Credit points: 15

Subject outline

In this subject, students will undertake a close and scholarly analysis of fiction and creative non fiction. Reading across a range of genres in 20th and 21st century work, students engage with texts to identify the stylistic and technical choices writers have made and to consider the effects of these both in the prescribed texts and in their own writing.

SchoolHumanities and Social Sciences

Credit points15

Subject Co-ordinatorPaddy O'Reilly

Available to Study Abroad/Exchange StudentsYes

Subject year levelYear Level 2 - UG

Available as ElectiveYes

Learning ActivitiesWriting and critiquing short works, reading and discussing texts and creating analyses of texts, preparing and leading a discussion in class and writing an original creative response to a text

Capstone subjectNo

Subject particulars

Subject rules



Incompatible subjectsN/A

Equivalent subjectsN/A

Quota Management StrategyN/A

Quota-conditions or rulesN/A

Special conditionsN/A

Minimum credit point requirementN/A

Assumed knowledgeN/A


How Fiction Works

Resource TypePrescribed

Resource RequirementN/A

AuthorJames Wood





Chapter/article titleN/A



Other descriptionN/A

Source locationN/A

Career Ready


Work-based learningNo

Self sourced or Uni sourcedN/A

Entire subject or partial subjectN/A

Total hours/days requiredN/A

Location of WBL activity (region)N/A

WBL addtional requirementsN/A

Graduate capabilities & intended learning outcomes

Graduate Capabilities

Intended Learning Outcomes

01. Identify authorial techniques in texts and articulate how and why they are used.
02. Apply specific authorial techniques in written work
03. Analyse a literary text, using the tools and vocabulary of the working writer
04. Produce a sophisticated narrative that effectively employs techniques and structures identified in the course of study

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Start date between: and    Key dates

Melbourne (Bundoora), 2021, Semester 1, Blended


Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorPaddy O'Reilly

Class requirements

SeminarWeek: 10 - 20
One 2.00 h seminar per week on weekdays from week 10 to week 20 and delivered via face-to-face.

TutorialWeek: 10 - 20
One 1.00 h tutorial per week on weekdays from week 10 to week 20 and delivered via blended.


Assessment elementCommentsCategoryContributionHurdle% ILO*

Creative narrative response to a text using techniques analysed in class. (1500 words)

N/AAssignmentIndividualNo35 SILO1, SILO2, SILO3, SILO4

Workbook of exercises and responses completed in-class, online, and at home. (2000 words)

N/AAssignmentIndividualNo45 SILO1, SILO2, SILO3, SILO4

In class assessment (500 words equivalent)

N/AOtherIndividualNo20 SILO1, SILO2, SILO3, SILO4