Fictional Forms


Course Description

  • Course Name

    Fictional Forms

  • Host University


  • Location

    Sydney, Australia

  • Area of Study

    Creative Writing, English, Literature, Literatures in English

  • Language Level

    Taught In English

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    Hours & Credits

  • Credit Points

  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
  • Overview

    Students 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 objectives
    a. Write using creative and imaginative practices
    b. Analyse and edit self-reflectively and critically
    c. Describe fictional forms
    d. Develop a specific form of a narrative
    e. Collaborate with peers
    Teaching and learning strategies
    The 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.
    A 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.
    Assessment task 1: Minor Fictional Piece
    a, b and d
    Weight: 30%
    Length: 1,000 words
    Accomplishment of narrative
    Inventiveness and originality of writing
    Integration of critical feedback
    Level of informed and creative exchange
    Assessment task 2: Critical presentation
    b, c and e
    Weight: 20%
    Class presentation: 5-10 minutes
    Written paper: 1-2 pages (maximum of 500 words)
    Insight and originality in discussion of chosen material
    Level of critical analysis
    Level of informative and creative exchange
    Timely use of UTS Online
    Assessment task 3: Major Narrative or Equivalent in Selected Fictional Form
    a, b and e
    Weight: 50%
    Inventiveness, originality and consistency of writing
    Structure of work
    Integration of self-assessment and critical feedback
    Level of informative and creative exchange
    Timely use of UTS Online

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.