The Art of the Novel

10 Units

This course offers advanced training in fiction writing for students aiming to write their first novel. Through a study of exemplary texts and their own work, students explore narrative options available in the writing of sustained fiction. Students will also learn to revise their chapters in the quest for the finished novel.

Faculty Faculty of Education and Arts
School School of Humanities and Social Science

Not currently offered

Previously offered in 2012, 2011, 2010, 2009, 2008, 2007, 2006, 2005, 2004

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to demonstrate (1) an understanding of the art and form of the novel; (2) a detailed understanding of the techniques of major writers; (3) core skills in written and oral communication, in textual analysis and in creative practice.


Writing a novel entails a marathon process, from the inchoate idea to the final draft. Attention must be paid to all elements of fiction, but some aspects must be emphasized, depending on the shape the novel takes. Students explore what narrative strategies are most suited to their project. Through exemplary texts, they learn the skills and techniques involved in writing a sustained work of fiction. They will attend to larger issues like theme, structure, voice and style, besides working on basic features such as plot and character. They will learn to shape their work through drafts in workshops and through consultation with the tutor.

Particular attention will be paid to * Developing the initial idea * Narrative strategies such as plot, setting and characterization * Larger issues like theme, structure, voice and style * Chapter coherence * Revising and editing.

Replacing Course(s) na
Transition No transition arrangements are necessary.
Assumed Knowledge Nil.
Assessment Items
  • Essays / Written Assignments - (1) 3500-word creative writing portfolio (70%) (2) 1500-word critical essay (30%)
Contact Hours
  • Workshop: for 2 hour(s) per Week for 13 weeks
Timetable 2015 Course Timetables for ENGL6005

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