ENGL220-18S2 (C) Semester Two 2018

Creative Writing: Short Fiction

15 points
16 Jul 2018 - 18 Nov 2018


This course gives instruction and advice on the writing of short fiction, using a wide range of examples to illustrate the variety of forms, methods, and themes that may be used by the professional writer. Emphasis is given to the variety of genres available and the range of different readerships involved.

This course can be used towards an English major or minor. BA students who major in English would normally take at least two 100-level 15 point ENGL courses (which must include at least one of the following: ENGL117, ENGL102 or ENGL103), at least three 200-level 15 point ENGL courses, and at least two 300-level 30 point ENGL courses. Please see the BA regulations  or a student advisor for more information.

Learning Outcomes

In this course you will learn:

  • to examine the short story in detail as a genre with the purpose of establishing its various modes;
  • to examine the various techniques by which short stories may be written and the ways in which they may be discussed;
  • to encourage the writing of original short fiction by class members;
  • to encourage useful, constructive criticism of fiction written by class members;
  • to examine professional aspects of the creative writing process.
    • University Graduate Attributes

      This course will provide students with an opportunity to develop the Graduate Attributes specified below:

      Critically competent in a core academic discipline of their award

      Students know and can critically evaluate and, where applicable, apply this knowledge to topics/issues within their majoring subject.


15 points of ENGL at 100-level with a B pass, or 30 points of ENGL at 100-level, or any 45 points from the Arts Schedule.

Timetable 2018

Students must attend one activity from each section.

Lecture A
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Monday 15:00 - 17:00 A6 Lecture Theatre 16 Jul - 26 Aug
10 Sep - 21 Oct
Tutorial A
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Wednesday 16:00 - 17:00 A7 23 Jul - 26 Aug
10 Sep - 21 Oct
02 Wednesday 12:00 - 13:00 A7 23 Jul - 26 Aug
10 Sep - 21 Oct

Course Coordinator

Christina Stachurski


Assessment Due Date Percentage  Description
Test 25% 90 mins
Essay 25% 1500 words
Short Story One 25% 1200 words
Short Story Two 25% 1200 words

Course links

Library portal
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This class has unrestricted entry in 2018: no portfolio is necessary.

Indicative Fees

Domestic fee $746.00

International fee $3,038.00

* Fees include New Zealand GST and do not include any programme level discount or additional course related expenses.

For further information see Humanities and Creative Arts.

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