This unit of study focuses on fiction writing and develops writing techniques and approaches to fiction practised in first year writing units of study. Students will have the opportunity to experiment and develop different genres of fiction writing, including literary fiction and genre fiction such as dystopian, speculative, horror and science fiction. Students will read and theorise fiction in the different genres, consider gender, class, race and identity, and engage with creative writing theory and practice-led research. In this unit students are asked to write, workshop and edit longer pieces of narrative fiction and to consider prospective markets for their fictional work. 

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ACP1055 - Story: Transforming the Blank Page

ACP1005 - Memoir: Secrets and Lies

Students must complete ACP1055 or ACP1005 before undertaking this unit. Students enrolled in course code ABAB and LBLA must complete at least 72 credit points (equivalent to 6 units) in Year 1 before undertaking any Level 2 units.



Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:
  1. Investigate a variety of fiction writing techniques and approaches behind the most compelling fiction;  
  2. Apply critical tools for editing and redrafting their own fiction and for providing feedback to fellow writers;  
  3. Reflect upon and nuance aspects of creative writing theory and research that will give them a sound basis for further academic study in the area of creative writing;  
  4. Critique and synthesise a range of approaches and techniques used by contemporary fiction writers and develop their critical reading skills; and  
  5. Locate current publication opportunities and work towards presenting work for publication, as well as various grants, websites and networks that are available for writers.  


Assessment type Description Grade
Review Journal review and presentation 30%
Creative Works Short story and critique 40%
Creative Works Folio based on in-class writing exercises 30%

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