ENGL220-21S2 (C) Semester Two 2021

Creative Writing: Short Fiction

15 points

Start Date: Monday, 19 July 2021
End Date: Sunday, 14 November 2021
Withdrawal Dates
Last Day to withdraw from this course:
  • Without financial penalty (full fee refund): Sunday, 1 August 2021
  • Without academic penalty (including no fee refund): Friday, 1 October 2021


This course gives instruction and advice on the writing of short fiction, using a wide range of examples to illustrate the variety of forms, methods, and themes that may be used by the professional writer. Emphasis is given to the variety of genres available and the range of different readerships involved.

This course can be used towards an English major or minor. BA students who major in English would normally take at least two 100-level 15 point ENGL courses (which must include at least one of the following: ENGL117, ENGL102 or ENGL103), at least three 200-level 15 point ENGL courses, and at least two 300-level 30 point ENGL courses. Please see the BA regulations  or a student advisor for more information.

Learning Outcomes

  • In this course you will learn:
  • to examine the short story in detail as a genre with the purpose of establishing its various modes;
  • to examine the various techniques by which short stories may be written and the ways in which they may be discussed;
  • to encourage the writing of original short fiction by class members;
  • to encourage useful, constructive criticism of fiction written by class members;
  • to examine professional aspects of the creative writing process.
    • University Graduate Attributes

      This course will provide students with an opportunity to develop the Graduate Attributes specified below:

      Critically competent in a core academic discipline of their award

      Students know and can critically evaluate and, where applicable, apply this knowledge to topics/issues within their majoring subject.

      Employable, innovative and enterprising

      Students will develop key skills and attributes sought by employers that can be used in a range of applications.


Any 15 points at 100 level from ENGL, or
any 60 points at 100 level from the Schedule V of the BA.

Course Coordinator

Rebecca Nash


Assessment Due Date Percentage 
Craft Criticism of Text 30%
Short Story 1 30%
Short Story 2 40%

Course links

Library portal
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This class has unrestricted entry in 2021: no portfolio is necessary.

Indicative Fees

Domestic fee $785.00

International fee $3,500.00

* All fees are inclusive of NZ GST or any equivalent overseas tax, and do not include any programme level discount or additional course-related expenses.

For further information see Humanities .

All ENGL220 Occurrences

  • ENGL220-21S2 (C) Semester Two 2021