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JOUR11-110: Creative Writing: Plot and Genre


Creative Writing: Plot and Genre is an introduction to long-form storytelling techniques, which can be applied to screen writing, prose (fiction and creative non-fiction) and hybrid multimedia formats. This subject defines narrative, plot and genre, reviewing storytelling techniques from Aristotle to Joseph Campbell’s ‘The Hero’s Journey’. It also includes: the major forms and conventions of commercial, literary and screen genres; character motivation and development; character and story arcs; sub-plots; world building; and the effect of suspense, pace, tension and conflict on plot at a macro level. Using templates developed by craft writers like Joseph Campbell and Blake Snyder, you will learn to conceptualise, workshop and articulate your own narrative premise, then plot story and character arcs and write a sample opening chapter/scene. All assessment will be submitted in formats consistent with industry expectations.

Subject details

FacultyFaculty of Society & Design
Semesters offered
  • September 2021 [Standard Offering]
  • September 2022 [Standard Offering]
Study areas
  • Communication and Creative Media
Subject fees
  • Commencing in 2020: $4,340
  • Commencing in 2021: $3,890

Learning outcomes

1. Apply a critical understanding of the theory, traditions and ethics of historical and contemporary storytelling to the development of plot and genre.
2. Create and articulate an original narrative premise and narrative arc, embedding elements of tension, drama and character development.
3. Generate a pitch, narrative outline and opening scene/chapters in industry-standard formats.
4. Evaluate and critique peer and industry work to assess strengths and weaknesses in the context of market, audience and narrative intent.
5. Formulate an approach to finding and harnessing publishing opportunities through a broad understanding of the evolving publishing landscape.

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Subject outlines

Subject dates

Standard Offering
Enrolment opens02/08/2020
Semester start14/09/2020
Subject start14/09/2020
Cancellation 1?28/09/2020
Cancellation 2?05/10/2020
Last enrolment27/09/2020
Withdraw – Financial?10/10/2020
Withdraw – Academic?31/10/2020
Teaching census?09/10/2020