Area of Study
Creative Writing, English, Literature, Literatures in English
Taught In English
Course Level Recommendations
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Recommended U.S. Semester Credits5
Recommended U.S. Quarter Units7
Hours & Credits
OverviewDescriptionStudents are brought into close contact with creative practice in both mainstream and emergent forms of fiction and narrative as they investigate the question 'what is fiction?'. The subject introduces a wide range of recent and modern forms of fiction writing as technical examples and thematic models. Throughout the semester students produce and collectively workshop their own writing in fiction or script. At the same time, critical debate within the class explores the limits and the possibilities of the contemporary text together with the functional operation of categories such as 'author', 'genre', 'narrative', 'performance', 'subjectivity', 'meaning', 'reading', 'writing' and 'text', including in relation to innovative formats such as hypertext or other electronic formats. Students are encouraged to choose within a wide range of fictional forms for their creative writing.Subject objectivesa. Write using creative and imaginative practicesb. Analyse and edit self-reflectively and criticallyc. Describe fictional formsd. Develop a specific form of a narrativee. Collaborate with peersTeaching and learning strategiesThe subject is delivered in lecture/tutorial/seminar mode. This subject combines lectures, practical writing exercises, critical presentations, UTS on-line peer-to-peer-assessment, workshopping and the discussion of a range of examples and critical material relating to three fictional forms: novella, screenplay and short fiction. Skills are developed through attention paid to the elements of narrative and form. In week five students are streamed into separate classes to focus on the particular exigencies of their chosen fictional form. This subject provides students with a workshop environment for producing and revising new creative work and a space for critical reflection on the writing process.ContentA creative and theoretical exploration of the three fictional forms ? novella, screenplay and short fiction ? that investigates the historical and cultural context of the three genres.Students engage in a creative development process at the same time as reading and critically analysing both prose and script. The similarities and the differences between the three genres are explored before students focus on their chosen form.The theory and practice of creative writing will include critical debate on form and technique, character and dialogue, focalization and point of view; narration and voice; time and space; narrative and text and structure.AssessmentAssessment task 1: Minor Fictional PieceObjective(s):a, b and dWeight: 30%Length: 1,000 wordsCriteria:Accomplishment of narrativeInventiveness and originality of writingIntegration of critical feedbackLevel of informed and creative exchangeAssessment task 2: Critical presentationObjective(s):b, c and eWeight: 20%Length:Class presentation: 5-10 minutesWritten paper: 1-2 pages (maximum of 500 words)Criteria:Insight and originality in discussion of chosen materialLevel of critical analysisLevel of informative and creative exchangeTimely use of UTS OnlineAssessment task 3: Major Narrative or Equivalent in Selected Fictional FormObjective(s):a, b and eWeight: 50%Criteria:Inventiveness, originality and consistency of writingStructure of workIntegration of self-assessment and critical feedbackLevel of informative and creative exchangeTimely use of UTS Online
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.