Creative Writing: The Art of Fiction


This course offers mid-level training in fiction writing for students aiming to write their first fictions. Through a study of exemplary texts and their own work, students explore narrative options available in the writing of fiction. Students will also learn to revise their work in the quest for a finished literary product.



  • Semester 1 - 2016


  • Semester 1 - 2016

Learning Outcomes

1. An understanding of the various genres of fiction and narrative theory

2. A detailed understanding of the techniques involved in shaping a story

3. Core skills in written communication, in textual analysis and in creative practice

4. A detailed understanding of narrative fiction and theories which inform particular kinds of it

5. Core skills in written communication, in textual analysis and in creative practice

6. Develop their own work in response to their readings of Australian and international writers and have started to develop their own style


Fiction is a vital component of major creative writing programs. Students explore the various forms such as flash fiction, the short story, novella and novel. In particular, they will learn the skills and techniques of crafting a good story from close reading of Australian and international examples. They will analyse the skills and techniques used by major writers in each form, and learn to apply them in shaping their own creative work.

Assessment Items

Written Assignment: Short Creative Assignment

Written Assignment: Long Creative Assignment

Essay: Reflective Essay

Online Learning Activity: Online Workshop

Contact Hours

Ourimbah and Callaghan

Online Activity

Online 2 hour(s) per Week for 4 Weeks


Face to Face On Campus 2 hour(s) per Week for 8 Weeks