Available in 2022
Course code



10 units


2000 level

Course handbook


Short fiction is often the first challenge in the creative writer’s career and has become a vital component of major writing programs across the world. This course offers a practice-led approach to understanding and applying the techniques used to create short stories. Both the work of Australian and international writers, as well as the original writing of students, will be used to explore this foundational literary form.



  • Semester 1 - 2022


  • Semester 2 - 2022

Learning outcomes

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

1. Identify key writing elements used in short fiction.

2. Explain the techniques used by fiction writers.

3. Apply editorial processes to the development of written work.

4. Create works of short fiction that reflect an understanding of writing craft.


The course will cover the key aspects of short fiction including:

  • different narrative modes
  • concept development
  • characterisation
  • perspective
  • plot and story structure
  • line and structural editing
  • genre

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.

Contact hours



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



Online 2 hour(s) per Week for 12 Weeks

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