Writing the Short Story

Qualification: Undergraduate unit
Study mode: Online
Payment options: HECS-HELP may be available
FEE-HELP may be available
Duration: 13 weeks
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Awarded by: Griffith University
Course Unit A course unit is a single subject offered as part of a program of study, but can be completed individually. You may receive Recognition of Prior Learning for studying this unit.

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About this unit

This online Writing the Short Story unit from Open Universities Australia and Griffith University teaches students to recognise and understand theoretical and practical issues relevant to short story writing.

You will learn to analyse and discuss ideas relevant to creativity and creative professional skills in both your own work and the work of others.

The unit teaches you how to display critical judgment through reading and group discussion, and to develop skills related to a variety of publishing outcomes.

You will produce a portfolio of original work reflecting your development.

Eligibility

There are no prerequisites for this unit; anyone can apply.

Areas of study

In this Writing the Short Story unit, the topics you will study include:

  • Introduction: what are short stories and what is writing process?
  • How writing is produced and received: pre-writing/drafting/editing/the voice the audience hears/genre
  • The short story anatomised: elements and history of the short story form
  • How writing is narrated: narrative viewpoint
  • How ideas are conveyed: theme, allegory and symbolism, action, the music, the beat, the emotion, and imagery strands
  • How writing is structured: structures for whole stories, structures for prose sentence and paragraph, experimental structures and hypertext
  • Breaking out! Avant-garde writing: innovative and radical ideas in writing
  • How writing uses setting: mood, atmosphere, symbolism, context for action, place, background, era, and staging
  • How writing creates characters and uses dialogue: the psychology of a character, the intimacy of dialogue, the pace and structure of dialogue
  • New developments - graphic forms and design elements: history and development of the graphic story and graphic prose scripts
  • How writing is researched and edited: observing, remembering, note-taking, reading, getting out from behind your desk, and the process of editing drafts.
  • Breaking in! – The writing industry now: strategies for a successful short story writing practice/career

Course pathways

This unit is part of a major, minor, stream or specialisation in the following course:

  • Bachelor of Arts, Griffith University

This unit is an approved elective in the following courses:

  • 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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How will this unit advance my career?

This unit will give you the technical writing skills to pursue a career in a range of publishing outcomes. Upon completion, you will have a folio of original work showcasing your professional creative skills.

How else will I benefit from this unit?

  • Upon successful completion of this unit you will receive credit for competencies in Writing the Short Story from Griffith University.
  • Studying online means you can study where you want, at your own pace.
  • Gain industry-relevant skills and transferrable knowledge.
  • Government financial support through FEE-HELP or HECS-HELP may be available.
  • Studying single units allows you the flexibility to work towards a qualification at your own pace.
  • Receive Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) for this unit across a number of OUA’s full degree programs.

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Financial assistance

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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