- Class Number 6338
- Term Code 3360
- Class Info
- Unit Value 6 units
- Mode of Delivery In Person
- Dr Lucy Neave
- Dr Anika Quayle
- Class Dates
- Class Start Date 24/07/2023
- Class End Date 27/10/2023
- Census Date 31/08/2023
- Last Date to Enrol 31/07/2023
- Edmario Lesi
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.
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:
- Create prose pieces in two different genres, drawing on or reacting to a published work or works.
- 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.
- Research, compare and contrast two stories, making a coherent argument about the relationship between these works.
- Describe, analyse and make editorial suggestions for peers’ prose
- 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.
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
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|Summary of Activities
|Writing and the Editing Process
|Draft story or chapter due, August 4
|Fairytales and their Adaptations
|Postmodernism and Beyond
|Draft story or chapter due September 15
|Popular and Genre Fiction
|Writing for Children and Young Adults
|Publishing and the Marketplace
|Final portfolio due the following week.
|Seminar and Unessay or Essay
|Oral comments on student work
* If the Due Date and Return of Assessment date are blank, see the Assessment Tab for specific Assessment Task details
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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
Learning Outcomes: 1
Submit two draft stories, memoirs, or pieces of prose of around 1000-3000 words.
Assessment Rubrics: See Wattle for assessment rubric and due dates.
Presentation requirements: Name in the top left hand corner; readable font, 1.5 line spacing
Estimated Return Date: Story 1 will be returned by the end of the mid-semester break. Story 2 will be returned by the end of Week 11, if submitted on time.
Assessment Task 2
Learning Outcomes: 4
In several weeks of semester (see Wattle for details) you are expected to prepare written responses to the forum post tasks, as outlined on Wattle.
These 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
Learning Outcomes: 3
Seminar and Unessay or 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.
Length: 1500 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
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, maximum 3,500 - 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.
Assessment Task 5
Learning Outcomes: 4
Oral comments on student work
Students are expected to contribute to the discussion of several peer stories or chapters per week.
The oral comments task will be marked on the following criteria:
-contribution to discussion (students who make cogent and thoughtful comments about a text will score more highly than students who stay silent)
-comprehension (students who obviously haven’t read the story, or who have skimmed it, won’t do as well as students who appear to have read the story thoroughly)
-textual analysis—the degree of sophistication of the analysis of the story under discussion
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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%.
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Fiction writing; Contemporary literature
Dr Lucy Neave
Dr Anika Quayle