This online Writing Gothic and Speculative Fiction unit from Open Universities Australia and Griffith University examines these genres, where safe suburban homes, families, planets, cities and the human body are all vulnerable to authoritarian powers, strange beings, dark spaces, unknown territories, and the return of the repressed.
Students will examine the foundation ideas relevant to these narrative forms, and engage with fiction, from a writer’s perspective, by reading and observing examples of these genres. You will also learn to analyse and discuss ideas relevant to creative writing in your own work and that of others.
To be eligible for this course, you must have completed the following units:
Creative Writing, Forms and Structures
Areas of study
In this Writing Gothic and Speculative Fiction unit, the topics you will study include:
Introducing gothic and speculative fiction
Meeting the audience: the power of terror
Dark plots: story-telling in the gothic tradition
Gothic themes and archetypes
Writing from the senses: ways to grab readers
Haunted by the past
Realms of the imagination
Dystopia and speculative fiction
The body in speculative fiction
Visions of the future
Negotiating gothic and speculative authorship
This unit is part of a major, minor, stream or specialisation in the following courses:
Bachelor of Arts, Griffith University
Bachelor of Communication, Griffith University
Content may also be relevant to other courses, and could qualify you for Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) for a course offered by another institution.
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This unit contributes to professional writing career paths by providing skills in analytical writing, and engaging with fiction from a writer’s perspective, as well as storytelling abilities in historical, gothic and speculative writing.
How else will I benefit from this unit?
Upon successful completion of this unit you will receive credit for competencies in Writing Gothic and Speculative Fiction from Griffith University.
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Gain industry-relevant skills and transferrable knowledge.
Government financial support through FEE-HELP or HECS-HELP may be available.
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Receive Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) for this unit across a number of OUA’s full degree programs.
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If you are an Australian citizen, you may be eligible to receive a government HECS-HELP or FEE-HELP loan, meaning you can defer payment of your fees.
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You may be eligible to receive HECS-HELP or FEE-HELP for this course!
This course can be paid for through the HECS-HELP or FEE-HELP government loan schemes. If you are an Australian citizen or hold a permanent humanitarian visa, this means you don’t need to pay upfront.
Instead, the Australian government will pay your course fees on your behalf. You’ll begin repaying your loan through the tax system once you start earning more than the minimum threshold of $54,869 (2016-17 income year).
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