Plot and Genre is an introduction to short and long-form storytelling techniques, which can be applied to screen writing, fiction, 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: critical discussion of the ten basic storylines; 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 Robert McKee and Blake Snyder, students will learn to conceptualise, workshop and articulate their own narrative premise, then plot their story and character arcs and write a sample opening chapter/scene. All assessment will be submitted in formats consistent with industry expectations.
|Academic unit:||Faculty of Society & Design|
|Subject title:||Plot and Genre|
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At Bond University, we carefully develop subject and program outcomes to ensure that student learning in each subject contributes to the whole student experience. Students are encouraged to carefully read and consider subject and program outcomes as combined elements.
Program Learning Outcomes (PLOs)
Program Learning Outcomes provide a broad and measurable set of standards that incorporate a range of knowledge and skills that will be achieved on completion of the program. If you are undertaking this subject as part of a degree program, you should refer to the relevant degree program outcomes and graduate attributes as they relate to this subject.
Subject Learning Outcomes (SLOs)
On successful completion of this subject the learner will be able to:
- Develop critical understanding of the theory traditions and ethics of historical and contemporary approaches to plot and genre
- Develop a narrative premise and narrative arc, embedding elements of tension, drama and character development
- Present plot and narrative ideas in industry-standard formats.
- Improve writing craft through the development of narrative outline and opening scenes/chapters.
- Critique peer and industry work to assess strengths and weaknesses.
|*Class Participation||Peer review, narrative workshopping and weekly readings.||10%||Ongoing||1, 2, 3, 4, 5.|
|Essay||Written analysis of narrative (own choice)||20%||Week 4||1, 5.|
|Oral Pitch||Your story: Oral pitch and narrative outline||15%||Week 6||2, 3, 4, 5.|
|Draft Document||Draft plot outline or screen treatment||15%||Week 8||1, 2, 3, 4, 5.|
|*Showcase Portfolio||Portfolio, including a pitch document, revised outline/treatment, synopsis and writing sample.||40%||Week 12||2, 3, 4, 5.|
- * Assessment timing is indicative of the week that the assessment is due or begins (where conducted over multiple weeks), and is based on the standard University academic calendar
- C = Students must reach a level of competency to successfully complete this assessment.
|High Distinction||85-100||Outstanding or exemplary performance in the following areas: interpretative ability; intellectual initiative in response to questions; mastery of the skills required by the subject, general levels of knowledge and analytic ability or clear thinking.|
|Distinction||75-84||Usually awarded to students whose performance goes well beyond the minimum requirements set for tasks required in assessment, and who perform well in most of the above areas.|
|Credit||65-74||Usually awarded to students whose performance is considered to go beyond the minimum requirements for work set for assessment. Assessable work is typically characterised by a strong performance in some of the capacities listed above.|
|Pass||50-64||Usually awarded to students whose performance meets the requirements set for work provided for assessment.|
|Fail||0-49||Usually awarded to students whose performance is not considered to meet the minimum requirements set for particular tasks. The fail grade may be a result of insufficient preparation, of inattention to assignment guidelines or lack of academic ability. A frequent cause of failure is lack of attention to subject or assignment guidelines.|
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Policy on late submission and extensions
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Feedback on assessment
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A crash course in the history and traditions of narrative and the elements of plot. Later in the semester, you'll learn how to use these elements for narrative success.1.
Set the stage for your narrative by creating immersive, believable (and commercially successful) worlds.
Whose story are you telling, and what's the best way to present it? How voice, style and perspective can elevate a narrative.
From red herrings to romances, how to use what's happening on the sidelines to enrich your narrative.1.
Using character motivation, conflict and goals to strengthen your narrative and uncover your theme.
How to make your narrative more meaningful and memorable by strengthening its thematic underpinnings.
Frameworks for pitching, presenting and selling your narratives and how to edit your work for publication and effect.