The University of Newcastle, Australia
Available in 2019

Course handbook


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.

Availability2019 Course Timetables


  • Semester 1 - 2019


  • Semester 1 - 2019

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 prose fiction.

2. Effectively use a range of techniques common to prose fiction.

3. Use the workshop model of critiquing to develop their own written work and that of others.

4. More effectively edit and refine written language in terms of grammar and sentence construction.

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


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

Professional Task: Short Creative Assignment (20%)

Professional Task: Long Creative Assignment (50%)

Essay: Reflective Essay (20%)

Online Learning Activity: Online Workshop (10%)

Compulsory Requirements

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

General Course Requirements:

  • Seminar: Attendance Requirement - Students must attend a minimum number of these sessions. - Due to the practical nature of this course students are expected to attend a minimum of 80% of classes.

Contact hours

Callaghan and Ourimbah

Online Activity

Online 2 hour(s) per Week for 4 Weeks


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