The University of Newcastle, Australia
Available in 2019

Course handbook


This course offers advanced training in fiction writing for students aiming to write their first novel. Through a study of exemplary novels and their own practice-led learning, students will explore the narrative options available in the writing of sustained fiction. They will learn how to edit, redraft and shape a larger work both collaboratively and independently.

Availability2019 Course Timetables


  • Semester 1 - 2019

Learning outcomes

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

1. Identify and analyse a range of techniques common to novel writing.

2. Effectively use a range of writing techniques common to novel writing.

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. Demonstrate an understanding of significant elements of the novel such as genre and structure.

6. Develop scenes and chapters that reflect the structural and technical features of novel writing.


This course lays the foundation for the development of a novel from the inchoate idea to the final draft. Through reading and discussing the work of exemplary novelists and practicing their own writing, students will study and apply the skills and techniques involved in shaping a sustained work of fiction, They will attend to larger issues like genre, 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: Writing a scene (20%)

Professional Task: First chapter of a novel (50%)

Written Assignment: Scene Analysis (10%)

Quiz: Four short tests on the techniques used in set texts for the course. (10%)

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


Online Activity

Online 2 hour(s) per Week for 4 Weeks


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