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The Short Story: Approaches to Writing and Reading (EGL249)

Organisational Unit Creative Media, Arts and Design
Credit Points 3
Availability MURDOCH: S1-internal, S1-external
Teaching Timetables Murdoch S1
Description This unit will develop students' approaches to writing and reading short stories, ranging from shorter texts under 1000 words (sometimes called 'flash fiction') to longer short stories from an international range of writers. Students will develop key concepts and techniques relevant to short story writing. They will develop their understanding of ideas about content, structure, imagery, characterisation, dialogue, point-of-view, voice, revision and editing
Unit Learning Outcomes LO1 Identify the formal elements of texts and genres and how they shape meaning. Reflect on how writers transgress generic expectations.
LO2. Participate in individual and collaborative work, including over approaches to difficult or sensitive issues.
LO3: Demonstrate proficiency in revising own writing for clarity. Develop recognition of own authorial voice
Timetabled Learning Activities Workshops: One weekly workshop/tutorial for internal students, up to 2.5 hours per week.
Introductory lecture up to 1 hour long, in week one. This will also be made available online.
Unit Learning Experiences *Weekly workshops for internal students to discuss unit concepts and readings and to provide feedback on peers' short stories in-progress (online for external students).
*Weekly readings; writing exercises and questions (to be done in journals before attending workshops). *Group work - frequent opportunities for commenting on peers' creative writing assignment drafts (in-class for internal students, external students use the LMS/Moodle online external students' discussion forum).
Other Learning Experiences Reflection on unit readings and student peers' writing in journal.
Assessment Assessment activities are designed to enable students to develop and apply their creative writing skills and processes to writing forms of the short story, and to apply their imaginative and critical reading skills to reading others' short stories and to revising their own work.
Appears in these Courses/Majors:
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English and Creative Writing (BA)
English Major Teaching Area (BEd(Sec)) [New in 2019]
Appears in these Co-Majors English and Creative Writing
Appears in these Minors Creative Writing
Internet Access RequirementsMurdoch units normally include an online component comprising materials, discussions, lecture recordings and assessment activities. All students, regardless of their location or mode of study, need to have access to and be able to use computing devices with browsing capability and a connection to the Internet via Broadband (Cable, ADSL or Mobile) or Wireless. The Internet connection should be readily available and allow large amounts of data to be streamed or downloaded (approximately 100MB per lecture recording). Students also need to be able to enter into online discussions and submit assignments online.


Unit Coordinator
Dr Simone Lazaroo
Senior Lecturer in English (Writing)

Murdoch Campus
t: 9360 7601
e: S.Lazaroo@murdoch.edu.au
o: 450.3.064 - Education and Humanities, Murdoch Campus
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MURDOCH: S1-External
MURDOCH: S1-Internal
Dr Simone Lazaroo
Senior Lecturer in English (Writing)

Murdoch Campus
t: 9360 7601
e: S.Lazaroo@murdoch.edu.au
o: 450.3.064 - Education and Humanities, Murdoch Campus
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