Course Title: Refine writing and editing techniques - Short Story

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term1 2007

Course Code: COMM5412

Course Title: Refine writing and editing techniques - Short Story

School: 345T Creative Media

Campus: City Campus

Program: C5181 - Diploma of Professional Writing and Editing

Course Contact : Professional Writing and Editing Administration

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 9925 4368

Course Contact

Name and Contact Details of All Other Relevant Staff

Laurie Clancy
9925 4340 (w)

Ania Walwicz

Nominal Hours: 85

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Pre-requisites and Co-requisites

Produce Writings – Short Story (VBVP552)

Course Description

This course covers the knowledge and skills required to research and experiment with writing and editing techniques and media to generate writings. It investigates the short story format through discussion of the works of a wide variety of authors. This involves reading their work, textual analysis, class discussion and exploring approaches to creative writing.

National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

VBP553 Refine writing and editing techniques - Short Story

Learning Outcomes

Not applicable

Details of Learning Activities

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

Teaching Schedule

1–4Origin and development of the form of the short story
5–8The nineteenth century short story
9–17The modernist movement – Joyce, Chekhov etc.
18Revision and overview of Semester 1
19–22The short story in the twentieth century
23–30Modes and genres of the short story – fantasy, magic realism, dirty realism, etc.
31–35The contemporary short story
36Conclusion and overview of Semester 2

Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts


Other Resources

Students will be given resource material in class.

Overview of Assessment

Assessment includes short stories, a short written commentary, a class presentation and class exercises.

Assessment Tasks

At the end of the course students must submit a total of 10,000 words of short fiction in any form – for example, one long story or four stories of about 2,500 words each.

Assessment Matrix

Not applicable

Other Information

Students are invited to bring photocopied samples of their own work, which are then handed out to the class who discuss and critique them in workshops. Students are permitted to submit the same samples more than once for comment. Various exercises are handed out by the teacher for the students to perform, either in class or at home. Students’ attention is also directed to appropriate anthologies of short stories and collections by major authors, which may help their work.

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