1. Prescribed text 1 item
    1. How Fiction Works - James Wood 2009

      Book Required This is the main set text for the subject and the only one you are required to buy. It's been ordered at the coop but might not arrive. If it doesn't, it's available at, probably Readings, and definitely other places online. This is a book you can read over and over and learn from again and again, so please buy it.

  2. Week 1 Reading as a writer - prose styles 2 items
    Short readings will be provided in class in Week One (in the following weeks, you will print out the readings from the reading list and prepare for class as instructed in the LMS introduction). The recommended readings on the list here provide longer examples of these two different styles - plain and ornate
    1. Hunger Was Good Discipline - Ernest Hemingway

      Chapter Recommended

  3. Week 2 Ways of Seeing 3 items
    1. Extract - Sonya Hartnett

      Chapter Required

    2. Mateship with Birds - Carrie Tiffany

      Chapter Recommended Read the first few pages and think about the naming of the cows and the way the cows look at the farmer.

    3. The Lover - Marguerite Duras

      Chapter Recommended Read the first ten pages and look at how Duras uses repetition to emphasise her imagery and create emotional impact.

  4. Week 3 New Worlds 2 items
    1. Singing My Sister Down - short story - Margo Lanagan

      Chapter Required Apparently this ebook will only let you print 12 pages, so please read the whole story, then print out the 12 pages and mark them up for class.

    2. Tlön, Uqbar, Orbis Tertius - short story - Jorge Luis Borges

      Chapter Recommended A complex and detailed example of world creation. Borges is considered one of the great imaginative and intellectual writers, and has influenced many twentieth and twenty-first century writers.

  5. Week 4 Language 3 items
    1. Under Milk Wood - Dylan Thomas 2018

      Book Required A full edition of the text is available via the sway, so please go directly to the sway.

    2. Under Milk Wood - Rhys Ifans, Charlotte Church, Sara Sugarman, Kevin Allen 2015

      Audio-visual document Recommended

  6. Week 5 Revelations 2 items
    1. The Penalty Is Death: Inside Bali's Kerobokan Prison - Luke Davies

      Article Recommended This non fiction article is worth reading as a contrast to Keegan's work. Here Davies uses carefully placed shocks to jolt the reader out of complacency. Notice how he drops in the occasional sentence that demands the reader stop and think.

  7. Week 6 The Writer on Reading and Writing 2 items
    1. Sentences - Francine Prose

      Chapter Required Please focus your attention on pages 35, the chapter opening, to p43 'something they might not be expecting.'

    2. Duplicity: the jekyll hand, the hyde hand and the slippery double - Margaret Atwood

      Chapter Recommended Please focus on pages 45 from 'Now I would like to discuss...' to p51 'An imposter. A fake.' Reading this excerpt will help you to think about your role as a writer. In fact, I recommend the whole book for that purpose.

  8. Week 7 Narratorial Consciousness 3 items
    1. Part 1: A Lick of Night - Max Porter

      Chapter Required Make sure you have read three different voices: Dad, Crow and the boys

    2. Sport and a Pastime - James Salter 2012 (electronic resource)

      Book Recommended Read chapters 6-11 inclusive, and pay particular attention to pp68-85 (chapters 6 & 7)

    3. James Salter: A Sport and a Past Time - Edgar B. Howard, Sandy Gotham Meehan 2011

      Audio-visual document Recommended

  9. Week 8 Country Disturbed 3 items
    1. Chapter 1 of The Grapes of Wrath

      Chapter Required Read both chapters and pay particular attention to the landscape descriptions in Chapter 1.

    2. Water - Ellen Van Neerven

      Chapter Recommended This is a long story well worth reading for the way it interweaves Indigenous issues about country and loss and change into a narrative about a very different group of Indigenous inhabitants.

  10. Week 9 The comic effect 2 items
    1. Today on Dr Phil

      Chapter Required Read the story, 'Today on Dr Phil'. Cho is known for his fantasist and absurdist stories that draw heavily on popular culture.

    2. Extracts - Dodie Smith

      Chapter Recommended This is the beginning of the book, which is a favourite of many writers for its pitch-perfect voice. Think about its gentle comical charm. How does the writer achieve this?

  11. Week 10 Emotional Temperature 3 items
    1. Good Country People - Flannery O'Connor

      Chapter Required Short Story - read it and think about how she treats her characters.

    2. A Primer for the Punctuation of Heart Disease - short story - Jonathan Safran Foer

      Article Recommended Really interesting short experimental approach which manages to be very moving.

    3. We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves - Karen Joy Fowler

      Chapter Recommended Read Chapter 3: starts on page 17. This book cleverly balances anger, humour and grief in the voice of the narrator. If you read the whole book it will break your heart. No wonder it won a lot of prizes.