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Unit description

Introduces students to a range of different writing strategies and techniques for short creative prose, specifically short fiction, through practical work and a range of readings. Students also develop drafting and self-editing skills. 

Unit content

Topic 1: Introducing the short story

Topic 2: Structure

Topic 3: Voice, character, and point of view

Topic 4: Language and style

Topic 5: The development of the short story

Topic 6: The short story in the Americas

Topic 7: Australasian short stories

Topic 8: Genre and the short story

Topic 9: Experimental, new, and subversive writing

Topic 10: Other short forms

Topic 11: Publishing short stories in Australia

Topic 12: Review week

Learning outcomes

Unit Learning Outcomes express learning achievement in terms of what a student should know, understand and be able to do on completion of a unit. These outcomes are aligned with the graduate attributes. The unit learning outcomes and graduate attributes are also the basis of evaluating prior learning.

On completion of this unit, students should be able to:
1recognise a range of writing strategies and features of the short story form
2demonstrate an ability to devise and develop a short story within the genre of their own choosing
3understand their own writing practice in the context of short fiction forms, genres, and traditions
4reflect critically and constructively on their own and others' writing.

On completion of this unit, students should be able to:

  1. recognise a range of writing strategies and features of the short story form
  2. demonstrate an ability to devise and develop a short story within the genre of their own choosing
  3. understand their own writing practice in the context of short fiction forms, genres, and traditions
  4. reflect critically and constructively on their own and others' writing.

Prescribed texts

  • No prescribed texts.
Prescribed texts may change in future study periods.

Teaching and assessment

Teaching method
Tutorial on-site 2 hours (12 weeks)
Lecture online 1 hour (12 weeks)
Assessment
Synopsis15%
Final Creative Work45%
Critical review40%

Teaching method
Tutorial online 1 hour  (12 weeks)
Lecture online 1 hour (12 weeks)
Structured online learning 1 hour (12 weeks)
Assessment
Synopsis15%
Final Creative Work45%
Critical review40%
Notice

Intensive offerings may or may not be scheduled in every session. Please refer to the timetable for further details.

Southern Cross University employs different teaching methods within units to provide students with the flexibility to choose the mode of learning that best suits them. SCU academics strive to use the latest approaches and, as a result, the learning modes and materials may change. The most current information regarding a unit will be provided to enrolled students at the beginning of the study session.

Fee information

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