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Unit Summary

Unit type

UG Coursework Unit

Credit points

12

Unit aim

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:
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.

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 teaching periods.