CIW120 Personal Narratives

Personal narratives or 'life writing' were amongst the first Western literary genres to be used and transformed by Indigenous writers. The telling by Indigenous writers of everyday personal and family stories and histories continues to be an inherently political act, disrupting non-Indigenous narratives about Australian history and current realities. This unit examines the basic conventions of creative non-fiction in the form of personal narrative, and the ethical and cultural issues involved. Students will explore the genres of biography, autobiography and memoir through writing and textual analysis, and develop their skills and voice in telling their own and other people's stories.

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