ENH2980 - Introduction to fiction writing
6 points, SCA Band 1, 0.125 EFTSL
Undergraduate Faculty of Arts
Leader(s): Chandani Lokuge
Clayton First semester 2009 (Day)
In the collaborative atmosphere of workshops, students will use a range of set readings to experiment with the elements of fiction: narrative technique and point of view, characterization, story, plotting and action, setting, figurative language etc., editing skills and preparing a manuscript for publication. The workshops will integrate reading, writing and editing skills through three activities: the study of a wide range of texts which will be used as models for students' creative explorations; writing exercises designed to develop students' skills in aspects of short story writing; editing of students' own writing and that of their colleagues and offering constructive criticism.
By the conclusion of this subject students should have:
- Been introduced to the elements of short fiction and gained "hands-on" experience in writing short stories.
- Responded critically and imaginatively to a diverse range of short stories from Australia and beyond.
- Related current critical debate about creative writing to their own work.
- Developed editing and revision skills.
- Extended their awareness of the requirements of the publishing industry.
Written work: 70% (4000 words)
In class exercise/test: 20%
2 hours (1 x 1 hour lecture and 1 x 1 hour workshop) per week
A First-year sequence in English, Visual Culture, Drama and Theatre Studies or Comparative Literature and Cultural Studies or permission.