Please note: there may be some adjustments to the teaching arrangements published in the course catalogue for 2020-21. Given current circumstances related to the Covid-19 pandemic it is anticipated that some usual arrangements for teaching on campus will be modified to ensure the safety and wellbeing of students and staff on campus; further adjustments may also be necessary, or beneficial, during the course of the academic year as national requirements relating to management of the pandemic are revised.

Writing fiction: the short story ADED11345

  • Academic Session: 2020-21
  • School: Short Courses
  • Credits: 0
  • Level: Level 1 (SCQF level 7)
  • Typically Offered: Full Year
  • Available to Visiting Students: No
  • Available to Erasmus Students: No

Short Description

This course will focus on the discussion of students' writing and will look at a range of approaches to the creation of fiction. Literary techniques will be examined in order for students to use them to develop their own work. The main form discussed will be the short story.


10 weeks

Block 2, Tuesdays 19.00-21.00

Block 4, Tuesdays 19.00-21.00

Requirements of Entry


Excluded Courses






Are reassessment opportunities available for all summative assessments? No

Reassessments are normally available for all courses, except those which contribute to the Honours classification. For non-Honours courses, students are offered reassessment in all or any of the components of assessment if the satisfactory (threshold) grade for the overall course is not achieved at the first attempt. This is normally grade D3 for undergraduate students and grade C3 for postgraduate students. Exceptionally it may not be possible to offer reassessment of some coursework items, in which case the mark achieved at the first attempt will be counted towards the final course grade. Any such exceptions for this course are described below. 

Course Aims

The aims of the course are to:

■ Introduce students to prose writing in the short story form.

■ Build students' knowledge of approaches to writing prose fiction in the short story form.

■ Embark upon writing new fiction or develop existing work.

Intended Learning Outcomes of Course

By the end of the course students should be able to:

■ Analyse elements of structural composition in prose fiction

■ Interpret texts in terms of structured creative writing techniques

■ Write prose fiction within the short story form.

Minimum Requirement for Award of Credits