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Short Fiction (CWRI20002)

Undergraduate level 2Points: 12.5On Campus (Parkville)

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Year of offer2019
Subject levelUndergraduate Level 2
Subject codeCWRI20002
Semester 2
FeesSubject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date

In this subject students will explore principles of the craft and theory of writing short fiction including graphic narrative. Students will read a variety of fiction texts from the beginning of the modernist era to contemporary fiction, ranging from Gogol to Chekhov, Hemingway, Faulkner, Munro, Garner, Keret and others.

Intended learning outcomes

On successful completion of this subject, students should be able to:

  • demonstrate a sophisticated and substantive understanding of recent developments and changes in published short fiction;
  • make independent and discerning application of the poetics of fiction-writing in producing their own pieces of short fiction;
  • understand through self-reflection and application of skills the context for influences, aims and aesthetic decisions underlying their own creative work; and
  • interact effectively with peers in a semi-structured group in order to achieve group goals.

Generic skills

At the completion of this subject, students should gain the following generic skills:

  • be able to apply analytic, independent, and critical skills to written texts;
  • apply problem-solving skills to creative and critical tasks;
  • complete written tasks to a high level of literacy and communication;
  • tackle unfamiliar problems with confidence and develop cognitive skills;
  • plan and develop their own work; and
  • work effectively with others while respecting individual differences.

Last updated: 11 October 2019