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CWR3001 Writing Speculative Fiction

Units : 1
Faculty or Section : Faculty of Business, Education, Law and Arts
School or Department : School of Arts and Communication
Student contribution band : Band 1
ASCED code : 100799 - Communication and Media Studie


Pre-requisite: CWR1001 Writing Good Prose and CWR2001 Fairytales and Other Forms


Speculative fiction extends readers understanding of themselves and the world in which they live through imagining different worlds or cultures that are better (or worse), brighter (or darker) and stranger than our own. Works of speculative fiction hold a mirror up to our world, confronting and warping our assumptions about race, class, and sex/gender, but also reflecting and subverting various ways of knowing or describing the world. Inviting us to question our settled ideas about science and scientific enquiry, for example, or about faith and religiosity, language, light and even what it is to be alive (or dead!).

In this course, you will explore the genre of speculative fiction: a collective term for a range of different types of genre fiction that includes (but is not limited to) science fiction, fantasy, horror and alternative history. You will read and write speculative fiction works, focusing on short fiction, as well as engaging with contemporary debates within the vibrant, noisy and hugely energetic SF/F/H (Science Fiction, Fantasy, Horror) community.

During the course, you will be guided through the process of researching, pitching, writing and editing works of short fiction and non-fiction suitable for publication in professional speculative fiction markets.

Course offers

Semester Mode Campus
Semester 1, 2016 On-campus Toowoomba
Semester 1, 2016 Online