This unit of study focuses on fiction writing and develops writing techniques and approaches to fiction. 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. In this unit students are asked to write, workshop and edit pieces of narrative fiction.

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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. Apply critical tools for editing and redrafting their own fiction and for providing feedback to fellow writers;  
  2. Reflect upon aspects of creative writing theory as a basis for developing their own creative writing; and  
  3. Review and synthesise a range of approaches and techniques used by contemporary fiction writers and develop critical reading skills  


Assessment type Description Grade
Creative Works Short story draft with brief commentary 30%
Creative Works Final story draft 40%
Presentation Reflection on own writing process 30%

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