Writing Creative Fiction 1 - Introduction


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.

While the emphasis is on the development of short story and novel writing you will also examine the fundamentals of writing story across a broad range of genres and styles. Students who have studied Writing Creative Fiction 1 - Introduction are entitled to a 10% discount when enrolling into Writing Creative Fiction 2.

Course content

  • Purpose
  • Plot
  • Characterisation
  • Dialogue
  • Point of view
  • Setting
  • Style
  • Constructing narrative
  • Poetic concepts
  • Themes
  • Genres
  • 'Show don't tell' techniques
  • Developing your own style
  • Developing a viable project
  • Using your voice - public readings
  • Workshopping and constructive feedback
  • An insight into today's publishing industry

Ideal for

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.

Important Information

Completion of this course will not guarantee entry into an RMIT Program.

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Upon completion, you will be able to describe characteristics of different writing styles/genres; describe fiction writing techniques; write short pieces of fiction as specified; constructively analyse and criticise original fiction writing.

It is expected that you will write during and between classes and share your writing with a committed to be given the opportunity to analyse your own and others' story outlines and to write in a supportive, constructive environment.


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

Course notes.

Materials to bring

Pen/pencil and notebook.


Participants will be awarded an RMIT Statement of Participation.

Additional notes



Rachel Matthews

Dr Rachel Matthews is a Melbourne author, lecturer and VCE English teacher. Recently, she completed a PhD in creative writing (a novel and exegesis). Her critically acclaimed debut novel Vinyl Inside received strong press reviews and was highly commended by the Australian Vogel Award judges. Her short fiction has been published in EQ magazine, educational and writing journals. She has over 15 years’ experience as an educator within a diverse range of learning environments, including lecturing in RMIT's Associate Degree in Professional Writing and Editing, teaching within international settings and the RVIB. Rachel is also an experienced presenter with the Melbourne Writer’s festival, the Vic Association for Teachers of English State Conference and National Young Writer’s festival.

Ilka Tampke

Ilka Tampke is an author and teacher of fiction writing. Her critically-acclaimed debut novel, Skin, (Text Publishing) was shortlisted for the Aurealis Award for Best Fantasy Novel 2015 and has been sold into 8 countries.
Ilka has taught dance, drama and music, but her favourite subject to teach is writing and she is a popular guest-lecturer in RMIT’s Associate Degree of Professional Writing and Editing. She lives in the Macedon Ranges.


  • "I feel I have grown as a writer. It must be a huge challenge taking on diverse groups like ours, yet I think Rachel succeeded brilliantly in keeping our attention and engagement as one group, as witnessed by our attendance rates. Rachel is a wonderfully attentive and empathetic listener. She can pick out the gems from the gravel, give them back as shining diamonds, and deliver criticism constructively and positively." Tim

    Beautiful teacher, full of colour and insight and understanding. Helped spark my creativity throughout the course. Grouped together a bunch of people with passion and love for writing. Jessica

    Wonderful teacher. Loved it and learnt so much. Danae

    An absolutely terrific course, very insightful and good fun. Albert

    Ilka was a knowledgeable and engaging tutor. Even after a long day at work I found myself alert and engaged in the classes and that is thanks to the tutor. Annelise

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Available course dates

Tuesday 28 August 2018

  • Code S345162
  • Start date 28.08.18
  • End date 30.10.18
  • Hours 30.00
  • Campus City
  • Fee $860.00
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Session  Start  End Hours
Tue 28.08.18 06:00pm 09:00pm 3.00
Tue 04.09.18 06:00pm 09:00pm 3.00
Tue 11.09.18 06:00pm 09:00pm 3.00
Tue 18.09.18 06:00pm 09:00pm 3.00
Tue 25.09.18 06:00pm 09:00pm 3.00
Tue 02.10.18 06:00pm 09:00pm 3.00
Tue 09.10.18 06:00pm 09:00pm 3.00
Tue 16.10.18 06:00pm 09:00pm 3.00
Tue 23.10.18 06:00pm 09:00pm 3.00
Tue 30.10.18 06:00pm 09:00pm 3.00

Wednesday 10 October 2018

  • Code S345162
  • Start date 10.10.18
  • End date 12.12.18
  • Hours 30.00
  • Campus City
  • Fee $860.00
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Session  Start  End Hours
Wed 10.10.18 06:00pm 09:00pm 3.00
Wed 17.10.18 06:00pm 09:00pm 3.00
Wed 24.10.18 06:00pm 09:00pm 3.00
Wed 31.10.18 06:00pm 09:00pm 3.00
Wed 07.11.18 06:00pm 09:00pm 3.00
Wed 14.11.18 06:00pm 09:00pm 3.00
Wed 21.11.18 06:00pm 09:00pm 3.00
Wed 28.11.18 06:00pm 09:00pm 3.00
Wed 05.12.18 06:00pm 09:00pm 3.00
Wed 12.12.18 06:00pm 09:00pm 3.00

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