Course Title: Produce Writings - Short Story

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term1 2008

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
6Use of autobiography
7Humour in storytelling
8Storytelling and the realm of the fantastic
9The construct of memory
10The use of descriptive detail in storytelling
11The use of dialogue in short story
12The supended story
13Magic realist tradition in short story
14Detective fiction
15Science fiction
16Horror story
17Best stories from the course
18Conclusion to the term work

Semester 2

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

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

Each short story can comprise one long story or a series of smaller texts, 2500 words in total. The stories can use ideas explored in class or independent explorations. The student chooses the relevant content and form of the story.

Due dates
Story 1 – Week beginning 31 March
Story 2 – Week beginning  12 May
Story 3 – Week beginning  18 August
Story 4 – Week beginning  29 September

Assessment Matrix

Not applicable.

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