Course Title: Short Form Fiction Writing

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Short Form Fiction Writing

Credit Points: 12


Terms

Course Code

Campus

Career

School

Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)

COMM2736

City Campus

Undergraduate

345T Media and Communication

Face-to-Face

Sem 1 2016,
Sem 2 2016,
Sem 1 2017,
Sem 2 2017

Course Coordinator: Penny Johnson

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 4383

Course Coordinator Email: penny.johnson@rmit.edu.au


Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

None


Course Description

In this course you will explore the writing of short form fiction for diverse Australian and international markets. You will explore the possibilities that digital publishing has created not only for the traditional short story but also for short fiction modes such as flash fiction, micro-fiction and very short fiction.
 
You will read, analyse and discuss a wide range of short fiction and explore traditional and more experimental storytelling conventions through writing activities. You will write stories in different modes and workshop your writing with your peers and teacher.
 


Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

Upon successful completion of this course, you will be able to:

  • write original text using diverse short form fiction genres
  • identify and apply storytelling techniques to give stories impact when working to restrictive word length
  • analyse and discuss how length and publication mode impacts on the way you can tell stories
  • give informed feedback to others on their short fiction writing, and use the insights of others on your own work
  • identify and analyse a range of different publications, platforms and/or markets for your own short fiction.


Program Learning Outcomes

This is an option course, which will complement the Program Learning Outcomes you are developing in your program.


Overview of Learning Activities

The learning activities included in this course are:

  • studios, where you will learn through practice, exploration and reflection
  • lectures, which provide the framework for exploring short form fiction writing
  • completion of class exercises designed to clarify course content and practice 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.

A list of recommended learning resources will be provided by your lecturer, including books, journal articles and web resources. You will also be expected to seek further resources relevant to the focus of your own learning.

The University Library has extensive resources for Professional Writing and Editing students. The Library has produced a subject guide that includes quality online and print resources for your studies http://rmit.libguides.com/wcprp.

The Library provides guides on academic referencing: http://www.rmit.edu.au/library/referencing and subject specialist help via your Liaison Librarian.
 


Overview of Assessment

You will be assessed on how well you meet the course’s learning outcomes and on your development against the program learning outcomes. Assessment may include presentations, written work and feedback to peers on their writing.

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.

Your course assessment conforms to RMIT assessment principles, regulations, policies, procedures and instructions which are available for review online: Assessment Policy


Assessment Tasks


Assessment Task 1: Microfiction assignment (15%)

Analyse an Australian or international publication or outlet that publishes microfiction, write a suitable piece for that market and present on this to the class.

This assessment will cover the following course learning outcomes:

  • write original text using diverse short form fiction genres
  • analyse and discuss how length and publication mode impacts on the way you can tell stories
  • identify and analyse a range of different publications, platforms and/or markets for your own short fiction.

Assessment Task 2: Flash fiction folio (35%)

Write a series of short fiction pieces for specific markets.

This assessment will cover the following course learning outcomes:

  • write original text using diverse short form fiction genres
  • identify and apply storytelling techniques to give a story impact when working to restrictive word lengths
  • identify and analyse a range of different publications, platforms and/or markets for your own short fiction.


Assessment Task 3: Short story (50%)

Through the class workshopping process, write, draft and revise a short story for a specific publication.

This assessment will cover the following course learning outcomes:

  • write original text using diverse short form fiction genres
  • give informed feedback to others on their short fiction writing, and use the insights of others on your own work.