I can’t actually believe that the first half of the year, like twelve weeks damn that is fast. I really have to say that I am loving every second in RMIT, not to say that is better than Wollongong since I’ve never had experienced there, but I’m pretty happy with what I have chosen. Even though Melbourne was a complete stranger to me, I feel like it’s getting more like home every day (but I sort of wished I lived in the suburbs, I really don’t like the vibe of the city although it’s convenient as hell).
So getting to the point of this post. The courses.
- Workshop studio: Foundation
- Literary Adaptation: Textual Crossings
- Features and Storytelling
In order, the first was the main course of our program, holding the most credits for each semester. The second is the contextual study stream, which I have chosen the ‘literary stream’, and last is a school course that we can choose to our personal preference as long as it’s under the media and communication school. And I choose the one that was designed for journalism students.
This was so fun. We basically learnt the ‘foundations’ of creative writing, like the different forms and editing techniques, also more specifically the difference of a plot and story. During the 12 weeks, we kept note of what we were learning and had to reflect our writing discipline in our ongoing critical journal which was one of the assessments. That was a helpful assignment actually, to keep track of what we were learning every week, and how it affects our writing in our personal work.
The second assignment was to play with ‘found text’ such as centos and black out poetry which was fascinating to learn about and create. The third was to come up with a plot but write it in three different ways —tell the stories in different form. It was challenging at first when I heard about the assignment, but it was a really great exercise to play with the forms and learn to tell stories through varieties of voices and perspectives. The fourth was learning to edit and critique someone else’s work; learning the terms of proper structure editing and such also would reflect on our own work and helps with acknowledging the mistakes that we too might have made when we see it in someone else’s work. Giving constructive advice is also something that was worth learning since when you would say something is better black than white, there would be a reason behind it and a rational suggestion. The last was the trickiest in my opinion since it required an essay. I fucking hate essays, because I legit have no idea how to write one. You see, I was self-taught and I really had no one marking my writing or telling me how to structure the essays and shit so I nearly failed that one on the essay side of it.
This was such an interesting course to have taken. I never knew we could study adaptations in this way. Like once we got the hang of the ten basic modes that make up an adaptation we kind of just went full on. Quotes like ‘So based on the Parody/Pastiche and Deconstruction mode the bin is basically an adaptation of my life.’ would pop up in the air and made the course so much more fun and exciting. Watched a ton of movies that I’ve never thought I would watch and learn about so many interesting aspects of the behind the scene thoughts of making an adaptation film. Like from now on I can never watch and adaptation of something and not link the modes. It’s just stuck. And I love love love love creating the adaption of my own (although I did not enjoy analysing it that much) but it was a cool essay to do (and oops I still don’t know how to write a proper essay).
Feature and Storytelling.
Surprisingly my favourite tutorial of the semester. I hate journalism in general, like I hate doing research and shit, but for some reason Antonio made this course 100 times more interesting. (And Janak too, although I only saw him like once). Like no, not because Janak—our other tutorial teacher was good looking and knew how to speak 8 languages) but because they made the course really relatable. Storytelling is a technique I would like to develop more in, and Feature stories are long yet captivating, that is if the story was told right. In the course, we really went into the behind the scenes of journalism and how a story is pieced together. It requires a lot more hard work than it seems, not just simply reporting, but telling the story in a way that makes the reader care. We had to do a final piece feature and mine was more of a personal story but yet I enjoyed writing it. After finishing the course, I wouldn’t say that I loke journalism any better than I have before, but it’s a sense of understanding it and learning to appreciate it more.
Now that I have covered all the course, I am very lucky to have made friends that have the same interest and would help each other throughout these courses, and I’m so thrilled to have learn all the stuff I consumed in those past 12 weeks, I would say money well spent!
Au voir x Jas.