Course Title: Building a Strong Narrative

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Building a Strong Narrative

Credit Points: 12


Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


City Campus


345T Media and Communication


Sem 2 2012,
Sem 2 2013,
Sem 2 2014,
Sem 2 2015,
Sem 2 2017,
Sem 2 2018,
Sem 2 2019

Course Coordinator: Penny Johnson

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 4383

Course Coordinator Email:

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

You are required to have completed Writing Fiction – Story and Structure (COMM2452)

Course Description

This course builds on the concepts outlined in Writing Fiction and Writing Non-fiction, by offering a deeper insight into crafting a successful narrative. You have the opportunity to develop your own work while exploring different elements of narrative such as pace, character development, story arc, point of view, tense, conflict, scene and metaphor. You develop an appreciation of the ways in which readers engage with a text and how narrative can be used to convey meaning across a range of social and cultural backdrops. You are also encouraged to investigate a variety of narrative styles to use in your own fiction and non-fiction writing.

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

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

  • research the elements of a narrative
  • identify ways in which you can use these elements to build a strong narrative
  • increase your knowledge of how audiences engage with a text
  • explore the ways in which fiction-writing techniques can be used to create non-fiction narratives.

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

  • 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
  • identify, analyse and reflect on relevant trends in writing and publishing in both local and international contexts
  • work with others in a range of roles and contexts, demonstrating cultural, environmental and social awareness.

Overview of Learning Activities

The learning activities included in this course are:  

  • lectures, which provide the framework for developing your narrative building skills.
  • class exercises and activities designed to clarify course content and practise relevant skills
  • writing workshops to assist development of appropriate techniques with feedback from peers and teacher
  • independent research and study, working through the course requirements as presented in classes, online and through learning materials

Overview of Learning Resources

Course information and learning materials are available through myRMIT and you are provided with selected written and visual material in class. You can also access a range of resources through the library, e-reserve, various archives and the web.

Overview of Assessment

Assessment for this course is ongoing throughout the semester. Assessment will include a range of activities such as in-class exercises, assignments, and individual/group projects.