Course Title: Produce Writings - Short Story

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term1 2012

Course Code: COMM5403

Course Title: Produce Writings - Short Story

School: 345T Media and Communication

Campus: City Campus

Program: C4171 - Certificate IV in Professional Writing and Editing

Course Contact : Program Administration

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 9925 4815

Course Contact Email:mctafe@rmit.edu.au


Name and Contact Details of All Other Relevant Staff

Teacher: Ms Ania Walwicz
Phone: 03 99254525
Email: ania.walwicz@rmit.edu.au

Nominal Hours: 105

Regardless of the mode of delivery, represent a guide to the relative teaching time and student effort required to successfully achieve a particular competency/module. This may include not only scheduled classes or workplace visits but also the amount of effort required to undertake, evaluate and complete all assessment requirements, including any non-classroom activities.

Pre-requisites and Co-requisites

At RMIT, Produce Writings – Short Story is delivered and assessed along with the following competencies:

• CUSRAD01A – Collect and organise information
• CUVCOR03A – Develop, refine and communicate concept
• CUVCOR11A – Source information on history and theory and apply to own work

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 and techniques  while creating your own body of work.


National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

VBP552 Produce Writings - Short Story

Element:

Analyse the purpose of the writing task

Performance Criteria:

1.1 The purpose of the work is confirmed with relevant parties
1.2 The form, media and technique most appropriate to the purpose of the writing task is selected
1.3 The stylistic and cultural context of the writing task is proposed to meet the writing objective

Element:

Create the writing task

Performance Criteria:

2.1 The level and scope of the writing task is analysed to determine the length and style of the work
2.2 The level of research required to fulfil the agreed outcome to the required style and standard is analysed
2.3 The resources necessary to retrieve or generate the relevant information is determined
2.4 The type and level of information required to suit the context of the writing task is planned

Element:

Investigate the scope of the writing task

Performance Criteria:

3.1 The writing task is planned to reflect the media, scope, structure and content of the work and to meet agreed timelines
3.2 Ideas are organised and developed into an ordered sequence.
3.3 All resources required to deliver the writing task are organised
3.4 A timeline for the completion of the writing task that reflects the critical milestones is determined

Element:

Plan the writing task

Performance Criteria:

4.1 Components of the information required and the form in which the writing will be developed, constructed and presented is resolved
4.2 The intention of the writing task and the characteristics of the audience are reflected in the writing
4.3 Appropriate processes and research are utilised to retrieve the necessary information
4.4 The particular characteristics of the media are analysed to inform the writing in a way that is appropriate for the purpose of the writing
4.5 Relevant information sources are employed to generate and inform the writing task
4.6 Common literary devices and the metaphoric function of language are integrated into the writing task
4.7 Writing task is produced in accordance with writing goals

Element:

Realise the writing task

Performance Criteria:

5.1 The writing task is appropriate for the media, the context of the brief and the style of the subject matter
5.2 The language in which the writing task is written is suitable for the intended audience
5.3 The writing task is proofed and edited to the standard required for presentation
5.4 A draft is presented, if required, to the client to confirm that the work is acceptable
5.5 Work is adjusted as required and presented in the agreed manner and timeframe


Learning Outcomes



On successful completion of this unit, you will have gained insight into the theory and practice of short story writing. Through research and the practical application of theory,  you will be able to develop an initial concept into a written work.


Details of Learning Activities

Learning Activities In-class activities:
• classroom-based lectures
• creative writing exercises
• teacher directed group activities/projects
• peer teaching and class presentations
• group discussion
• class exercises to review discussions/lectures
• class readings of short stories
• workshopping of students’ own projects


Out-of-class activities:
• independent writing and reading
• online and other research
• independent study


Teaching Schedule

Please note: While your teacher will cover all the material in this schedule, the weekly order is subject to change depending on class needs and availability of speakers and resources.

Week StartingClass ContentCompetencies and Elements
 SEMESTER 1 
 Week 1 
 
Introduction to short story writing
Intoduction to the class, its aims and procedures
Outline of the short story format
 VBP 552 Analyse the purpose of the writing task
CUSRAD01A Collect information
CUVCOR03A Develop concept
CUVCOR11A Collect information on history and theory
 Week 2
 Strategies and aims of the storyteller
Discussion of the various aims that narrative proposes
The formation of narrative and the reading of narrative form
 VBP 552 Analyse the purpose of the writing task
CUSRAD01A Collect information
CUVCOR03A Develop concept
CUVCOR11A Collect information on history and theory
 Week 3
 The classical short story
The history of short story writing
Making a plan for a story
 VBP 552 Analyse the purpose of the writing task /Investigate the scope of the writing task
CUSRAD01A Assess the information
CUVCOR11A Collect information on history and theory
CUVCOR03A Develop concept
 Week 4
 The Australian short stort
Reading and discussion of a story
Reflection on form, content, context
VBP 552 Investigate the scope of the writing task
CUVCOR11A Collect information on history and theory
CUVCOR03A Develop concept
 Week 5
 The construct of the fairytale
Looking at the fairytale form
How can we compose fairytales
 CUVCOR03A Develop concept
CUVCOR11A Apply information to own area of work
VBP 552 Plan the purpose of the writing task
CUVCOR03A Communicate concept
 Week 6
 Use of autobiography
True life as narrative
The confessional mode in literature
 CUVCOR03A Develop concept / Communicate concept
VBP 552 Plan the purpose of the writing task / Create the writing teak
CUSRAD01A Assess the information
 Week 7
 Humour in storytelling
Reading and analysis of humour
Construction of a humourous text
 CUVCOR03A Refine concept / Communicate concept
CUVCOR11A Apply information to own area of work
VBP 552 Create the writing task
 Week 8
 Storytelling and the realm of the fantastic
Narrative dealing with the extraordinary
Reading and writing fantastic material
 CUVCOR11A Apply information to own area of work
CUVCOR03A Refine concept /Communicate concept
 Week 9
 The construct of memory
The use of memory trace in literature
Methods and tactics of the use of memory in writing
 CUVCOR11A Apply information to own area of work
CUVCOR03A Refine concept
VBP 552 Create the writing task
 Week 10
 The use of descriptive detail in storytelling
How to create and evoke images for the reader
Techniques and approaches
 
VBP 552 Created the writing task
 Week 11 
 The use of dialogue in short story
Looking at how dialogue features in storytelling
Qualified and unqualified dialogue
 
CUVCOR03A Refine concept
VBP 552 Create the writing task
 Week 12
 The suspended story
Stories that do not end neatly
Investigation of story formation
 VBP 552 Create the writing task
CUVCOR03A Refine concept
 Week 13
 Magic realist tradition in short story
Discussion of magic realist approaches and their use in storytelling
Trying out an elaborate way of writing
 VBP 552 Analyse the purpose of the writing task
CUVCOR03A Refine concept
 Week 14
 Detective fiction
The elements of detective fiction
Genre writing and its conventions
 
CUVCOR11A Apply information to own area of work
CUSRAD01A Collect relevant information
CUVCOR03A Refine concept
 Week 15
 Science fiction
Reading science fiction
Discussing its elements and functions
VBP 552 Realise the writing task
CUVCOR03A Refine concept
 Week 16
 Horror Story
How to frighten the reader
Looking at tactics and approaches
 CUVCOR03A Refine concept
VBP 552 Realise the writing task
CUVCOR11A Apply information to own area of work
Week 17Assessment week - no classes 
 SEMESTER 2 
 Week 1
 The Russian short story
Reading literature
Reflection on place and time
 VBP 552 Analyse the purpose of the writing task /Investigate the scope of the writing task
 Week 2
 The French short story
Reading and discussing story formats
Applying these formats to our work
 CUSRAD01A Collect relevant information
CUVCOR11A Collect information on history and theory
CUVCOR03A Develop concept
 Week 3
 The German short story
Considering storytelling and its influences
Trying out new tactics and approaches
 CUVCOR11A Collect information on history and theory/Apply information to own area of work
VBP 552 Create the writing task
CUSRAD01A Collect relevant information /Assess the information
 Week 4
 The American short story
New thoughts about the formation of narrative
Reflection on form
 CUVCOR11A Collect information on history and theory /Apply information to own area of work
VBP 552 Create the writing task
 Week 5
 Stream of consciousness
The use of inner thoughts of a character
The language of the interior
 VBP 552 ICreate the writing task
CUVCOR11A Collect information on history and theory /Apply information to own area of work
 Week 6
 The monologue form
The use of first person voice in writing
Story as a performative vehicle
VBP 552 Create the writing task
CUVCOR11A Collect information on history and theory  /Apply information to own area of work
 Week 7
 The adolescent voice
The tradition of the young narrator
How can we adopt this stance
 VBP 552 Create the writing task
CUVCOR03A Develop concept
 Week 8
 The flashback technique
Storytelling and the cinematic technique
Movement of time in a story
VBP 552 Create the writing task  CUVCOR11A Collect information on history and theory
 CUSRAD01A Organise the information
/ Communicate the information
 Week 9
 The fiction/non- fiction story
Feature story as short story
The new hybrid format
 VBP 552 Create the writing task
CUVCOR03A Develop concept
 Week 10
 The magazine story
Looking at a story from a magazine publication
Reflection and discussion

VBP 552 Create the writing task
CUVCOR03A Develop concept  / Communicate concept
 Week 11
 A story in segments

Use of segmentation in storytelling
The purpose and function of dividing the story
CUVCOR11A Apply information to own area of work
VBP 552 Create the writing task
 Week 12
 Interrelated stories in a sequence
The new form of a book of stories
Thinking of ideas of linkage of stories
 CUSRAD01A Organise the information
VBP 552 Plan the purpose of the writing task /Create the writing task
 Week 13
 Best stories from the course
Looking at the works published by students
Discussion and new approaches
 CUSRAD01A Organise the information
/ Communicate the information
 Week 14
 Creating atmosphere in a story
How to affect the reader
Tactics and approaches
 CUVCOR03A Communicate concept
VBP 552 Create the writing task
 Week 15
 Job stories
An area of storytelling about experience
Telling our stories
 CUVCOR03A Communicate concept
VBP 552 Realise the writing task
 Week 16
 Contemporary Japanese story
Reading recent work
Discussion and reflection
 CUVCOR11A Collect information on history and theory
VBP 552 Realise the writing task
Week 17Assessment Week - no classes 


Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts

Class hand-outs and recommendations will be made during the course of the year.


References

You are advised to look at the course blackboard site for ongoing updated information.


Other Resources

You require access to a computer and access to the internet for this course


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

To demonstrate competency in this course, you will need to complete the following pieces of assessment to a satisfactory standard. You will receive feedback on all assessment.

Semester 1
Assessment 1: Workshopping your own and other student work (5%) 

Assessment 2: Submission of one short story – 2,500 words (20%) Due 30/3/2012

Assessment 3: Submission of one short story – 2,500 words (20%) Due18/5/2012 

 Semester 2                                                                 
Assessment 4: Workshopping your own and other student work (5%)

Assessment 5: Class presentation on an aspect of  short  story(10%) Topic and date of presentation to be to be discussed with teacher

Assessment 6: Submission of one short story – 2,500 words (20%) Due 10/8/2012

Assessment 7: Submission of one short story – 2,500 words (20%) Du 12/10/2012


Grades used in this unit are as follows:

80 – 100% HD High Distinction
70 – 79% DI Distinction
60 – 69% CR Credit
50 – 59% PA Pass
Under 50% NN Fail


Assessment Matrix

The assessment matrix demonstrates alignment of assessment tasks with the relevant
Unit of Competency. These are available through the course contact in Program
administration

Other Information

Submission of Assessment Tasks
You are required to submit all assessment tasks in hard copy with a completed School of Media and Communication cover sheet. You are expected to keep a copy of all assignments submitted.

Late Submissions
If you are unable to complete any piece of assessment by the due date, you will need to apply for an extension before that due date.
Please refer to the course blackboard site for information on late submissions and on applying for an extension.

Feedback
You will receive both spoken and written feedback on your work. Where appropriate, this feedback will also include suggestions on how you can proceed to the next stage of developing your projects.

Academic Integrity
Academic Integrity is about the honest presentation of your academic work. Presenting work that fails to acknowledge other people’s work within yours can compromise academic integrity. For further information on academic integrity and plagiarism, please refer to the following URL. http://www.rmit.edu.au/browse;ID=kkc202lwe1yv

Special Consideration Policy
Please refer to the following URL for information on applying for special consideration:
http://www.rmit.edu.au/browse;ID=qkssnx1c5r0y;STATUS=A;PAGE_AUTHOR=Andrea%20Syers;SECTION=1
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