Course Title: Produce Writings - Short Story

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term1 2007

Course Code: COMM5403

Course Title: Produce Writings - Short Story

School: 345T Creative Media

Campus: City Campus

Program: C4171 - Certificate IV in Professional Writing and Editing

Course Contact : Brendan Lee

Course Contact Phone: +61 399254368

Course Contact

Name and Contact Details of All Other Relevant Staff

Ania Walwicz

Nominal Hours: 105

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Pre-requisites and Co-requisites


Course Description

In this course you explore the art of writing in the short story form while looking at the skills and knowledge needed to write and market your own short stories. You are introduced to the works of many different short story writers and experiment with a range of approaches, techniques and modes of writing while creating your own body of work.

National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

VBP552 Produce Writings - Short Story

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, you will be able to develop a concept suitable for a short story into a written work.

Details of Learning Activities

Students learn through classroom-based lectures, workshopping and creative writing exercises. Students are expected to do their own research and writing off-campus.

Teaching Schedule

Semester 1

1Introduction to short story writing
2Strategies and aims of the storyteller
3The classical short story
4The Australian short story
5The construct of the fairytale
6 Use of autobiography
7 Humour in storytelling
8 Storytelling and the realm of the fantastic
9 The construct of memory
10 The use of descriptive detail in storytelling
11 The use of dialogue in short story
12 The supended story
13 Magic realist tradition in short story
14 Detective fiction
15 Science fiction
16 Horror story
17 Best stories from the course
18 Conclusion to the term work

Semester 2

1 The Russian short story
2 The French short story
3 The German short story
4 The American short story
5 Stream of consciousness
6 The monologue form
7 The adolescent voice
8 The flashback technique
9 The fiction/non-fiction story
10 The magazine story
11 A story in segments
12 Interrelated stories in a sequence
13 Best stories from the course
14 Creating atmosphere in a story
15 Job stories
16 Contemporary Japanese story
17 The surrealist story and the use of dream material
18 Conclusion and reflection

Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts


Other Resources

Students will be given handouts and references for the library.

Overview of Assessment

Assessment for this course is ongoing throughout the semester. Your knowledge and understanding of course content is assessed through participation in class exercises, oral presentations and through the application of learned skills and insights to your writing tasks.

Assessment Tasks

Studnets will complete four short stories of 2,500 words each (a total of 10,000 words).

Assessment Matrix

Not applicable

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