• Class Number 6788
  • Term Code 3160
  • Class Info
  • Unit Value 6 units
  • Mode of Delivery In Person
    • Dr Lucy Neave
    • Dr Anika Quayle
  • Class Dates
  • Class Start Date 26/07/2021
  • Class End Date 29/10/2021
  • Census Date 14/09/2021
  • Last Date to Enrol 02/08/2021
    • Kathryn Hind
SELT Survey Results

Contemporary literary stories and those written in genre draw on historical antecedents and/or current literary and theoretical movements. Fables and fairy tales, experiments with realism or magical realism are all present in various forms of the contemporary short story, and stem from writers being influenced by past narratives and/or by reacting to their peers. This course will encourage students to read a variety of classical and contemporary short stories and to experiment with different styles and genres which have developed over the past two centuries, and which are still being questioned or utilised by contemporary authors.

Students will be expected to write two short stories and/or a few chapters of a novel in this course. Draft stories will be revised. The final versions of students’ stories will be arrived at through discussion in seminars and workshops, and through the reading of published fiction. The course will include some consideration of the practical processes involved in publishing stories and longer works.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:

Upon successful completion of this course, students will have the knowledge and skills to:
    1. Create prose pieces in two different genres, drawing on or reacting to a published work or works.
    2. Experiment with and revise 2 diverse stories or chapters of a novel, integrating suggestions from writing workshops and/or utilising analysis of published or other students’ creative work.
    3. Research, compare and contrast two stories, making a coherent argument about the relationship between these works.
    4. Describe, analyse and make editorial suggestions for peers’ prose
    5. Reflect on your own creative work in relation to its context, sources and formal qualities, and discuss your writing with respect to published work in a similar style or genre.

    Staff Feedback

    Students will be given feedback in the following forms in this course:

    • written comments
    • verbal comments
    • feedback to whole class, groups, individuals, focus group etc

    Student Feedback

    ANU is committed to the demonstration of educational excellence and regularly seeks feedback from students. Students are encouraged to offer feedback directly to their Course Convener or through their College and Course representatives (if applicable). The feedback given in these surveys is anonymous and provides the Colleges, University Education Committee and Academic Board with opportunities to recognise excellent teaching, and opportunities for improvement. The Surveys and Evaluation website provides more information on student surveys at ANU and reports on the feedback provided on ANU courses.

    Class Schedule

    Week/Session Summary of Activities Assessment
    1 Introduction: Influence and Intertextuality
    2 Writing and Editing Process Draft story or chapter due
    3 Realisms
    4 Modernism
    5 Guest Lecture and Workshop: Associate Professor Chandani Lokuge
    6 Fairytales and Feminism
    7 Postmodernism Draft story or chapter due (comments only; no grade)
    8 Writing Diversity
    9 No Lecture: Labor Day
    10 Popular and Genre Fiction
    11 Writing for Children and Young Adults
    12 Publishing and the Marketplace Final portfolio due the following week.

    Tutorial Registration

    See Wattle

    Assessment Summary

    Assessment task Value Learning Outcomes
    Draft Story 10 % 1
    Forum Posts 10 % 4
    Seminar and Essay 25 % 3
    Portfolio 55 % 1,2,5

    * If the Due Date and Return of Assessment date are blank, see the Assessment Tab for specific Assessment Task details


    ANU has educational policies, procedures and guidelines, which are designed to ensure that staff and students are aware of the University’s academic standards, and implement them. Students are expected to have read the Academic Misconduct Rule before the commencement of their course. Other key policies and guidelines include:

    Assessment Requirements

    The ANU is using Turnitin to enhance student citation and referencing techniques, and to assess assignment submissions as a component of the University's approach to managing Academic Integrity. For additional information regarding Turnitin please visit the Academic Integrity . In rare cases where online submission using Turnitin software is not technically possible; or where not using Turnitin software has been justified by the Course Convener and approved by the Associate Dean (Education) on the basis of the teaching model being employed; students shall submit assessment online via ‘Wattle’ outside of Turnitin, or failing that in hard copy, or through a combination of submission methods as approved by the Associate Dean (Education). The submission method is detailed below.

    Moderation of Assessment

    Marks that are allocated during Semester are to be considered provisional until formalised by the College examiners meeting at the end of each Semester. If appropriate, some moderation of marks might be applied prior to final results being released.


    Students are expected to attend and participate in all workshops.

    Assessment Task 1

    Value: 10 %
    Learning Outcomes: 1

    Draft Story

    Submit a draft story, memoir, or piece of prose of 1000-3000 words. 

    Assessment Rubrics: See Wattle for assessment rubric and due date.

    Value: 10%

    Presentation requirements: Name in the top left hand corner; readable font, 1.5 line spacing

    Estimated Return Date: by the end of the mid-semester break

    Assessment Task 2

    Value: 10 %
    Learning Outcomes: 4

    Forum Posts

    In several weeks of semester (see Wattle for details) you are expected to prepare a response to the forum post task, as outlined on Wattle.

    Value: 10%

    This may include:

    An idea for a story or chapter, or a draft piece of writing

    Comments on other students’ work

    A response to a reading

    Your forum posts will be checked each week. All forum posts need to be submitted prior to your workshop. Your grade will be determined based on the number of forum posts you have made, although individual forum posts will be checked for completeness and their engagement with the task.

    Forum posts will not be accepted after the workshop.

    Assessment Task 3

    Value: 25 %
    Learning Outcomes: 3

    Seminar and Essay

    Due: Two weeks after your scheduled seminar date, by 11.55 p.m.

    Ie. if you do your seminar on Monday the 11th of August, your essay will be due on Monday 18th August, by 11.55 p.m.

    Students must submit their essays online via the Wattle site by the deadline. Late work will incur a penalty of 5% per day, excluding weekends.

    Weighting: 25%

    Length: 2000 words

    Presentation: Typed, 12 point font (Times New Roman is preferable), 1.5 spacing

    You must include a bibliography. Further guidelines for presentation and formulation of a bibliography will be available through Wattle. See the “Course Readings Bibliography” on wattle for the full reference to the relevant story.

    Estimated Return Date (for essays submitted on time): 2 weeks after submission. Essays submitted late may be returned at the same time as the portfolio, after the examination period.

    Assessment Task 4

    Value: 55 %
    Learning Outcomes: 1,2,5



    -      Your portfolio should be typed, in 12 point font (Times New Roman is preferable), and at least 1.5-spaced

    -      It must be correctly formatted.

    -      You should number every page of your portfolio. 

    -      If you have drawn on published work, or referred to or adapted an existing story, you must include a bibliography in MLA or Chicago style.

    Contents of the portfolio:

    Your portfolio should contain:

    - Final versions of 2 stories or chapters from a novel, of approximately 4,000 words.

    - Draft versions of the stories/chapters. You should include at least 2 versions of each story

    - Include a brief summary of the changes you have made to your work, the rationale behind your changes and your influences.


    You will be assessed primarily on how your fiction has developed since it was workshopped. If you are submitting two stories, they are expected to be in different styles or genres. If you are including two sections from a novel, try to choose sections which demonstrate the range of your abilities as a writer.

    To obtain a credit or above, you must substantially revise your stories. If you are uncertain about how to do this, please consult me.

    Estimated Return Date:

    After the examiners’ meeting, at the end of the examination period.

    Academic Integrity

    Academic integrity is a core part of the ANU culture as a community of scholars. At its heart, academic integrity is about behaving ethically, committing to honest and responsible scholarly practice and upholding these values with respect and fairness.

    The ANU commits to assisting all members of our community to understand how to engage in academic work in ways that are consistent with, and actively support academic integrity. The ANU expects staff and students to be familiar with the academic integrity principle and Academic Misconduct Rule, uphold high standards of academic integrity and act ethically and honestly, to ensure the quality and value of the qualification that you will graduate with.

    The Academic Misconduct Rule is in place to promote academic integrity and manage academic misconduct. Very minor breaches of the academic integrity principle may result in a reduction of marks of up to 10% of the total marks available for the assessment. The ANU offers a number of online and in person services to assist students with their assignments, examinations, and other learning activities. Visit the Academic Skills website for more information about academic integrity, your responsibilities and for assistance with your assignments, writing skills and study.

    Online Submission

    You will be required to electronically sign a declaration as part of the submission of your assignment. Please keep a copy of the assignment for your records. Unless an exemption has been approved by the Associate Dean (Education) submission must be through Turnitin.

    Hardcopy Submission

    For some forms of assessment (hand written assignments, art works, laboratory notes, etc.) hard copy submission is appropriate when approved by the Associate Dean (Education). Hard copy submissions must utilise the Assignment Cover Sheet. Please keep a copy of tasks completed for your records.

    Late Submission

    Individual assessment tasks may or may not allow for late submission. Policy regarding late submission is detailed below:

    • Late submission not permitted. If submission of assessment tasks without an extension after the due date is not permitted, a mark of 0 will be awarded.
    • Late submission permitted. Late submission of assessment tasks without an extension are penalised at the rate of 5% of the possible marks available per working day or part thereof. Late submission of assessment tasks is not accepted after 10 working days after the due date, or on or after the date specified in the course outline for the return of the assessment item. Late submission is not accepted for take-home examinations.

    Referencing Requirements

    Accepted academic practice for referencing sources that you use in presentations can be found via the links on the Wattle site, under the file named “ANU and College Policies, Program Information, Student Support Services and Assessment”. Alternatively, you can seek help through the Students Learning Development website.

    Extensions and Penalties

    Extensions and late submission of assessment pieces are covered by the Student Assessment (Coursework) Policy and Procedure. Extensions may be granted for assessment pieces that are not examinations or take-home examinations. If you need an extension, you must request an extension in writing on or before the due date. If you have documented and appropriate medical evidence that demonstrates you were not able to request an extension on or before the due date, you may be able to request it after the due date.

    Resubmission of Assignments

    Assignment 1 may be re-submitted, if it received a mark of less than 75%.

    Privacy Notice

    The ANU has made a number of third party, online, databases available for students to use. Use of each online database is conditional on student end users first agreeing to the database licensor’s terms of service and/or privacy policy. Students should read these carefully. In some cases student end users will be required to register an account with the database licensor and submit personal information, including their: first name; last name; ANU email address; and other information.
    In cases where student end users are asked to submit ‘content’ to a database, such as an assignment or short answers, the database licensor may only use the student’s ‘content’ in accordance with the terms of service – including any (copyright) licence the student grants to the database licensor. Any personal information or content a student submits may be stored by the licensor, potentially offshore, and will be used to process the database service in accordance with the licensors terms of service and/or privacy policy.
    If any student chooses not to agree to the database licensor’s terms of service or privacy policy, the student will not be able to access and use the database. In these circumstances students should contact their lecturer to enquire about alternative arrangements that are available.

    Distribution of grades policy

    Academic Quality Assurance Committee monitors the performance of students, including attrition, further study and employment rates and grade distribution, and College reports on quality assurance processes for assessment activities, including alignment with national and international disciplinary and interdisciplinary standards, as well as qualification type learning outcomes.

    Since first semester 1994, ANU uses a grading scale for all courses. This grading scale is used by all academic areas of the University.

    Support for students

    The University offers students support through several different services. You may contact the services listed below directly or seek advice from your Course Convener, Student Administrators, or your College and Course representatives (if applicable).

    Dr Lucy Neave

    Research Interests

    Fiction writing; Contemporary literature

    Dr Lucy Neave

    By Appointment
    Dr Anika Quayle

    Research Interests

    Dr Anika Quayle

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    Kathryn Hind

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