English (ENGL) 482

Advanced Fiction Writing (Revision 1)

ENGL 482 Course website

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Delivery Mode: Individualized study

Credits: 3

Area of Study: Humanities

Prerequisite: English 381 and permission of the professor.

Faculty: Faculty of Humanities & Social Sciences

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Advanced Fiction Writing is the next step for students who have taken English 381 or a similar introductory course in writing fiction. The course provides an option to work on separate short stories or linked stories, or develop a longer narrative, whether a novel, novella,or novel-in-stories. Students read sample fiction with close attention to technique and style; they also read and comment in a properly informed manner on the work-in-progress of their peers and further their of revision.


Over a work schedule of 16 weeks students will read selections from published writers and produce five pieces of writing in these forms:

  • two critiques of a chapter and story, 800 words
  • a first chapter or story, 1,500-2,000 words
  • a chapter or story, 2,000-2,500 words
  • a chapter or story, 2,500-3,000 words
  • revision of one of the three previous assignments


To receive credit for ENGL 482, you must achieve a minimum grade of 50 percent on each assignment and a course composite grade of at least "D" (50 percent). The weighting of the course assignments is as follows:

Assign 1 Assign 2 Assign 3 Assign 4 Assign 5 Total
15% 10% 25% 30% 20% 100%

To learn more about assignments and examinations, please refer to Athabasca University's online Calendar.

Course Materials


Burroway, Janet. Writing Fiction: a Guide to Narrative Craft. 9th Edition Toronto: Longman, 2015.

Gardner, John. On Becoming a Novelist. Toronto: WW Norton, 2000.

Other Materials

The course materials also include a reader and a student manual by Alberta writer Caterina Edwards.

Athabasca University reserves the right to amend course outlines occasionally and without notice. Courses offered by other delivery methods may vary from their individualized-study counterparts.

Opened in Revision 1, November 24, 2003.