The Short Story

10 Units

This course offers advanced training for students interested in furthering their abilities as short story writers. Students explore the skills and techniques of major practitioners of the form and learn to apply them to their creative work.

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 short story; (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.


A good short story often reads like a good poem, and is as difficult to write. It requires more concentration and crafting than the novella or novel. There are fewer opportunities for character development, description and plot unfolding. It requires stringent economy with words and taut control of form. Students will learn to write good short stories from studying exemplary practitioners like Anton Chekhov and Raymond Carver. They will learn to shape their work through drafts in workshops and through consultation with the tutor.

Particular attention will be paid to * The form and structure of the short story * Narrative strategies such as plot, setting and characterization * Special skills and techniques of major writers * 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 2018 Course Timetables for ENGL6007
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