Credit points: 15

Subject outline

In this subject you will extend your understanding of creative writing by developing long-form fiction in a chosen genre. This will be an excerpt of a novel or novella. In your creative and critical practice you will consider how the longer form affects the use of technical elements such as plot and structure, POV, character and setting. You will engage in an intensive revision process, assisted by peer-feedback. The subject will offer further opportunities to develop your professional practice through synopsis writing, reading to peers, integrating workshop comments and editing after a workshop.

SchoolHumanities and Social Sciences

Credit points15

Subject Co-ordinatorPaddy O'Reilly

Available to Study Abroad/Exchange StudentsYes

Subject year levelYear Level 3 - UG

Available as ElectiveYes

Learning ActivitiesDiscussed in seminars, modelled in readings, undertaken in written assessment, supported by workshops and peer feedback.

Capstone subjectNo

Subject particulars

Subject rules

Prerequisites Students must have completed ENG2WFI and 45 credit points of Level two subjects


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

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. Plan, draft and revise an excerpt of long-form fiction that demonstrates control of fiction techniques and genre.
02. Analyse the relationship between critical theories and creative practice.
03. Develop the ability to give and receive constructive feedback while managing deadlines.
04. Write a professional synopsis that conforms to industry standards.
05. Develop confidence in reading creative work aloud.

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Start date between: and    Key dates

Melbourne (Bundoora), 2021, Semester 2, Blended


Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorPaddy O'Reilly

Class requirements

SeminarWeek: 30 - 42
One 3.00 hours seminar per week on weekdays during the day from week 30 to week 42 and delivered via blended.


Assessment elementCommentsCategoryContributionHurdle% ILO*

Creative piece (2700 words including a 450 word synopsis) Students submit an excerpt of an extended creative work and a related synopsis.

N/AAssignmentIndividualNo60 SILO1, SILO3, SILO4, SILO5

Workshop presentations and peer feedback (equivalent to 900 words) Students present their work-in-progress during designated seminars and receive written and verbal feedback from other students.

N/AOral presentationIndividualNo20 SILO1, SILO3, SILO4, SILO5

Critical piece (900 words) Students submit an essay analysing the relationship between their creative work-in-progress and critical theory.

N/AAssignmentIndividualNo20 SILO2