Creative Writing 3: Narrative Fiction - 2017

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Unit summary


  • Level of Study: Undergraduate Level 3
  • Study load: 0.125 EFTSL
  • Delivery method: Fully Online
  • Prerequisites: Yes
  • Duration: 13 weeks
  • Government loans available: FEE-HELP, HECS-HELP
  • Availability for 2017: Sem1
  • Availability for 2018: Sem1
  • Assessment: Assignment 1 (20%) , Assignment 2 (35%) - Learn more

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2017 Fees
Domestic 793.00
HECS 793.00
International 1,043.00

This unit was previously known as ENG340 Creative Writing: Narrative and Structure.

This unit will expand on the writing theory and practice introduced in ENGX210 Creative Writing: A Practical Introduction. Students will develop their creative writing with a focus on essential elements of narrative and structure. Students are encouraged to develop one or more short stories and/or a sequence of conceptually linked poems during the unit. Learning will include workshopping of student writing and doing readings and exercises throughout the Study Period. The writing done for this unit must be self-contained and written specifically for this unit (no chapters of novels). Assessment will take into account students' creative work as well as their engagement with weekly workshops and group discussions.

At the completion of this unit students will be able to:

  1. demonstrate development of imaginative and fluent creative writing practices
  2. demonstrate a capacity to realise and produce a complete piece of creative writing
  3. have an understanding of the limits and possibilities of a variety of contemporary forms of creative writing
  4. have developed self-reflective, critical and analytical skills in writing and editing
  5. have honed skills in analysing and discussing the work of others in a workshop context.
  • Assignment 1 (20%)
  • Assignment 2 (35%)
  • Essay (15%)
  • Exercises (10%)
  • Online Discussion (20%)

Equivalent units

You cannot enrol in this unit if you have successfully completed any of the following unit(s) because they are considered academically equivalent:

  • ENG340 — Creative Writing: Narrative and Structure

Mandatory prerequisites

You must have successfully completed the following unit(s) before starting this unit:

If you have completed equivalent study at another university, please contact a Student Advisor for advice.

This unit addresses the following topics.

1Story and structure
2Narrative space
3Narrative time
4Character and dialogue
5The total effect

This unit is delivered using the following methods and materials:

Instructional Methods

  • Discussion Forum/Discussion Board
  • Online Quizzes/Tests
  • Online assignment submission
  • Standard Media

Online materials

  • Resources and Links

This unit is part of a major, minor, stream or specialisation in the following courses:

This unit may be eligible for credit towards other courses:

  1. Many undergraduate courses on offer through OUA include 'open elective' where any OUA unit can be credited to the course. You need to check the Award Requirements on the course page for the number of allowed open electives and any level limitations.
  2. In other cases, the content of this unit might be relevant to a course on offer through OUA or elsewhere. In order to receive credit for this unit in the course you will need to supply the provider institution with a copy of the Unit Profile in the approved format, which you can download here. Note that the Unit Profile is set at the start of the year, and if textbooks change this may not match the Co-Op textbook list.

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