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Writing the Short Story
Wield the essential elements of narrative and structure as you continue to develop your writing practice. Workshop your creative concepts. Uncover new possibilities in the contemporary writing form. Produce a piece of creative writing for peer review.
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On successful completion of this unit, you will be able to:
- Apply skills in relation to craft and technique to the writing of short-form fiction.
- Critique and evaluate their own creative writing process
- Utilise technical creative writing terms, vocabulary and narrative studies in discussion.
- Undertake close reading and analysis of literary and theoretical texts.
- Appraise and critique students’ creative writing in a workshop environment.
- A week-by-week guide to the topics you will explore in this subject will be provided in your study materials.
You should not enrol in this subject if you have successfully completed any of the following subject(s) because they are considered academically equivalent:
- MAQ-ENGX307-Creative Writing 3: Narrative Fiction (No longer available)
You must have successfully completed the following subject(s) before starting this subject:one of
- MAQ-ENGX2033-Concepts and Practice in Fiction and Poetry
- MAQ-ENGX233-Creative Writing 2: Concept and Practice (No longer available)
NCCW (pre-2020 units): ENG340, ENGL307, ENGL335, ENGX307 Pre-requisite: 20cp at 2000 level including ENGX2033 or ENGX233
- Other requirements -
Students who have an Academic Standing of Suspension or Exclusion under Macquarie University's Academic Progression Policy are not permitted to enrol in OUA units offered by Macquarie University. Students with an Academic Standing of Suspension or Exclusion who have enrolled in units through OUA will be withdrawn.
This unit focus on developing skill in the production of short-form fiction, including short story and micro/flash fiction. Students investigate short story structures through close reading of exemplary texts, critical analysis, and writing exercises. A range of narrative techniques key to narrative fiction are explored and applied to students’ own work. Students engage in close reading and analysis of published stories. At the outcome of the unit, students will have read and analysed a range of short-form fictions and have written a short story or series of linked micro fictions for their major work.
- Creative Work (major) (50%)
- Participatory task (30%)
- Quizzes (20%)
Current study term: 25 Jul 21 to 05 Nov 21
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