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Subject details

  • Topics
    • Introduction: what are short stories and what is writing process?
    • How writing is produced and received: pre-writing/drafting/editing/the voice the audience hears/genre
    • The short story anatomised: elements and history of the short story form
    • How writing is narrated: narrative viewpoint
    • How ideas are conveyed: theme, allegory and symbolism/action/the music, the beat, the emotion/imagery strands
    • How writing is structured: structures for whole stories/structures for the prose sentence and paragraph/experimental structures/hypertext
    • Breaking out! - Avantgarde writing: innovative and radical ideas in writing
    • How writing uses setting: mood/atmosphere/symbolism/context for action/place, background, era, staging
    • How writing creates characters and uses dialogue: the psychology of a character/the intimacy of dialogue/the pace and structure of dialogue
    • New developments - graphic forms and design elements: history and development of the graphic story and graphic prose scripts
    • How writing is researched and edited: observing/remembering/notetaking/reading/getting out from behind your desk/the process of editing drafts
    • Breaking in! - The writing industry now: strategies for a successful short story writing practice/career
  • Study resources
    • Instructional Methods
      • Disscusion forum/Discussion Board
      • Online assignment submission
      • Standard Media
    • Online Materials
      • Resources and Links
      • Printable format materials
      • Online Assessment

At the completion of this subject you will be able to:

  1. recognise and understand theoretical and practical issues relevant to the craft of writing in the short story form
  2. analyse and discuss ideas relevant to creativity and creative/professional skills in their own work and in the work of others
  3. engage with the content of the subject through written skills, eg. in the production of an original creative folio (accompanied by exegetical writing) developed during the Study Period
  4. display critical judgment through reading and group discussion, eg. in an online discussion group based on subject readings.
  • Assignment 1 - Review (20%)
  • Assignment 2 - Portfolio 1 (25%)
  • Assignment 3 - Online Discussion (25%)
  • Assignment 4 - Portfolio 2 (30%)

Textbooks are subject to change within the academic year. Students are advised to purchase their books no earlier than one to two months before the start of a subject

No eligibility requirements

Special requirements

No special requirements

This subject provides you with an understanding of technical aspects of writing in various genres, styles and viewpoints in the short story form. You will explore a range of practical, critical and editorial strategies. You will examine aspects of your own writing process in critical depth and also aspects of the nature of creativity and creative skills through reading acclaimed writers' works.

You will have opportunity to develop skills and understandings related to a variety of publishing outcomes and will be provided with a supportive environment for producing a folio of original work reflecting your development during the Study Period.

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