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Writing Popular Genre Fiction - ENGL236

This unit explores commercially popular fiction and genre fiction in the marketplace today. We begin by analysing the form and features of bestselling novels as well as mass-market genre fiction: crime, fantasy, suspense/thriller/horror, sci-fi and romance. Students then learn how to identify research areas that are relevant to their genre of interest, and to integrate this research into their creative writing in practical ways. There will be a particular focus on world-building, characterisation, and the development of character-driven plots. Teaching and learning activities include: lectures, seminars, student presentations, workshopping of students’ creative writing, and practical writing exercises. Assessments include: weekly seminar participation, a book review, a research essay, and the production of a polished short story written within the framework of a particular genre.

Credit Points: 3
When Offered:

TBD - Not offered in the current year; next offering is to be determined

Staff Contact(s): Associate Professor Hsu-Ming Teo

ENGL120 and ENGL121 Prerequisite Information


Unit Designation(s):
Unit Type:
Assessed As: Graded
Offered By:

Department of English

Faculty of Arts

Course structures, including unit offerings, are subject to change.
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