Short Fiction

Subject CWRI20002 (2016)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2016.

Credit Points: 12.5
Level: 2 (Undergraduate)
Dates & Locations:

This subject has the following teaching availabilities in 2016:

Semester 2, Parkville - Taught on campus.
Pre-teaching Period Start not applicable
Teaching Period 25-Jul-2016 to 23-Oct-2016
Assessment Period End 18-Nov-2016
Last date to Self-Enrol 05-Aug-2016
Census Date 31-Aug-2016
Last date to Withdraw without fail 23-Sep-2016

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Time Commitment: Contact Hours: A 2.5-hour tutorial-workshop for 12 weeks
Total Time Commitment:

Total expected time commitment is 170 hours across the semester, including class time.





Recommended Background Knowledge:

106-105/CWRI10001 Creative Writing: Ideas and Practice

Non Allowed Subjects:

106-202 Short Fiction

Core Participation Requirements:

For the purposes of considering request for Reasonable Adjustments under the disability Standards for Education (Cwth 2005), and Students Experiencing Academic Disadvantage Policy, academic requirements for this subject are articulated in the Subject Description, Subject Objectives, Generic Skills and Assessment Requirements of this entry. The University is dedicated to provide support to those with special requirements. Further details on the disability support scheme can be found at the Disability Liaison Unit website:


Dr Elizabeth Macfarlane, Prof Kevin Brophy


Prof Kevin Brophy

Dr Elizabeth MacFarlane

Subject Overview:

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.

Learning Outcomes:

On completion of this subject students should have:

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

Written response to video lectures. Responses to lectures, and questions relating to the lectures. 1000 words 20% (due each week), online essay. Compare and contrast two short stories using skills and knowledge from the course. 1000 words 20% (due at the end of semester), short Fiction. A piece of original short fiction. 2000 words, with a brief (half-page) outline of aims and influences 50% (due at the end of semester) and regular attendance and participation. Including presenting a draft of work in progress for workshopping during semester 10%

This subject has a minimum hurdle requirement of 80% attendance at tutorials (10 out of 12). Assessment submitted late without an approved extension will be penalised at 10% per day (50% per week). In-class and online tasks submitted late without approval will not receive feedback. All pieces of written work must be submitted to pass this subject.

Prescribed Texts:

A subject reader will be available for purchase.

Breadth Options:

This subject potentially can be taken as a breadth subject component for the following courses:

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Generic Skills:

Students who successfully complete this subject should:

  • 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;
  • work effectively with others while respecting individual differences.

Students who have completed 760-202 Short Fiction or 760-104 Writing Fiction are not eligible to enrol in this subject. This subject is available to Bachelor of Arts (Continuing) and Bachelor of Creative Arts students and may be credited towards a major in Creative Writing in either course.

Related Majors/Minors/Specialisations: Creative Writing
Graduate Certificate in Arts - Creative Writing
Graduate Diploma in Arts - Creative Writing
Related Breadth Track(s): Creative Writing

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