WRT301 Life Writing (8)

The primary aim of this subject is to explore how life experiences are researched, interpreted and represented. Students will also review theoretical issues relating to genre in the field, read examples of various forms of life writing - for example, autobiographies, memoirs, diaries, biographies, letters - and develop their skills in life writing by focussing on a variety of approaches.

Subject Outlines
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Session 2 (60)
Wagga Wagga Campus

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Subject Information

Grading System



One session


School of Humanities and Social Sciences

Assumed Knowledge
LIT221 or WRT210

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
  • be able to demonstrate an understanding of the variety of theoretical issues related to life writing;
  • be able to differentiate between different forms associated with life writing, for example, autobiography, biography, memoir;
  • be able to demonstrate an understanding of the demands of researching material, perhaps in a multiplicity of locations, for life writing;
  • be able to demonstrate an understanding of the challenges of interpreting material and decisions required to choose an appropriate medium to present it;
  • be able to present the results of their research on a life in written form.


This subject will cover the following topics:
  • theoretical issues on life writing relating to genre;
  • various forms of life writing, including, autobiography, biography, memoir, diaries, letters;
  • research required for writing 'life' studies in sources such as the CSU Archives, interviews, state records, research libraries;
  • exercises exploring various genres and selection of an appropriate form for a substantial project;
  • presentation of 'work in progress' in seminars where it will be subject to critical review;


Current Students

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Prospective Students

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The information contained in the 2018 CSU Handbook was accurate at the date of publication: August 2018. The University reserves the right to vary the information at any time without notice.