Course Title: Storytelling

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Storytelling

Credit Points: 12.00

Important Information:

In 2021 this course was titled 'Short Story Writing'

From Semester 1 2022 this course is titled 'Storytelling'

Please note that this course may have compulsory in-person attendance requirements for some teaching activities. 

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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,
Sem 2 2021,
Sem 2 2022,
Sem 2 2023

Course Coordinator: Dr Ronnie Scott

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 4815

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Location: Building 9, Level 5

Course Coordinator Availability: By appointment

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities


Course Description

Storytelling is a key communication element in a wide range of settings, from traditional short stories to mixed media experiments, designing a brand, inspiring change in the world, seeking to create empathy and generate new understandings, or taking charge of your own life narrative. This is a cross-disciplinary course where you will explore the art of story writing – including theme, genre, voice, structure and experimentation – in order to develop broadly applicable storytelling skills.   Through the development of writing and editing skills, you will learn the craft of creating compelling stories to engage, inspire and educate your audience. Through the analysis of a range of works by local and international storytellers, you will learn to recognise, articulate and create the stories that write our lives. By participating in class discussion, writing exercises and peer workshopping, you will develop an appreciation for a wide array of storytelling forms and begin to create your own. Weekly guest lecturers will share how they apply storytelling principles and techniques in their profession.

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.

Course Learning Outcomes Upon successful completion of this course, you will be able to: 

1. Critically read and analyse a wide range of stories. 
2. Analyse and communicate concepts and conventions of storytelling, 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 storytelling.

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. Delivery may be face to face, online or a mix of both.

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

There are services available to support your learning through the University Library. The Library provides guides on academic referencing and subject specialist help as well as a range of study support services. For further information, please visit the Library page on the RMIT University website and the myRMIT student portal.

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 Tasks

Assessment Task 1: Experimental Short Story (25%) Linked CLOs: 3, 4
Assessment Task 2: Short Personal Essay (30%) Linked CLOs: 1, 2, 4
Assessment Task 3: Short Story (35%) + Reflection (10%) Linked CLOs: 2, 3, 4

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 Equitable Learning Services if you would like to find out more.

Your course assessment conforms to RMIT assessment principles, regulations, policies, procedures and instructions.