ATS3518 - Advanced fiction writing - 2018

6 points, SCA Band 1, 0.125 EFTSL

Undergraduate - Unit

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Organisational Unit

Literary Studies

Chief examiner(s)

Associate Professor Chandani Lokuge


Associate Professor Chandani Lokuge

Unit guides



  • Second semester 2018 (On-campus)






Building on the foundation of ATS2517, this unit will develop skills in fictional genre writing. Weekly lectures will engage students in principles of the craft and theory of writing short fiction in a range of fictional sub-genres, and a variety of short stories. In the congenial atmosphere of workshops, guided by relevant narratological debates and a selection of short stories as models, students will experiment with writing Realist and Modernist fiction; Historical fiction; Travel; Gothic; Trauma; and 'New writing'. The unit will pay attention to revising, editing and presenting a manuscript for publication.


At the conclusion of this subject students will have:

  • Been introduced to writing and reading in a variety of fictional sub-genres
  • Become better acquainted with the publishing industry
  • Developed their editing and revising skills
  • Written short stories in the genres of their choice for possible publication
  • Shared and responded to the writing of their colleagues
  • Developed their critical reading skills
  • Taken both inspiration and direction from prominent local writers
  • Related current critical debates about writing to their own work


Within semester assessment: 100%

Workload requirements

Minimum total expected workload to achieve the learning outcomes for this unit is 144 hours per semester typically comprising a mixture of scheduled learning activities and independent study. A unit requires on average three/four hours of scheduled activities per week. Scheduled activities may include a combination of teacher directed learning, peer directed learning and online engagement.

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