The University of Newcastle, Australia
Available in 2020

Course handbook

Description

Short fiction is a vital component of major writing programs across the world. Students will learn the skills and techniques of crafting a good story from close reading of Australian and international examples.They will learn how to analyse the skills and techniques used by major writers and apply them in shaping their own creative work.


Availability2020 Course Timetables

Callaghan

  • Semester 1 - 2020

Ourimbah

  • Semester 1 - 2020

Online

  • Semester 2 - 2020

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of the course students will be able to:

1. Identify and analyse a range of techniques and elements of writing craft common to short fiction.

2. Use a range of techniques common to short fiction.

3. Edit and refine written language in terms of grammar and sentence construction.

4. Develop original works of short fiction that reflect their engagement with exemplary works of Australian and leading international writers.


Content

Students will learn how to recognise and use the key elements of short fiction including narrative mode, characterisation, perspective and structure. They will learn how to discuss and edit the work of their peers using the workshop model and will apply that knowledge to the formation of their own short stories.  


Assessment items

Professional Task: Short Creative Assignment (20%)

Professional Task: Long Creative Assignment (50%)

Quiz: Quizzes (10%)

Essay: Reflective Essay (20%)


Compulsory Requirements

In order to pass this course, each student must complete ALL of the following compulsory requirements:

General Course Requirements:

  • Seminar: There is a compulsory attendance requirement in this course. - Due to the practical nature of this course students are expected to attend a minimum of 75% of classes.
  • Seminar: There is a compulsory attendance requirement in this course. - Due to the practical nature of this course students are expected to attend a minimum of 75% of classes.

Contact hours

Callaghan

Seminar

Face to Face On Campus 2 hour(s) per Week for 12 Weeks

Ourimbah

Seminar

Face to Face On Campus 2 hour(s) per Week for 12 Weeks

Online

Seminar

Online 2 hour(s) per Week for 12 Weeks