Available in 2022
Course code



10 units


3000 level

Course handbook


This course offers advanced training in fiction writing for students aiming to write their first novel. Through a study of exemplars in different genres and the development of their own work and ideas, students will explore the narrative options available in the writing of a novel. They will learn how to edit, redraft and shape a larger work both collaboratively and independently.



  • Semester 1 - 2022

Learning outcomes

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

1. Describe and analyse the technical decisions made by novelists writing in different genres.

2. Use a range of writing techniques common to prose fiction.

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

4. Identify through independent research and class discussion, issues relating to the writing of novels such as genre, target audience and writing process.

5. Develop scenes and opening chapters that reflect the technical features of novelistic writing.


This course lays the foundation for the development of a novel. Students will study larger issues like genre, reading audience, theme, structure, voice and style, besides working on basic features such as scene, plot and character. They will learn to shape their work through drafts and redrafts in collaborative workshops and through consultation with the lecturer.

Assessment items

Professional Task: Short Creative Assignment (20%)

Professional Task: Long Creative Assignment (50%)

Professional Task: Query letter (20%)

Quiz: Online quizzes (10%)

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

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