Writing Short Fiction
Start the next chapter in your literary learning. Learn about the traditions, parameters and possibilities of short fiction at an intermediate level. Join workshop discussions and dissect each other’s work. Find your flow with drafting and editing.
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- 01 Jun 2020
- 30 Nov 2020
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At the completion of this subject students will be able to:
- identify the traditions, parameters and possibilities of the short story form and apply to the creation of new exploratory work.
- demonstrate skills in the close reading of short stories as a means of approaching the form from a writing point of view.
experiment with various methods, devices and techniques commonly used in conceiving and developing short fiction.
reflect on constructive criticism of one's own short fiction and appraise work-in-progress of peers.
conceive, draft and complete a series of works of short fiction.
- Introduction to Short Fiction
- Showing: Detail and Images
- Dialogue and Characterisation
- Direct and Indirect Characterisation
- Workshop Practice
- Fictional Place
- Fictional Time
- Plot and Structure
- Point of view
- Creativity and Story Design
- Revision and Reflexivity
- Drafting and editing
No eligibility requirements
No special requirements
An intermediate subject in the theory and practice of writing short prose fiction. Emphasis on critical workshop discussion leading to completed examples of the students own work. The curriculum further encourages an appreciation of language through textual consideration and the practice of creative writing, including drafting and editing.
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- Short story plus reflection - demonstrating characters in conflict (25%)
- Writers Journal (35%)
- Short story plus reflection (40%)
Writing Fiction: A Guide to Narrative Craft, 10th ed.
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