Course Title: Writing Fiction - Story and Structure

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Writing Fiction - Story and Structure

Credit Points: 12


Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


City Campus


345T Media and Communication


Sem 1 2012,
Sem 1 2013,
Sem 1 2014,
Sem 1 2015,
Sem 1 2016,
Sem 1 2017,
Sem 1 2019

Course Coordinator: Penny Johnson

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 4383

Course Coordinator Email:

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities


Course Description

This course focuses on the craft of fiction writing and introduces you to a range of forms and structures that arc over different fictional genres. Through workshopping your own writing and by reading a variety of fictional works you explore some of the major theories around storytelling, including: What is a story in the Western tradition? What makes a story engaging? What makes it a story? You learn about conventions particular to different forms of fiction while considering elements common to all: plot and character development, voice, point of view and the importance of narrative tempo. Through this, you gain insight into what makes a successful story from the point of view of both the writer and the editor.

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

Course Learning Outcomes
On successful completion of this course you will be able to:

  • explore the concept of ‘story’ and what makes a story engaging to readers
  • identify the elements of fiction writing
  • analyse and apply accepted storytelling conventions
  • explore the ways in which fictional narratives are constructed and employed
  • examine the concept of narrative voice
  • develop a critical awareness of your own writing
  • consider your writing from the point of view of the reader.

Program Learning Outcomes
In this course you will develop the following program learning outcomes:

  • acquire knowledge of writing and editing techniques; principles and practice of communication and writing for different audiences; emerging digital media and trends and developments in the publishing industry
  • acquire and apply the skills to write works of fiction and nonfiction, edit professionally, create digital content, design print and web-based products, develop and manage writing and editing projects
  • apply and creatively adapt theoretical and technical knowledge and skills to reflect the needs and expectations of varied readerships and markets.

Overview of Learning Activities

The learning activities included in this course are:

  • lectures, which provide the framework for exploring the elements of fiction writing
  • completion of class exercises designed to clarify course content and practise relevant skills
  • writing workshops to assist development of writing techniques with feedback from peers and teacher
  • independent study, working through the course requirements as presented in classes, online and through learning materials.

Overview of Learning Resources

RMIT will provide you with resources and tools for learning in this course through our online systems. All relevant course materials and lists of any suggested reading will be made available to you. You will also be expected to make use of the library resources.

Overview of Assessment

You will be assessed on how well you meet the course’s learning outcomes and on your development against the program capabilities.
Assessment may include a range of activities such as in-class exercises, assignments, and individual/group projects.

Feedback will be given on all assessment tasks.
If you have a long term medical condition and/or disability it may be possible to negotiate to vary aspects of the learning or assessment methods. You can contact the program coordinator or the Disability Liaison Unit if you would like to find out more.
An assessment charter ( ) summarises your responsibilities as an RMIT student as well as those of your teachers.
Your course assessment conforms to RMIT assessment principles, regulations, policies and procedures which are described and referenced in a single document:;ID=ln1kd66y87rc.