Course Title: Short Story Writing

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Short Story Writing

Credit Points: 12


Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


City Campus


345H Media and Communication


Sem 1 2006,
Sem 1 2007,
Sem 2 2007,
Sem 1 2008,
Sem 2 2008,
Sem 2 2017,
Sem 2 2018,
Sem 2 2019,
Sem 2 2020

Course Coordinator: Ms Rose Michael

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 3880

Course Coordinator Email:

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities


Course Description

Short Story Writing is a course open to students outside of the Creative Writing program. It will introduce you to key aspects of writing short stories, including themes, genre, voice, structure and experimentation. You will explore the short story form through the analysis of a range of short stories by local and international writers, and develop short story writing skills through writing exercises and discussion. You will be expected to have your writing workshopped at least once during the semester—i.e. a writing sample will be presented for peer and lecturer critique in your tutorial.

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

In this course you will develop the following program learning outcomes:

  • Create, develop and produce new creative writing to reflect intention and ideas within a range of theoretical frameworks and contexts relevant to short story writing.
  • Synthesise and apply learned skills of writing, reading, revising and researching to inform, improve and position your creative writing effectively.

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

  1. Critically read and analyse a wide range of short stories.
  2. Analyse and communicate ideas as a creative writer, reflecting on your own and others’ writing.
  3. Create and produce creative work that reflects intention and ideas.
  4. Apply editing skills to improve your own writing.

Overview of Learning Activities

You will be actively engaged in learning that involves a range of activities such as studios, project work, lectures, tutorials, class discussion, individual and group activities.

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 Creative Writing students. The Library has produced a subject guide that includes quality online and print resources for your studies

The Library provides guides on academic 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 essays, reports, reflective papers, creative projects and presentations, individually and in groups. Assessment will cover both theoretical and practical aspects of your learning.

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 Equitable Learning Services 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

Experimental Short Story (500 words, or max 1-2 pages). Due WEEK 5 30% Linked CLOs: 3, 4 

Short Personal Essay (1000 words). Due WEEK 9 30% Linked CLOs: 1, 2, 4

Short Story (1500 words). Due WEEK 12 30% PLUS Reflection 10%. Linked CLOs: 2, 3, 4