Writing prose fiction ADED11423E

  • Academic Session: 2019-20
  • School: Short Courses
  • Credits: 40
  • Level: Level 1 (SCQF level 7)
  • Typically Offered: Runs Throughout Semesters 1 and 2
  • Available to Visiting Students: Yes
  • Available to Erasmus Students: No

Short Description

This course will focus on writing short stories and novels, and students will learn some of the major techniques employed in creating these forms of prose fiction. An introduction to the central elements of fiction, such as narration, story structures, genre and characterisation will be given. Students will gain insight into reading fiction from the point of view of writers, and will be able to engage in discussion from a critical perspective. The course will be based around critiques of published works as well as the works of students. Writing tasks will be assigned to encourage the writing of new prose fiction across a variety of genres.


3 hours per week for 20 weeks

Blocks 1 & 2: Saturday 10am-1pm

Requirements of Entry


Excluded Courses





One short story of 2,000 words (20%)

One comparative literature essay of 2,000 words (20%) on structural elements and their effects.

One portfolio of 3,000 words of prose fiction, which can be part of a novel, one or more short stories or any form of prose fiction (60%)

Course Aims

This course aims to:


■ Introduce students to essential structural components of prose fiction both in the short story and novel forms.

■ Enable students to study and discuss prose fiction from a writer's point of view.

■ Encourage students to develop their fiction-writing abilities through both class exercises and assignments.

■ Build students' confidence in submitting their own writing for peer and tutor feedback.

Intended Learning Outcomes of Course

By the end of this course students will be able to:

■ Identify structural components and techniques of prose fiction including narration, characterisation and genre.

■ Demonstrate, both in discussion and written work, awareness of the effects of structural components of prose fiction.

■ Incorporate writing techniques into their own prose fiction.

■ Critically evaluate prose fiction from a writer's point of view.

■ Develop their own prose fiction writing informed by knowledge of structure, techniques and genres.

■ Critically reflect upon workshops in order to be able to write, critique and edit fiction at the appropriate level.

Minimum Requirement for Award of Credits

Students must submit at least 75% by weight of the components (including examinations) of the course's summative assessment.