an eye on the website for 2019 dates.

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With a population of 358,222 people, Canberra has a strong demand for workers in Creative Writing . Studying Creative Writing with Vibe Learning will see you joining a learning community with like-minded students and engaging with industry experts to learn real world skills.

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Current employment trends shows that employment in Canberra is rising and is expected to grow through 2017. There are currently 6,279 job vacancies in Canberra . The unemployment rate in Canberra is 3.0%.

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