Writing Creative Fiction-Introduction


30 hours




City Campus



Next Intake

To be determined


Is it time to bring out the writer in you? In this course you will develop an understanding of a range of fiction writing styles. You will be encouraged to develop and apply fiction writing skills of construction and criticism, and be given the opportunity to workshop your own writing project.While the emphasis is on the development of short story and novel writing, you will also examine the fundamentals of writing a story across a broad range of genres and styles.Students who have studied Writing Creative Fiction — Introduction are entitled to a 10% discount when enrolling into Writing Creative Fiction — Advanced.

Course content

  • Getting started; Developing a writing routine
  • Plot; Characterisation; Dialogue
  • Point of view; Setting; Style; Constructing narrative
  • 'Show don't tell' techniques
  • Structural editing; Copy editing
  • Developing a viable project
  • Using your voice - public readings
  • Workshopping and constructive feedback
  • An insight into today's publishing industry


There are currently no dates scheduled for this course. Please contact us or join our mailing list to express your interest in this course.

How to enrol

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As writing talent is not necessarily bound to education experience, there is no formal qualification required by this course, only a genuine interest in taking your fiction writing to the next level.

Materials supplied

All relevant course notes are supplied with comprehensive instructions and exercises.

Materials to bring

Pen, paper and/or laptop for note taking.

Suited to

This course is designed to meet the needs of two groups: those who have little practical experience but are drawn to the idea of writing fiction and would like to better understand the essential principles of story, and those who already have a novel, short story, screenplay or other form of fiction writing under way and want to underpin their current writing with theory and skills.


Participants will be able to describe characteristics of different writing styles/genres; describe and apply fiction writing techniques; write short pieces of fiction as specified and constructively analyse and criticise original fiction writing. You will not only write during class but also continue writing between classes. You will share your work in class workshops, embracing the opportunity to analyse your own and others' story outlines and to write in a supportive, constructive environment.

Upon finishing the course you will receive a RMIT Certificate of Completion. You can use this as a record to demonstrate the outcomes covered in the course.

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Facilitator: Susie Thatcher

Susie Thatcher is a Melbourne writer as well as being TheCanaryPress literary magazine General Manager from 2015-16. She was shortlisted for the 2016 Richell Prize for her novel Gardens of Stone as well as a WrICE Emerging Writer Fellow, participating in residencies in the Philippines and Melbourne. She has been a guest artist at the Melbourne Writers Festival (2017), the Odyssey Literary Festival (2016), and the Emerging Writers Festival (2015). 

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Acknowledgement of country

RMIT University acknowledges the people of the Woi wurrung and Boon wurrung language groups of the eastern Kulin Nation on whose unceded lands we conduct the business of the University. RMIT University respectfully acknowledges their Ancestors and Elders, past and present. RMIT also acknowledges the Traditional Custodians and their Ancestors of the lands and waters across Australia where we conduct our business. - Artwork created by Louisa Bloomer