ENGL220-19S2 (C) Semester Two 2019

Creative Writing: Short Fiction

15 points

Start Date: Monday, 15 July 2019
End Date: Sunday, 10 November 2019
Withdrawal Dates
Last Day to withdraw from this course:
  • Without financial penalty (full fee refund): Friday, 26 July 2019
  • Without academic penalty (including no fee refund): Friday, 27 September 2019


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.

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 2019: no portfolio is necessary.

Indicative Fees

Domestic fee $761.00

International fee $3,188.00

* All fees are inclusive of NZ GST or any equivalent overseas tax, 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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  • ENGL220-19S2 (C) Semester Two 2019