Writing Short Fiction

Griffith University

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Writing Short Fiction

  • Host University

    Griffith University

  • Location

    Gold Coast, Australia

  • Area of Study

    Creative Writing

  • Language Level

    Taught In English

  • Prerequisites

    Assumed Background:

    • This is a Year 2-level writing course in the Creative Writing major and is especially suitable as an elective for students in the Literature, Film and Media, Journalism and Education majors.
    • Any student is welcome to undertake this course as a way of learning to write short stories.

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    Hours & Credits

  • Credit Points

  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
    3 - 4
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
    4 - 6
  • Overview

    Course Description
    This course focuses on techniques used in the writing of contemporary short fiction. It provides students with an understanding of technical aspects of writing in several genres, styles and viewpoints in the short story form, and approaches short fiction from a variety of perspectives such as history, aesthetics, and print and digital cultures. The purpose of the course is to develop an enhanced understanding of contemporary short fiction while promoting the student's ability to write engaging short stories. Students will have opportunity to develop skills and knowledge applicable to a range of publishing outcomes and will be provided with a supportive environment for producing a folio of original work reflecting their development during the semester.
    Course Introduction
    Short fiction is a form of writing that holds significance both in its historical development and in the opportunities that it has afforded contemporary writers nationally and internationally. It also has become one of the literary forms most revitalised by the growth of the world wide web. This course explores the short story as a many varied form that has offered and continues to offer both creative and intellectual opportunities to writers and audiences past and present.
    Course Aims
    The course aims to:
    • explore and develop your understanding of the short story form in both critical and creative fashion;
    • examine the broad spectrum of experience that the short story form covers and the historical and geographical scope of its production;
    • address this range from critical, creative and practical perspectives and expand your understanding of contemporary writing in the literary context and in the wider discourse of contemporary media;
    • apply experience and understanding gained through reading to individual writing skills e.g. in the exercises undertaken during the semester; and
    • promote critical judgment through your personal reading, and through discussion with your peers based on the course readings.
    Learning Outcomes
    After successfully completing this course you should be able to:
    1. analyse and discuss both contemporary and historical short fiction.
    2. write short fiction both as a form of writing exercise and as part of one's art practice.
    3. have developed your reading and analytical skills
    4. have developed your capacity to work in a team.
    5. have developed your knowledge of a range of international literatures.

Course Disclaimer

Courses and course hours of instruction are subject to change.

Eligibility for courses may be subject to a placement exam and/or pre-requisites.

Credits earned vary according to the policies of the students' home institutions. According to ISA policy and possible visa requirements, students must maintain full-time enrollment status, as determined by their home institutions, for the duration of the program.