Creative Writing: The Art of Fiction

University of Newcastle

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Creative Writing: The Art of Fiction

  • Host University

    University of Newcastle

  • Location

    Newcastle, Australia

  • Area of Study

    Creative Writing, Literature

  • Language Level

    Taught In English

  • Course Level Recommendations


    ISA offers course level recommendations in an effort to facilitate the determination of course levels by credential evaluators.We advice each institution to have their own credentials evaluator make the final decision regrading course levels.

    Hours & Credits

  • Contact Hours

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


    This course offers mid-level training in fiction writing for students aiming to write their first fictions. Through a study of exemplary texts and their own work, students explore narrative options available in the writing of fiction. Students will also learn to revise their work in the quest for a finished literary product.

    Learning Outcomes

    1. An understanding of the various genres of fiction and narrative theory

    2. A detailed understanding of the techniques involved in shaping a story

    3. Core skills in written communication, in textual analysis and in creative practice

    4. A detailed understanding of narrative fiction and theories which inform particular kinds of it

    5. Core skills in written communication, in textual analysis and in creative practice

    6. Develop their own work in response to their readings of Australian and international writers and have started to develop their own style


    Fiction is a vital component of major creative writing programs. Students explore the various forms such as flash fiction, the short story, novella and novel. In particular, they will learn the skills and techniques of crafting a good story from close reading of Australian and international examples. They will analyse the skills and techniques used by major writers in each form, and learn to apply them in shaping their own creative work.

    Assessment Items

    Written Assignment: Short Creative Assignment

    Written Assignment: Long Creative Assignment

    Essay: Reflective Essay

    Online Learning Activity: Online Workshop

Course Disclaimer

Courses and course hours of instruction are subject to change.

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.