English (ENGL) 482

Advanced Fiction Writing (Revision 2)

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Delivery Mode: Individualized study online

Credits: 3

Area of Study: Humanities

Prerequisite: English 381 and permission of the professor.

Faculty: Faculty of Humanities & Social Sciences

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English 482: 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.


English 482: Advanced Fiction Writing consists of six units:

  • Unit 1: The Writing Process: Why Write?
  • Unit 2: Reading as a Writer
  • Unit 3: Creating Character
  • Unit 4: Creating a Structure
  • Unit 5: Style
  • Unit 6: Revision


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:

Activity Weight
Assignment 1: First Chapter or Story 15%
Assignment 2, Part I: Why Write? Blog 5%
Assignment 2, Part II: Reading as a Writer Blog 5%
Assignment 3: Chapter or Story 25%
Assignment 4: Chapter or Story 30%
Assignment 5: Revision of Assignment 1, 3, or 4 20%
Total 100%

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

Course Materials


Burroway, Janet, Elizabeth Stuckey-French, and Ned Stuckey-French. Writing Fiction: A Guide to Narrative Craft, 9th edition. Boston: Pearson, 2015. (PDF)

Gardner, John. On Becoming a Novelist. Foreword by Raymond Carver. New York: W. W. Norton and Company, 1999.

Other Materials

All other course materials are available online.

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 2, May 28, 2018.

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